Xara Day: Xara Xtreme’s Blend Tool Basics

Xara Day on D:Illustration

It’s the first Xara Day here at Designorati:Illustration! The fourth Thursday of each month, Designorati:Illustration will bring you a feature article about one of the best illustration packages on the market: Xara Xtreme. This month on Xara Day we look at the Blend Tool in Xara Xtreme. It’s one tool with many possibilities!

Welcome to the first Xara Day at Designorati:Illustration! The fourth Thursday of each month, Designorati:Illustration will bring you a feature article about one of the best illustration packages on the market: Xara Xtreme. If you’re new to Xara, you’ll get some good insight into using the program. If you’re not new, hopefully you will pick up some tips and tricks to make working with Xara even easier. If you’re an Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Macromedia FreeHand user and want to switch to Xara Xtreme or add it to your arsenal of illustration tools, we’ll show you how Xara’s tools work to help make your transition easier.

Blend Tool

The Blend Tool creates a blend, or morph if you will, between two objects, letting the shapes, colors, and even effects meld together with a series of intermediate objects. This blend was created from a small pink heart and a larger red heart. To make the blend, you click the object that is to be the start of the blend (the pink heart), and drag to the object that will end the blend (the red heart). They don’t have to be selected; just clicking on them with the blend tool is enough to create the blend.

blend

When the blend is selected, you can see the path it travels along. On this one, it is just a straight line. When the blend is selected, and the blend tool is active in the tool box, the Blend Tool Infobar at the top of the work area will show Blend Tool settings.

Infobar