Abstract Background

In my previous tutorial, I’ve showed you how to make stylish flowers with the Blend Tool. This tutorial will show you how to make an abstract background with Illustrator Blend Tool. It is very cool and simple!

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Required: Illustrator 9+

1. Gradient Background

Create a rectangular path and fill it with blue gradient.

gradient path

2. Screen Gradient Paths

Create another path with Blue-Black gradient and select Screen Blending Mode. This will create a lighter blue gradient shade. If your color setting is CMYK, make sure the black is full black (C,M,Y,K=100). The red arrow on the image is the direction of the gradient fill.

screen path

Repeat the previous step to create another Screen gradient path.

screen path

3. Abstract Wave

Make 2 white stroke paths.

wave strokes

4. Blend Tool

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, enter Specified Steps = 20. Then with the 2 strokes selected, go to Object > Blend > Make or press Ctrl+Alt+B. This will blend 2 white strokes and create an abstract wave effect. If you want to change the Blend step, you can go to Object > Blend > Blend Options or double click the Blend Tool(B) on the tool bar.

blend options

5. Change Stroke Color

Use Direct Selection Tool (A), select one of strokes and change it to blue stroke color. Notice how 2 strokes blend from blue to white.

stroke color

6. Wild Blend

Now go crazy with your Pen tool, create 2 wavy strokes and blend them. Play around with the Blend step, stroke weight and color.

wild blend

Repeat the steps to create the last abstract blend, from blue to purple.


Your image should look like something below:

final image

Abstract Desktop Wallpaper

You can also use this abstract image for your desktop wallpaper.

purple blend