How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

posted by Audee | Wednesday, April 23, 2008

About two weeks ago, I’ve made a set of floral Photoshop brushes that has some kind of bend or twirl ribbon effect in it. I got respons on flickr asking me of how I made the effect.

photoshop brushes, floral, vectors,

Somehow it is so easy and quick to produce. Lets get start now :D


Step 1 – Draw a curve with arc tool

Find the arc tool in the tool box, and start to draw a curve on a new canvas like this:

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator


And draw another curve next to the first curve that you made.

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

Connect each edge point so it becomes a closed curves paths like this:

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

Remember: do not group those two paths because if you group it, you won’t find a nice blend effect as this tutorial will show you in the finish result.



Step 2 – How to blend

OK, now go to the menu Object > Blend > Blend Option and set it like what you see here:

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

You can fill the Specified Steps with 10 or more. Just to let you know that the more you add the number of density of the specified step then you would create more dense curve lines.
Don’t forget to set the orientation of the blend as align to path.

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

Back again to the menu, go to Object > Blend > Make (Alt + Ctrl + B), then soon you will see this on your canvas:

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator



Step 3 – Creating a nice ribbon using warp tool.

Find a Warp Tool on the tool box. Warp tool is actually my favorite tool to create curves for my photoshop brushes collections ;)

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

Start to pull each edge of curve with this warp tool like you see below by dragging and release it until you feel the shape is perfect. You can do it repeatedly until you get a nice curve:

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

As you can see, we still manage the both edge. Now we try to tweak the center curve lines. Still using the warp tool, do it exactly as I told you in the previous step but now be focused on the center curves only.

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

You will love this step, because every time you drag using the warp tool, you will get a random bends effect. Experiment a bit on another spot of curve lines. You don’t have to worry if somehow you see like broken curves after sometimes, just repeatedly shape the curve lines, you will get a nice ribbon effect again if you try a little bit harder. And here is my final result:

How to Create a Ribbon Using Blend Effect in Illustrator

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13 Comments:

  • Wow finally a tutorial. I have been wondering how you created that beautiful design. Thanks again! :)

    By Anonymous Social Networking Designer, At April 23, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

  • :) You are always welcome..thank you for following my blog updates.. I'm looking forward for a chance to write a template tutorial up next .A blend between CSS and Photoshop..hopefully I can finish it this month :D

    By Blogger Graphic Identity, At April 24, 2008 at 5:07 AM  

  • excellent..Thank you for sharing!!

    By Blogger Kelsey, At April 25, 2008 at 5:23 AM  

  • Thanks for that great tutorial. It's amazing how something so spectacular can be made to look so easy to create. Thanks again.

    By Anonymous Web Design UK, At April 25, 2008 at 10:15 PM  

  • Wonderful! I'm such a n00b at Illustrator but really want to learn. Thanks for detailed instructions and screenshots!

    By Anonymous Arielle, At April 27, 2008 at 4:24 AM  

  • Kelsey,
    you always welcome :D

    Web Design UK,
    True, it is easy...don't get bored to experiment

    Arielle,
    Come back anytime for the next tutorial ;)

    By Blogger Graphic Identity, At April 30, 2008 at 9:14 PM  

  • WOW!
    thank you for the tutorial
    i just opened this site, and its cool!

    i know nothing, so i wanna learn everything
    thank you very-very-much

    By Anonymous banonbonan, At July 2, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

  • Hey,

    What a lovely technique. It's a cool effect ^^

    I'm having a bit of trouble with this tutorial... I hope you don't mind me asking you a few questions.
    I managed to create the Arc Curves, but when I go to connect them, I don't think I do it right... because when I follow the next step (Object > Blend > Blend Option), I follow exactly what you said and it doesn't do anything...

    Also, I don't understand what you mean by "Don’t forget to set the orientation of the blend as align to path."

    Do you think you could explain it in a little more detail?

    I'm sorry to be asking you all these questions, but I really would love to learn how to do this, but I'm new to Illustrator and therefore don't understand it very well... it would mean a lot to me if you'd help me out! :) thanks for taking your time to read this comment.

    By Anonymous Rosanna, At August 25, 2008 at 9:38 PM  

  • Banonbonan,
    glad if this tutorial helps you to learn more about Illustrator :D

    Rosanna,
    Thank you for the compliment and asking the question :)Trust me! it is no problem at all for me...in fact, sorry for the late response.

    It should be showing the blend FX. I mean, when you go to the Blend Option it is actually the stage where you can customize the appearance of Blend FX. For instance, if you increase the number of spacing (by Specified Steps), you will get different FX than fewer numbers (4, 5 or 8...). But, after you finish with this customization, you must go back again to the menu, go to Object > Blend > Make (Alt + Ctrl + B), then soon you will see the Blend FX on your canvas :)

    "Don’t forget to set the orientation of the blend as align to path."
    There are two types of orientations in the blend options box:
    1. Align to Page
    2. Align to Path
    Well... I've managed to upload a new screenshot of what you need to know. Please take a look the tutorial above. Really hope it will help you a little :)

    By Blogger Graphic Identity, At September 3, 2008 at 8:12 PM  

  • thankyou for the tutorial. I try to do that for my blog. thanks again.
    could you give me some advice how do I do to change the template with my own design. I find some difficulties to make codes by html or css. i'm still learning

    By Anonymous yulia, At February 8, 2009 at 9:25 AM  

  • Hi Yulia,
    Thank you for your comments. If you want to change template for your Blogger theme, I suggest you to visit this page http://help.blogger.com/ or download free Blogger templates to learn the HTML and CSS structure from scratch. Simply Googling it, and you'll get tons of free blogger template lists on internet. Graphic Identity Blog is using "Classic Blogger". While the "New Blogger" has another kind of coding and CSS syntax.

    By Blogger Graphic Identity, At February 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

  • wow,.wonderfully described. i appreciate it. thanks for sharing and let me know about this.

    By Anonymous Graphic Design, At June 6, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

  • Thanks!!! this is a great tut, can't wait to try it out

    By Anonymous florence, At July 2, 2011 at 1:20 AM  

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