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Blending tool not blending or allowing me to "make" blend

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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Community Expert ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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What I have done is draw a line segment

Apply Effect >Distort & Transform > ZigZag

Duplicate zigzag line segment

Select Blend tool

Click on each line segment.

Or:

Select both zigzag line segments

Go to Object menu > Blend > Make

Then:

Double-click on Blend tool in Toolbar

Or:

Go to Object menu > Blend > Blend Options

Then:

Click Preview

Change from Smooth Color to Specified Steps

Adjust number until satisfied.

ZigZag Blend select tool.png

zigzag Blend adjust.png

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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nothing in the blend options is working at al. doesnt matter if its the smooth color, steps or distance

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Community Expert ,
Jan 31, 2019 Jan 31, 2019

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We don't even have a screenshot of your file. Let alone the important information that the layers panel contains.

So please show us something.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 31, 2019 Jan 31, 2019

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Hi Courtnea,

Sorry to hear about this issue. Please try to create a new file and check how it works. If new file also shows the same behavior, I would request if you can try resetting preferences for Illustrator and let us know if that helps: How to set preferences in Illustrator

Please note: Resetting preferences will remove all the custom settings and Illustrator will launch with default settings. You can also take a backup of the folder in case you want to. Location is mentioned in the article.

Regards,

Srishti

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New Here ,
Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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I tried this too and nothing changed, unfortunately. 😞

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Enthusiast ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Also, refer to Adobe's Help:

How to blend objects in Illustrator

Good Luck:)

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2020 Nov 18, 2020

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I had the same exact issue. The problem was that the document was RBG and I was trying to blend CMYK colors in it. I would just make sure the color settings match and it should work.

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New Here ,
Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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What exactly did you change? I'm having the same issue.  What I did was created a object in illustrator I want to use in multiple designs. Now I want it to follow a path and it won't let me "Make" a blend.

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New Here ,
Jan 02, 2021 Jan 02, 2021

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I'm having the same issue. did you find a way to fix the problem?

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Community Expert ,
Jan 03, 2021 Jan 03, 2021

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Exactly which "same" issue do you have?

Please describe and post screenshots.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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I am trying to use the blend tool here I can't click the preveiw button. I am using CMYK 

 

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After pressingblend and then ok I cant press make.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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Looks like a single textbox. Try again with 2 text items.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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They are area texts. It only works with point texts.

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New Here ,
May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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Hello,

I can't use the blend tool for text either. (for shapes it does allow me to use it)
I have already tried to restore the Illustrator preferences and it still doesn't work. My document is in CMYK.

 

thanks in advance (:

 

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Community Expert ,
May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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See Monika's answer above.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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I'm having an issue too. Here are my screencaps:

Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 3.42.50 PM.png


I start with three ellipses. Each is a gradient. I select all three with direct selection tool, click on the blend button on the toolbar, then hit enter. I cannot preview this blend, and specified steps won't affect anything. 

I am, however able to blend the three ellipses by clicking them in succession with the blend tool. This works, but the end result doesn't work. 

Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 3.46.26 PM.png


(See the blended shape below, but this is done manually and not with the click toolbar and hit enter method).

When I select them both and "replace spline" I end up with a bunch of ellipses (balls for lack of a better word). I want them to all be blended together.




Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 3.43.47 PM.png
Look at all those balls!

This is the final look I am trying to go for:

 

IMG_257C41E32767-1.jpeg


Thank you, Adobe team! 

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Community Expert ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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Can you share an Illustrator file with those 3 elipses?

Dropbox, CC filesharing, Google, WeTransfer...

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Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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Community Expert ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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Thanks,

I released your gradient, copied and pasted the dots one after the other in a new document.

Made a blend with 500 steps.

Pasted the path and replaced the spine.

It may be that the stacking order of the dots influence the blend.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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Ah thank you! This worked.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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Good to hear that helped.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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What often works better than replacing the spine:

Apply no fill no stroke to the open path.

Select the shapes you want to blend and the open path and then make the blend. Illustrator automatically uses the open path with no fill no stroke as the blend spine.

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New Here ,
Sep 16, 2021 Sep 16, 2021

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I had this same issue today, I had a circle that I copied that wouldn't "make" in the blend menu.

 

It seemed to be working with normal solid colored circles, but I was trying to blend a multi-point gradient circle.

 

I resolved it by going to Object > Compound Path > Make. After that, I was able to blend.

 

Hope this helps the next person!

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Community Expert ,
Sep 16, 2021 Sep 16, 2021

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You can make the blend, but it looks like this

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and produces an error every time you try to move it.

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New Here ,
Feb 16, 2022 Feb 16, 2022

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Hi!  I'm not able to blend either.  I don't get the preview option nor do I get the option to 'Make'.  My document is attached, and I'm trying to blend the 18 boxes with the different-colored gradients at towards the top of the workspace.  Please help!

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