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62 a-e-mag.com • A&E AUGUST 2017 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E to be long enough to accommodate the blend, especially if there are a lot of twists and turns within the path. (fig 5) At any time, the path can be adjusted by moving the nodes and/or adjusting the node handles, and the blend will respond accordingly. This makes it possible to con- figure the blend according to your needs. In general, it is best to assign No Stroke or Fill to the path so when deselected, only the blend is visible. The following options are available to blends following a path. ROTATING OBJECTS Normally, all of the Blend-on-a-Path components will maintain their original orientation to the Straight Line path they were on when the blend was conceived. There is a Miscellaneous Blend Options icon in the Properties bar, and in its sub- menu is an option to Rotate All Objects along the Path. When left unchecked, the original orientation holds, but when checked, each component rotates slightly to conform to the direction the path takes. BLEND ALONG FULL PATH In the same submenu, there is a Blend Along Full Path Option that will force the blend to fill out the entire length of the path. Left unchecked, the blend will stick to its original parameters. PATH ALIGNMENT OF BLEND Normally, objects are oriented to the path at their centers. However, they can be adjusted above or below the path by clicking on the last component in the path to highlight it and then move it up or down in relation to the path. All of the other components will follow suit. (fig 6a, 6b, 6c) The above examples are linear in nature to help you understand how the Blend tool works and all the options that are avail- able to it. It is also possible to use it in a concentric manner within the interior of a shape. In fact, this is probably the most common use of the Blend tool since fig 3 fig 4

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