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Blending Gradients in Illustrator

How do you make a gradient bend to the shape you are creating? The answer is in Illustrator’s under-used Blend tool.


  • Gary Spedding says:

    Very cool way to manipulate radial gradients just uncovered this week and dealt with on the Layers Forum. No one seems to have known of it before. Check it out.

    Fits well with your topic today.

  • hanz says:

    awesome… i’ve been looking for this tut… thank you much

  • GreenAura says:

    Amazing Tutorials. Need More Like This.

  • Chris says:

    Cory, continues to deliver such innovative ideas that stretches the mind of creative wonders. One word:WOW !

  • nG says:

    extra tutorial for designers

  • vjspin3 says:

    That’s what we need! Creative exploration! Thanks so much for all the starting points you and Dave Cross offer. It’s nice to be able to do the production aspects that the others demonstrate, but it’s the creativity explorations that got most of us into this business and open the spigot to our creative juices. You and Dave allow it to explode out of the pipeline. My mind is already going in 2 or 3 directions in thinking of ways to apply what I just saw to one of my projects.

  • Denise Orford says:

    Thank you Great!

  • MED BEN says:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH , this is the real IA of ADOBE.

  • Edwina says:

    Just started with Illustrator, but thanks to your tutorials, I look like a semi-pro.

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  • Sandy says:

    This was great! I am just getting familiar with Illustrator and had no idea what the “warp” tool did. Loved it!

  • Anton says:

    This is cool effect though, “blend” gradient has slower redraw.

  • ada says:

    this is great and helpful


  • Guus Hoeve says:

    Hey there,

    Very nice one with the blend tool. But how do you apply this to lets say a round object? Pretty much work to get a rircle with the pen tool.


  • Danae says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorials! They are such great tools to empower designers like me to bigger possibilities!

  • Patrick says:

    Is there any way to download this video. I have been trying to figure out how to do this for a very long time. Thank you!

  • Allison says:

    corelDRAW has been doing this for a LOOOONNNNNG time. its about time adobe caught on!

  • Vet Vet says:

    This was so awesome. You do a very good job at making things plain. Do you have a book published? Also, do you have a tutorial on blending photographs in this same way using Illustrator CS3, or do I have to use photoshop for this?

  • Mike says:

    Very useful tutorial!
    Is there also a way to make a gradient follow the shape of text? For example a letter S with the gradient bending in an s-shape?

  • Chip says:

    Excellent tutorial 🙂

  • Trish says:

    OMG!!! you are my hero now lol I was having problems with that thx for taking the time and do this tut

  • Dale Ragland says:

    That explained it all, thank you so much.

  • i’m really happy to have found this lesson.. i’ve already started playing around with the effects and it allows me to create some really interesting looking objects.. i can see this process being really useful in the future once i start to master it a bit.. thank you

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  • Raton says:

    We just had our family get-together last month and I remembered something that our grandparents imparted to us during supper about life in general. I find that moment very valuable because we were able to spend time together and value the importance of one another .

  • Derek says:

    This just shows me how much I need to learn in Illustrator. Thanks for the great video Corey.

  • charishma says:

    Thanks 4 this valuable tutorial ..
    learnt alot from it..

  • Grade A says:

    I enjoyed this short, helpful tutorial on making gradients bendable. Why weren’t you my teacher in college??? I like your style. Not too fast and not to slow and you stay on topic. NICE:)

  • lucre says:

    just what i always needed!!! thanks so much!