Illustrator Blend Tool does the trick of creating smooth transition between objects. You can blend open paths to create line effects and blend shapes to create realistic shadings. There are many creative things you can do with the Blend Tool and you will definitely be using it a lot in your illustrations.
Here are some quick interesting stuff you can do with blending.
With smooth blends you can create realistic shading which cannot be done with gradient.
You can create nice abstract blending line waves using Blend Tool. This is done by blending a dark to a light blue line.
With blend tools you can quickly align objects with specified steps.
Understanding How Blend Works
This is a quick diagram of how a blend looks. A blend needs at least 2 objects to blend. The start object will blend to the end object with the amount of steps you specified for the blend. In this case, I set it to 3 steps. A spine will also be automatically created. This spine determines the path the in between objects take.
Method 1: Using Blend Function
To quickly make a quick smooth blend. Select the 2 objects you want to blend and go Object>Blend>Make. A smooth blend with be created.
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