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Community Beginner ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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I'm trying to blend two zigzag lines together on Illustrator and every time I go to blend options and blend it, it doesn't work. It also isn't allowing me to click "make" under blend. Help, please!

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Explorer ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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When you go to object>blend>blend options make sure smooth color is selected. Also toggle the preview button to see if it changes. Then go back and select make.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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It doesn't even let me toggle the preview button. I tried these steps again & its still not working.

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New Here ,
Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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Same problem. I can not press preview.  I am trying to fix it all day and nothing. If someone knows how to fix this let me now please!!!

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Community Expert ,
Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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Please show your artwork.

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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this is basically

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Screenshot_2.pngScreenshot_3.png

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Community Expert ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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There is area text in your artwork. You can't blend area text.

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New Here ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Thank you!!!

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New Here ,
Mar 14, 2021 Mar 14, 2021

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hi! i'm having the same problem.

what is 'area text'? 

i'm trying to blend those two last layers and i just can't

 

Renata5CAD_0-1615755229633.png

 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 14, 2021 Mar 14, 2021

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Please read this about text: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/text-basics.html

 

What you want is "a line of text"

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New Here ,
Apr 11, 2021 Apr 11, 2021

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I'm facing the same issue. Please help

 

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Community Expert ,
Apr 11, 2021 Apr 11, 2021

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I'm facing the same issue. Please help

 


By @Roshni5F93

 

There are acouple of different issues in this monster thread. You might want to post a screenshot.

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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I was using Illustrator all day -  the Blend function worked just fine until it didn't.  Literally stopped working!  The Preview did not work, and when I clicked "Make", all I got was basically a solid "stroke" around the smaller bend shape - no gradient blend at all. 

 

I "refreshed" my workspace, and finally, uninstalled and re-installed Illustrator.  Same problem. 

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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i cant to use blend . Why ? please help me T__TScreenshot (193).pngScreenshot (190).png

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Community Expert ,
Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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This is just one path, right? You need at least two.

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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i drew 2 path . but i cant use it again .can you explain me ? what is my false ? how i use it ?

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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i finally understood .THANK YOU ^^

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New Here ,
Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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heyy i cant to use blend make. Why ? please help me^^

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Community Expert ,
Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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Please show a screenshot that includes the layers panel. The layer needs to be open, so the objects are visible in it.

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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bless u for this

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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I'm having the same problem - the blend function is not blending - just leaving a solid stroke around my smaller image.  I did up a sample for you...

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Community Expert ,
Jan 26, 2022 Jan 26, 2022

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The layer panel shows that the bland has been created. What do you expect it to look like?

 

Also: Please embed your screenshots in your post, don't attach them. They take ages to download.

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Explorer ,
Jan 26, 2022 Jan 26, 2022

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Hi Monica,

Thanks for getting back to me. The result I expect would be like a gentle gaussian blur within the outer shape.
I eventually contacted Adobe, since the Community forum had no concrete answers.

Sumit, at Adobe, spent almost an hour with me, remotely trying to fix the issue.
She took care of files from my activity monitor and library, and reset my preferences.

After a re-start, that seemed to work just fine. BUT when I tried the Blend function on an existing file, the same "stroke"-like effect happened.
She then did a clean reinstall.
Basically a pristine, completely new Adobe program.
I restarted the computer, and the Blend function still did not work.

Sumit finally threw in the white flag and said she's going to consult her associates and would get back to me.

I did get an email from them last night asking for convenient times to call me back.

I'm working on a new Apple iMAC desktop computer, OS 12.1, so I doubt the computer is at fault.

Take care, Marilyn

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Community Expert ,
Jan 26, 2022 Jan 26, 2022

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Please upload your Illustrator file to Dropbox or Creative Cloud or the like and post the link.

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