CHAPTER 21 Blends and Contours

Although they’re different effects, blends and contours share the common trait of creating many shapes based on control shapes; the additional shapes are dynamically linked to the control object, and the “in-between” objects will vary in size, color, and outline shape depending on how you set up the effect. Blends and contours are a boon to the designer who wants to add shading to flat color fills in a way that fountain fills do not. Additionally, blend objects can be used to illustrate the transition between two objects of similar or completely dissimilar shape. This chapter takes you through the use of blends and contours so you can add these effects to your bag of illustration tricks and create outstanding, intriguing ...

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