Illustrator Trick #9: Colorful Waves

Abstract wave blend

This is a common trick to produce abstract colorful waves in illustrator. First you draw a curve line using the Pen Tool and drag a copy of it by holding Alt/Option. Select the Blend Tool and click the first line and hold ALt/Option while you click the second line to show the Blend Options. Change Spacing to Specified Steps and set it to 5.

Select the Direct selection Tool and edit the curve. Make sure the 2 lines intersect each other to crate a nice wave. Change one of the line stroke to a darker color to see it blend into a colorful wave.

This technique can be used to create nice colorful waves for background deign. Try blending 3 lines of different color to make it even more attractive.

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See Illustrator’s Blend Tool: A Comprehensive Guide for more uses of Blend Tool.

14 thoughts on “Illustrator Trick #9: Colorful Waves”

  1. It IS very helpful. It’s quite simple, not much explaining to do. But I would have never known about it if I hadn’t read this, thanks!

  2. Totally frikkin’ epic! This is just what I needed for the last week – you saved my skin! Thanks! 🙂

  3. This is really cool, i have been searching the internet for so long on how i’m gonna do this but this tutorial is kinda helpful but how can i make the waves to have more than one color?

  4. Yea this is pretty cool but for the people who really are barely getting starting to get familiar with the pen tool.

  5. Awesome work you did for me, I was not familiar with the term ‘Blending’ and I was searching this trick from weeks, after lot of searching I found this tip. And spending something like 3.5 hours I managed to understand what you were trying to explain. If you have done it with snapshots I might get it quickly, Still many thanks for this great work.

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