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Chapter 17. BLENDS > Blending Composite Paths

Blending Composite Paths

Composite paths are those objects that have had the Join command applied. If you use composite (joined) paths in a blend, you have some extra controls as to how the blend is drawn. (For more information on composite paths, see page108.)

To use composite paths in a blend:

1.
Select the composite paths you want to blend.

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Some or all of the objects in the blend can be composite.

2.
Choose Modify > Combine > Blend.

3.
Set the Type list options in the Object inspector as follows 11:

Figure 11. The Type and Order controls are used to control the appearance of composite shapes in a blend.


  • Normal uses the normal appearance of the composite object for the blend. This is the best setting for most composite paths 12.

    Figure 12. These three composite ovals have been blended to the bottom oval at the settings of Type: Normal and Order: Stacking.


  • Horizontal gives the best appearance when the composite paths do not overlap and are arranged in a horizontal alignment.

  • Vertical gives the best appearance when the composite paths do not overlap and are arranged in a vertical alignment.

4.
Set the Order list options in the Object inspector as follows 11:

  • Positional blends the objects based on their position on the page 13.

    Figure 13. The same composite ovals have been blended to the bottom oval at the settings of Type: Horizontal and Order: Position.


  • Stacking blends the objects based on their stacking order.


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