Blending objects

CorelDRAW lets you create blends, such as straight-line blends, blends along a path, and compound blends. Blends are often used for creating realistic shadows and highlights in objects.

CorelDRAW shaping blend shadow highlight Blending objects

The highlights and shadows in the object on the right were created by using blends.

A straight-line blend shows a progression in shape and size from one object to another. The outline and fill colors of the intermediate objects progress along a straight-line path across the color spectrum. The outlines of intermediate objects show a gradual progression in thickness and shape.

After you create a blend, you can copy or clone its settings to other objects. When you copy a blend, the object takes on all the blend-related settings, except for their outline and fill attributes. When you clone a blend, changes you make to the original blend (also called the master) are applied to the clone.

CorelDRAW shaping blend straight Blending objects

Straight-line blends can be used to create graphics with a glass-like appearance. The rollover button (left) contains a blend of tightly overlapped blended objects.

You can fit objects along part or all of a path’s shape, and you can add one or more objects to a blend to create a compound blend.

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The straight-line blend (top) is fitted to a curved path (bottom).

You can change the appearance of a blend by adjusting the number and spacing of its intermediate objects, the blend’s color progression, the nodes the blends map to, the blend’s path, and the start and end objects. You can fuse the components of a split or compound blend to create a single object.

CorelDRAW shaping blend comp Blending objects

This compound blend consists of three blends.

You can also split and remove a blend.

CorelDRAW shaping blend nodes Blending objects

By mapping nodes, you can control the appearance of a blend. Two nodes on the polygon are mapped to two nodes of a star shape, showing a more gradual transition (bottom).


To blend objects

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To
Do the following
Blend along a straight line
In the toolbox, click the Blend tool CorelDRAW pgx interact blend tool Blending objects. Select the first object, and drag over the second object. If you want to reset the blend, press Esc as you drag.
Blend an object along a freehand path
In the toolbox, click the Blend tool. Select the first object. Hold down Alt, and drag to draw a line to the second object.
Fit a blend to a path
In the toolbox, click the Blend tool. Click the blend. Click the Path properties button CorelDRAW pgx blend pathprop Blending objects on the property bar. Click New path. Using the curved arrow, click the path to which you want to fit the blend.
Stretch the blend over an entire path
Select a blend that is already fitted on a path. Click the Miscellaneous blend options button CorelDRAW pgx blend miscellaneous Blending objects on the property bar, and enable the Blend along full path check box.
Create a compound blend
Using the Blend tool, drag from an object to the start or end object of another blend.


To copy or clone a blend

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Select the two objects you want to blend.
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Click Effects, and click one of the following:
Copy effect CorelDRAW onestep Blending objects Blend from
Clone effect CorelDRAW onestep Blending objects Blend from
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Select the blend whose attributes you want to copy or clone.

CorelDRAW note Blending objects

 
You can’t copy or clone a compound blend.

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
You can also use the Eyedropper tool CorelDRAW pgx eyedropper tool Blending objects to copy a blend. For more information, see “To copy effects from one object to another.”

To set the number of intermediate objects in a blend

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Select a blend.
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Type a value in the Number of steps or offset between blend shapes box on the property bar.
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Press Enter.

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
You can set object and color acceleration rates by clicking the Object and color acceleration button CorelDRAW pgx blend object accel Blending objects on the property bar and moving the corresponding slider.

To set the distance between objects in a blend that is fit to a path

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Select a blend that is fit to a path.
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Click the Blend spacing button CorelDRAW pgx blend numsteps Blending objects on the property bar.
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Type a value in the Number of steps or offset between blend shapes box on the property bar.
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Press Enter.

CorelDRAW note Blending objects

 
If you have used the Blend along full path command, the Blend spacing button is unavailable.

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
You can set object and color acceleration rates by clicking the Object and color acceleration button CorelDRAW pgx blend object accel Blending objects on the property bar and moving the corresponding slider.

To set the color progression in a blend

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Select a blend.
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On the property bar, click one of the following:
Direct blend CorelDRAW pgx blend straight Blending objects
Clockwise blend CorelDRAW pgx blend clockwise Blending objects
Counterclockwise blend CorelDRAW pgx blend coclockwise Blending objects

CorelDRAW note Blending objects

 
You can’t create color progressions by using blended objects filled with bitmaps, texture, pattern, or PostScript fills.

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
You can set how fast the object’s colors transform from the first to the last object by clicking the Object and color acceleration button CorelDRAW pgx blend object accel Blending objects on the property bar and moving the corresponding sliders.

To map the nodes of a blend

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Select a blend.
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Click the Miscellaneous blend options button CorelDRAW pgx blend miscellaneous Blending objects on the property bar.
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Click the Map nodes button on the property bar.
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Click a node on the start object and on the end object.

To work with the start or end objects in a blend

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To
Do the following
Select the start or end object
Select a blend, click the Start and end object properties button CorelDRAW pgx blend startend Blending objects on the property bar, and click Show start, or Show end.
Change the start or end object of a blend
Select a blend, click the Start and end object properties button on the property bar, and click New start, or New end. Click an object outside the blend that you want to use as the start or end of the blend.
Fuse the start or end object in a split or compound blend
Hold down Ctrl, click a middle object in a blend, and then click a start or end object. Click the Miscellaneous options button CorelDRAW pgx blend miscellaneous Blending objects on the property bar. If you have selected the start object, click the Fuse start button CorelDRAW pgx fuse start Blending objects. If you have selected the end object, click the Fuse end button CorelDRAW pgx fuse end Blending objects.

 

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
You can reverse the direction of the blend by clicking Arrange CorelDRAW onestep Blending objects Order CorelDRAW onestep Blending objects Reverse order.

To change the blend path

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Select a blend.
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Click the Path properties button CorelDRAW pgx blend pathprop Blending objects on the property bar, and click New path.
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Click the path you want to use for the blend.

You can also
Detach a blend from a path
Click the Path properties button CorelDRAW pgx blend pathprop Blending objects on the property bar, and click Detach from path.
Change the path of a selected freehand blend
Click the blend path with the Shape tool CorelDRAW pgx shape tool Blending objects, and drag a path’s node.

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
To select the blend path, click the Path properties button, and click Show path.

To split a blend

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Select a blend.
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Click the Miscellaneous options button CorelDRAW pgx blend miscellaneous Blending objects on the property bar.
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Click the Split button CorelDRAW pgx split blend Blending objects.
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Click the intermediate object at the point at where you want to split the blend.

CorelDRAW note Blending objects

 
You can’t split a blend at the intermediate object that is immediately adjacent to the start or end object.

To remove a blend

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Select a blend.
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Click Effects CorelDRAW onestep Blending objects Clear blend.

CorelDRAW tip Blending objects

 
You can also remove a selected blend by clicking the Clear blend button CorelDRAW pgx effects clear Blending objects on the property bar.

Blending objects