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Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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5 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Introduction

      0:58
    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Part 1

      5:08
    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Part 2

      4:29
    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Part 3

      10:09
    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Extra video for CS5 and earlier users

      5:53
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About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn to create blends and apply gradients and blend modes to the blended elements. Here is an example of one element we will create in addition to the one on the cover image:

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More in this series:

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5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

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Transcripts

1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch get creative with blends. Illustrator for Lunch is a series of illustrated classes, each of which teaches one or two illustrated techniques. You'll get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills in the projects you'll create. Today we're looking at working with blends in Illustrator and you'll see how you can combine shapes with blends and gradients to make interesting objects and background effect. As you're working through these videos, you may see a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you are enjoying the class, give it a thumbs up. These recommendations helped me get my classes in front of more people just like you who want to learn more about Illustrator. If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. Now if you're ready, let's get started working with blends in Illustrator. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Part 1: For our first blend, I'm going to create a new document which is going to be 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels in size. I've turned off align new objects to pixel grid, and I am working in RGB color mode, so I'll click "OK". I'm going to start with a circle, so I'm just going to hold the Shift key as I drag out an ellipse. I'm going to remove the fill from it and I'm going to set a stroke color of orange. Now I've got an illustrator setting set up that's going to scale the stroke effects if I enlarge this circle, I want to disable that for this. I'm going to choose edit, and then preferences, and general. I'm going to turn off in the general preferences, scales, strokes and effects, and click "OK". If you're working on a Mac, you'll find that by choosing illustrator and then preferences. This will allow me to make a duplicate of this object by just Alt dragging a duplicate away and enlarge it, and it's still going to have a two pixel strike because it's not being scaled with the object. That's what I want to happen here. I'm going to give this a green stroke. To make my blend, I'm going to select both objects, and I'm going to choose object, blend, make. I'll get a blend from small to large, and from orange to green. I'm going to select either my blend, and I'm going to double click the blend tool here in the tool palette, with that opens up the blend options dialog. I'm going to turn preview on, and I'm going to set this to specified step so I can control the number of steps in the blend. I can make more or less by just adjusting this value and click "OK". It's also possible to make a blend go along a path. I'm going to go and get my spiral tool. It's just a tool bus positioned with the line segment tool. I'm going to click once in the document. I have a radius of 50, a decay of 80, so it's going to decay pretty quickly, 10 segments and I'm going in a counterclockwise direction. I'll click "OK", and that's created a spiral. I'm going to just enlarge my spiral a bit. Just holding shift as I do so, so it's constrained to its regular proportions. I'm going to put my blend along this spiral. I'm going to select both objects, the blend and the spiral. I'm going to choose object blend, and I'll choose replace spine. That's going to replace this linear spine with this spine to make the blend rotate around my spiral, I'll click replace spine. Now I chose counterclockwise direction because I knew I was coming from large on one side to small on the other. If you choose a spiral shape that doesn't work with your blend, just go and reselect your blend and choose object, blend and choose reverse spine. From this, you will say that I'm going now from large in the middle, to small on the outside. It's not what I want, but that will help you if you need to reverse your spine. Just going to go back and reverse it again, so I'll get what I want. I can fine tune this blend and I'm doing so by going to the selection tool. I'm just going to double-click on this shape here, and continue to click until I've got it in isolation mode. Now I can adjust just the starting circle, and when I make it bigger, you can say that the entire blend has changed because it's updated to go from this larger circle to the smaller one. I'm going to click away from that, and I'm going to go and pick up this circle. I am just going to enlarge it a little bit too. Then with the direct selection tool, I'm just going to press the "Escape" key to get out of isolation mode. I can come in here to this spiral, locate the points on this spiral, and just adjust them a little bit to tighten up the inside of this spiral, and just make the blend work a little bit better with it. I'm trying to get a space around my spiral a little bit. Working with the direct selection tool allows me to isolate these anchor points and individually edit them. Now this spiral could be used in things like making patterns, but you could also use it as a decorative element. One of the things that you might choose to do is to create a rectangle over the interesting part of the spiral and then clip the entire image to this rectangle. I've got a no fill, no strike rectangle here. I'm going to my last palette. I'm just going to open up what I've got here, and see I've got a rectangle and a blend. I'm going to select both of those, and I'm going to right click with the selection tool, and choose make clipping path, and that just clips the spiral to the rectangle. This element itself might make an interesting image for social media, or for web use. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Part 2: For our next blend effect, I'm again going to choose exactly the same settings for my start image at 1,000 pixels by 1,000 pixels, RGB, and I've got a line new objects to pixel grid turned off. I'm going to make sure that I have a stroke selected but no fill at all, and I'm going to start out by drawing a very small circle here, going to select the circle, and I'm going to choose "Effect", "Distort" and "Transform", "Transform". So I'm going to use the transform tools here. I'm going to turn preview on, I'm going to set my angle to 15 degrees, I'm going to set my horizontal and vertical scale to a 105 percent, and I'm going to start cranking up the number of copies. What I have here is a transition from a small shape to a larger one, and everything is centered over the top of the original circle, because this icon here, this middle of these nine boxes is selected. If we change it and select one of the other boxes, different things happen. We are creating interesting spiral effects. Now, I'm going to take this as the effect that I'm looking for. I'm just looking for an interesting spiral. I've got 70 copies selected. I'll click "Okay". Now, everything is associated with this circle here, so, if I move this circle, everything moves. If I enlarge or shrink this circle, I just enlarged at the wrong one, I want to shrink it now, then the entire shape is going to be reformed. I'm going to take this shape now, and I'm going to expand it, so, I'm just going to watch the layers panel, so we can see what's happening here. Right now, we've got a single path for the transformation on it. I'm going to select that and expand it, so, I'm going to Object, Expand, Appearance. Now, I've got a group with a whole series of circles in it, so, I'm going to break out that group, Object, Ungroup. [inaudible] got groups. Every single one of these circles is a group, so, I'm going to again choose "Object", "Ungroup". What I'm looking for, it's just a whole series of path, I want to keep this last palette as clean and tidy as I can because of what I'm about to do next. I've got all layers shape selected, so, this is what I've got, a whole series of individual circles. I'm selecting them, and I'm going to blend those, Object, Blend, Make. I'm going to double click the blend tool here, I'm going to turn preview on, I'm going to specified steps. I'm going to start increasing the values here. What I'm looking for is some interesting patterns here throughout the blended area, and I'll click "Okay". This is the blend that I have so far. I'm again going to select over this, and you can see that it's a blend in the last palette here. What I'm going to do, is I'm going to break out the blends. I'm going to choose "Object", "Expand", click "Okay". Now, I've got a whole series of shapes, and they're all grouped. Again, I'm going to choose "Object", "Ungroup". Just to make sure that I have just a lot of circles here. So now, let's see what we've got. This as what we have so far. I'm again going to select "Over Everything", and I'm going to the Swatches panel. I'm going to open the flyout list here, choose "Open Swatch Library", and then "Gradients". I'm going to choose fruit and vegetable because they are some interesting gradients here. I have already opened up the Swatches panel here, and chosen large thumbnail view. It just makes it easier to see what your swatches are going to be like. So I'm going to apply a gradient color to the lines of my circles, and this is now the effect that I can get. You can see with the gradient we are now getting some more interesting things happening in the center of the circle. [inaudible] going to press "Control" or "Command Z" just to undo this, let's just go back to what it looked like when it was black. That's what it looks like when it's black, let's select everything, let's apply a gradient. Much more interesting with the gradient. So you can reselect it and try different gradients to see what effect you get. Again, we could create a clipping mask for this and use that element for a social media post, or for a background element, or some logo if we wished. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Part 3: For our final pattern, I'm going to choose file new. I'm working with 1000 pixel by 1000 pixel image RGB color mode turned off. Align new objects to pixel grid. I'll click okay. Now, this is a process that I learned from a Russian designer who posts really good videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, her videos are largely in Russian and she uses a Russian version or did use a Russian version of Illustrator. It made it a little hard to understand what was going on. This is Julie Ross's process, but I'm going to show you it here. I'm going to start with just a black stroke and no fill, that's really critical. I'm going to the pencil tool and I'm going to double-click on it because I want to have a look and see what settings I have here. Well, I've got smooth cranked write-up and that's a really good idea because we want some smooth lines and I've got everything else deselected here. I'm just going to click okay. I'm going to draw out with my pencil tool some lines across my document. I'm going start just over the edge here. I'm going to make some nice loopy lines and just some bendy ones. You probably want about six or seven lines in total, but you do want them to be nice and bendy. If you make a line that you don't like, just press control or command Z and just undo it. Once we've got a nice tangle of lines, we're going to the selection tool, going to select over all of these lines. Then you're going to choose object, blend, make. Double-click on the blend tool, click preview, go to specified steps and start cranking up the steps. Now, we learned a lot in that last video about what sort of patterns were likely to see behind this texture if we are able to use a gradient on it. Don't be afraid of building up some really quite dark areas here in your image. I'm just going to click okay. I'm going to erase, select either my entire object. I'm going to apply a gradient to this blend. But first of all, what I am going to do is I'm going to expand my blend. I'm going to object, expand, and I'll click okay. In the last palette, we've got a group with lots of other groups in it. I'm going to choose object, ungroup, and I'm going to continue to do that until everything is ungrouped, just into single path. I'm going to select over my paths, and I'm going to apply a gradient. This time I'm going to apply a color harmony. I'm going to open up the swatches panel, go to open swatch library gradients, and I'm going to choose spectrum. Now, I've lost my nice big thumbnails, so let's go to large thumbnail view. What I want to show you just before we leave this spectrum or before we use this spectrum, is that if you don't like the gradient you see here, if you click this icon, you're going to load a different set of gradient. You can navigate through the gradients that you have in your gradient collection by just clicking on these icons. There is a neutral [inaudible] metals. These are gems and jewels, here's fruit and vegetables again. You can go backwards and forwards through that list by just clicking here. You don't have to continually go back and open the panel. I'm going to spectrum. I'm going to choose this spectrum. I can close this now because it's been added to my swatches panel because I've actually used it. I'm just going to click away. You can see how this has given us a really interesting look to our design. Now, as we're working with the design, I'm going to select over all of these objects, but it would really help me if I could say what I was doing. I'm going to view, and I'm going choose here, hide edges, and what that does is it hides the edges of my selection. I can actually say live what my shape is looking like. I've left the bounding box on because I just want to be reminded that I am actually working on all of these objects. I'm going to choose the gradient panel here because this is where I can adjust my gradient. If you want to make changes to your gradient, make changes to the color, or make changes to where the transition is, you can do so by dragging on these sliders. The ones underneath the gradient are the color stops. This is the yellow color stop. If I move it closer to orange, then the transition from yellow to orange is going to be faster, and the transition from yellow to green is going to be slow because it takes up more of this gradient. These on the top are intermediate stops. What they tell you is where the intermediate point between blue and this color is. If we drag it closer to the darker color, the transition is going to be much steeper. We're going to have a lot of blue, and then a really fast transition into this color here. If it's in the middle, then we're going to have a slow and even transition with our colors. You can work on your gradient so you can adjust it if you wish. I'm going to bring a little bit more grain into the end of this here because it's been cut off a little bit and just click away. Now, what I also want to do is I want to work on the blending mode, how each of these lines is blended in with every other line. I'm going to click on the layer to select everything here. I'm going to my appearance panel. You can see here that I have layer contents and what I'm doing here if I were to work with the appearance panel is I would be working with the entire layout. Anything I did would be the way the layer interacts with other things. If I click on contents, double-click just to open it up. Now, anything I'm doing is affecting all these lines individually. What I want to do is to change the blend mode. How every line here interacts with every other line. I'm going to open up opacity and I'm going to set this to screen. Now,there are other couple of blend modes that worked particularly well. One's multiply and one's screen. But I'm going to try screen because I really like these light points that it gives us. I'm going back to the layers panel. I'm going to add a new layer here the very top. I'm going to target this layer and I'm going to add a black-filled rectangle to my artboard. I'm just going to click here. My artboard is 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. My rectangle is going to be that as well. I'm just going to go and get black, going to fill it with black notes stroke. Go to the align panel here. You can get to it by choosing Window Align, drop-down the menu, choose show options. Make sure I have aligned to artboard selected so I can now center this shape on my artboard. In the last panel, I've just collapsed both my layers so that all I can see is the layer itself. I'm going to drag layer one on top of layer two. That just reverses the order of these layers. It's very easy for me now to say what my shape looks like with screen blend mode over a black background. Now, before we have a look at this shape with a white background and a multiply blend mode. Let's just go and borrow this rectangle, just going to drag and drop it onto this new icon. Now, I'm going to take this rectangle and just drop it up in the top of layer one. It's going to black everything out. But what I want to do is to use it as a clipping mask. I'm going to select layer one. I'm going to the selection tool, I'm going to right-click and choose Make clipping mask. That's just clipping the contents of layer one to the rectangle that is the size of the artboard. Just giving us a little bit better look and see what our shape actually looks like. Now, let's see what it's going to look like if we use multiply blend mode on a white background because there's not going to work on a black background. Let's go and turn my black background off for a minute. Let's go back to this layer one. Let's open up our clipping group. What I'm going to do is I'm going to select everything except the rectangle symmetric [inaudible] the rectangle that will allow me to select everything in this clipping group except the rectangle. I'm going to the appearance panel. Here, you can see that I've got path showing and I've got an opacity of a 100 percent screen blend mode. Well, let's open that up and let's change the blend mode for every single one of these shapes to multiply. You can see that this gives us a different look. The Multiply blend mode gives us a much darker effect on our shapes. You can use either of these or you could experiment with other Blend modes. Most probably it won't do anything, but you might find something that is more interesting for you. Of course, when you finish doing all of this, you will want to turn your edges back on so go to view and click show edges because you want to make sure that when you've got something selected that you are actually seeing the edges on it. Your project for this class is going to be to create one or more of these blend effects yourself and to apply a gradient if you wish to them and then post the resulting image in the class project area. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learned something about being creative with blends and gradients in Illustrator. If you did enjoy this class and when you say a prompt to recommend it to others, please give it a thumbs up. This helps others to identify this as the class that they may want to take. If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and I look at it and respond to all of your class project. I'm Helen Bradley. Thank you for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for lunch. Getting creative with blends. I'll look forward to seeing you in another episode of Illustrator for lunch, soon. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Extra video for CS5 and earlier users: If you're working with Illustrator CS5, CS4 or earlier, you're going to encounter a problem when you go to create the ribbon effect the way we did it in the last video. The reason for this is that the ability to use a gradient for a stroke was only new in Illustrator CS6, so CS5 users won't be able to do just that. But I've got a workaround for you that allows us to create pretty much the same ribbon effect, but I still suggest that you watch the first video just to get an idea as to where your headed. Now, I'm going to choose to create a new document, a 1,000 points by a 1,000 points in size is fine, RGB color. I'll click, Ok. Now, I'm going to the Pencil Tool as I did in the previous video. I'm going to double click on it and just make sure that I have smoothness set really high because I want Illustrator to smooth out my pencil lines. I'll click Ok. Now I don't want them to be filled, but I do want them to have just a regular black stroke, and I'm going to create just a few pencil lines. We're going to be done pretty much the same way as they were in the original video, I'm probably just not going to create quite so many. Once I've created my lines, I'm going to select over all of them so that they're all selected. I'm going to be aware of the stroke weight because we're not going to be able to change that to much later on. I want them to be quite thin lines and then I'll choose Object, Blend, Make. I'm going to double click on the Blend Tool here in the tools palette. I'm going to select Specified Steps, I'm going to turn preview on. I'm going to crank up this value quite high. So here I've got specified steps of 60 and I've got quite a good effect happening here, so I'll click Ok. So far we're at exactly the same places we would have been in the earlier video. I'm going to open up the last pallet because we're going to need to keep an eye on what's happening here. What I want to do at this stage is to break out this blend. With everything still selected, I'm going to choose Object, Expand. I'm quite happy to leave all the options in this box selected and just click Ok. Now, let's open up the last pallet and you'll see here that now we have a group that has lots of paths in it, one for each of the lines. I'm going to choose Object, Ungroup. Now, I just have all the lines that we have that comprise the objects. I'm just going to click away from here right now, you can see this is what we're going to have. Now, this is the point in the previous video where we applied a gradient to the line. If you try to do that in earlier versions of Illustrator, even though it tries to put it on the line, it actually ends up being on the fill. I'm just going to show you what happens because we're going to need this panel anyway. I'm going to open my Swatch Library, I'm going to Gradients, and I'm going to choose Spectrums. I'm going to click on the Spectrum that we planned to use. Even though the stroke was at the four there, it's been applied as a fill and there's no way that I can apply it as a stroke. Nothing when I click it here is working. I'm just going to turn the fill off entirely. Right now we have a series of thin lines. We can't apply a gradient to the strokes, but we could apply it to a fill. Let's select either all of these shapes again and we're going back to Object, Expand. This time, I'm going to disable Fill, because there is no fill on those lines but I do want to expand the current stroke. So I'll click Ok. Now I get a whole series of group, so again with everything still selected, I'm going to choose Object, Ungroup until everything is just a path. Now, let's have a look at one of these. I'm just going to click on one of these and you can see it now has a black fill, but no stroke. What we've done in expanding our strokes is we've actually turned these lines from having a black stroke to actually being just a filled shape. Effectively, now they're a really long thin bent rectangle. It's just that there's no easy way to get to that point without using the blend. Now that we've got our lines, let's go and select over everything and now let's go to the Fill and let's apply our gradient. When I do that, we've got the effect that we expected to see. I'm going to select over all the shapes again, go to the Appearance Panel. Here I have my same opacity settings here so I can set it to multiply, and that will give me a very dark effect here. So everywhere these shapes are overlapping, it's going to multiply the colors so they're going to darken and of course that would work well on a white background. If I select over all the shapes and use instead the blend mode screen, then I'm going to get that light effect, so that would work very well on a black background. Now you can follow the previous video in terms of making a clipping mask for this shape and also for adding your black background if you wish but this is a way of solving the problem with Illustrator CS5, CS4 and earlier where you're not able to apply a gradient to a stroke, but here we've converted lines into filled shapes to avoid that problem.