Intro

Ace illustrator Radim Malinic says that when you look at the Blending tool among the plethora of other features within Illustrator, it is like the onion in an Irish stew. Although you wouldn’t use it as the main ingredient, it provides vital depth of flavour. 

In a similar way, the Blending tool provides invaluable help with colour gradients, path blending – even shape multiplying – by taking two elements and working out every stage in-between, should you need to prepare an elaborate swatch library.

Radim puts this hidden gem in the spotlight and, once mastered, he believes the Blending tool should become a staple feature of your creative arsenal. Here he offers a foolproof way to create a striking illustration from one simple idea.

Time to complete

2 - 3 hours

Software

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop