Cool bug in old Illustrator 9

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

Playing with the blend function in Illustrator 9, found this and just wanted to share
I tried to reproduce the fattening effect with other letters, but with no luck

Correct blend, 3 in the middle

Bug with fattening effect

Does anyone know how to achieve this in a more stable and predictable way?

AndrewSipe's picture

The blend path follows based on an objects arrangement.

I'd make the first object set to back, keep the 3 were it is, and make the last object set to front. (Object>Arrangement>Front to Back/Back to Front) Then Set the blend mode.

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

I don't know if it explains it, the arrangement is the same in both cases.
The bug occurs when I open the file, I see it and then if I mark one of the objects it "goes away", i. e. it "updates" to correct blend.

AndrewSipe's picture

I don't think I understand what the "bug" is.

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

Well, sometimes Illustrator renders a different crazy blend (shown in second pic) out of nowhere, when it really should be -- and most times it is -- as shown in the first pic. There is no combination of arragements of objects done in usual way which can produce the same "fattening" effect that occasionally occurs and which I want to take advantage of

This in other words is (normally) impossible in Illustrator:

AndrewSipe's picture

It took me a few looks but I finally noticed your "bug" the odd shape of the first blend between the first object and the 3, correct?

I would say, to a degree this "bug" can be reproduced. Notice the path that the blend is set to, though it's a non-stroked path, it still acts like any other path in illustrator. Meaning you can adjust the end points and the actual path, maybe by adding curves (which would change the angle of the blend in an abnormal way.) You might even try adding other path based filters (such as the zig-zag) and vary the blend mode (smooth blend to specific steps).

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

I found a way to reproduce the same effect in Illustrator alone, without the blend function
I'm not going to tell how until I have finished exploring it in my work, but something tells me Im not the first one to discover the technique =) ?

Miguel Sousa's picture

> Well, sometimes Illustrator renders a different crazy blend (shown in second pic) out of nowhere

Blend is based on outline interpolation. Strange transitions may happen when the paths are not compatible: different number of nodes, different starting points, or different path directions.
In Illustrator, path direction is controlled in the "Attributes" palette.

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

The two pictures in the first post are of the exactly same file. The buggy blend apears right after I have opened the file, and switches to correct blend when I "touch" , f eks. mark some of the objects
So , i don't think it has anything to do with path direction or whatever

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