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How to blend type objects in Adobe Illustrator Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021

Create type blends in seconds in Adobe Illustrator

blend tool type effects

How to blend type in Adobe Illustrator CS6 etc. You can create many different and interesting blends with the blend tool and type. Select two or more type objects. The type does not need to be same so you can have some type with the letters 'xyz' and also some letters 'abcd' and blend between those. You can also blend type that is set in different fonts or different colors or at different angles and different scaling in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Create an Illustrator type object such as 'some text' (using the type tool) for the first part of the blend

  2. Create another type object with conent 'some text' (you can fill the type with a paragraph etc)

  3. Go to the blend tool in the Illustrator toolbar

  4. Click the first type object and then the second type object

  5. Double click the blend tool and change the settings such as specified steps

  6. Use the direct selection tool / curvature tool etc to change the points of the selected spine of the current blend

The type and the blend are all live and can be changed at any point in the process so if you decide to change the words from 'topic' to 'some other topic' you can and then you will see the change in the blend. You can create all kinds of zoom and weird and wonderful twisting type effects by using the blend tool in Adobe Illustrator

You can also blend multiple type objects, not just two in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Create some type using the type tool such as 'text 1'

  2. In a different part of the the artboard, create some more type such as 'text 2'

  3. In another part of the artboard, create some more type 'such as text 3'

  4. repeat

  5. goto the blend tool in the Illustrator toolbar

  6. click on type object 1 and then type 2 and so on

You can modify the spine of the type blend as well as change the colors and size etc of the objects. The blend is still "live" until you expand it.