Create an Abstract Background in Illustrator CS3

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Theater Profile Background

Blended Objects are a quick way to create unique backgrounds. When you use the Blend tool you can create smooth transitions between objects. Recently, we created an audacious design for a new web site called Theaterprofile.com. We wanted to capture the essence of the theater by using color and motion in the background. We used Illustrator CS3 and its various tools such as Blends, Gradients, and the Mesh Tool to create this one-of-a-kind background.

Blend Tool Tutorial

Get started using the Blend Tool in Illustrator CS3.

1.GRADIENT BACKGROUND:
Create a rectangular path and fill it with a red and black gradient.

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2.ABSTRACT WAVE:
Draw two wavy lines.

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3. BLEND TOOL > STEP 1:
Click on the Blend tool on your toolbar. Select the two anchor points on the lines.

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4. BLEND TOOL > STEP 2:
Go to the top menu Object > Blend > Blend Options, there will be a number of Steps on the right.

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5. BLEND TOOL > STEP 3:
Enter Specified Steps = 20.

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6.  CHANGE THE STROKE:
The Blend is complete. Change the weight of the stroke to 5 pixels.

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7. CHANGE THE COLOR:
Change the color of the stroke to black and change the transparency to 50 percent opacity.

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8. FINISH:
Copy the Blended lines and reflect the lines. The background is complete. Blends can be used and explored in many ways. Play with the stroke, color, and steps to achieve a one-of-a-kind design.

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For further details about Blend Tool Check Out the Adobe Help Resource Center for Illustrator CS3/CS4

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