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I have always used the blend feature, but only half of it. When the box pops up it shows two options. Straight lines and the other appears on a path. I have always used the first option because I have never been able to figure out how to use the second. How do you use it?...

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    I have always used the blend feature, but only half of it. When the box pops up it shows two options. Straight lines and the other appears on a path. I have always used the first option because I have never been able to figure out how to use the second. How do you use it?
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    Nate_Stevens@adobeforums.com Guest

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    If you are referring to align to page or align to path, see this thread. <http://www.adobeforums.com/cgi-bin/webx?128.3bb50d46>

    While the thread does not explain it, if you recreate the troubled element it shows, you can see a difference using the two options.
    John_Kallios@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Nate,

    The difference between the two options will not be evident if you simply select two objects and blend them. To understand the two options, do this:

    1. Rectangle Tool: Draw a Rectangle.

    2. Normal Selection Pointer: OptionShiftDrag a copy of it straight to the right.

    3. Select both rectangles. Object>Blend>Make (choose either of the two options; doesn't matter).

    4. Ellipse Tool: Draw a circle.

    5. Select your Blend and the circle. Object>Blend>Replace Spine.

    6. Now open Object>Blend>Blend Options. Turn on the Preview checkbox. Switch back and forth between the two options and watch the difference.

    Align to Page tells the intermediate steps of the blend to remain oriented as the originals are, relative to the page. Align to Path tells them to rotate according to the curvature of the spine path along which the blend is attached.

    JET
    James_Talmage@adobeforums.com Guest

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    That was fun, JET, thank you! I love learning this way:)
    Quickie result: http://imagessence.com/other/blendtest.html
    Which was a lot easier that some other ways it might have been done.

    Thanks again,
    inez

    inez@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Very nice, Inez! Great example of how the humblest and most mundane feature can be put to elegant use.

    JET
    James_Talmage@adobeforums.com Guest

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