a Blend For Irregular Shapes in FreeHand® -
6. Hide the current layer, then activate
the layer with the cloned object. Select it and give
it a 10 point stroke.
7. Next, click Modify > Alter Path
> Expand Stroke. Click "OK" in the
8. This creates a closed path out of the
9. Modify the object to the desired shape.
This object will be a clipping path for the blend. It
is shown below in Keyline mode.
10. Give the object a black fill.
11. Activate the layer containing the
blend and select it, then click Edit > Cut.
12. Activate the other layer, select the
path and click Edit > Paste Inside. The black
filled object becomes a clipping path for the blend.
notice that the clipping path object retains its
stroke and fill properties. In this case the clipping
path is the closed path of the cord with a black
stroke and fill. Different applications each treat
clipping paths in a slightly different way. In Deneba
Canvas, Adobe® Illustrator®
or Photoshop® the stroke and fill of a clipping
path will be "none" (blank), while in
Macromedia® FreeHand or CorelDRAW® a clipping
path retains its stroke and fill properties. More
on masks and clipping paths here,
13. Shown below is the finished drawing.
This example was just a simple curved shape. This same
technique can be used on a more complex shape with more
than two objects in the blend.