How to create shading effects for flat design?


I learned a way to use Blend Tool to create shading effect for flat logo design.Here I put same adjustments as the tutorial does, but my shading is not smooth for some reason. I am guessing it's a setting problem but have no idea how to fix it. It would be great if somebody know about how to fix this!

It's supposed to be like this

But mine turned out to be inconsistent

2/25/2016 9:16:00 PM

It's as easy as it can get, the number of steps you set is equivalent to the number of cloned shapes between the two (as you can count for yourself in the 10 steps example below, there are 10 clones between the two primary ones) so it's only logical that the more cloned shapes you have between the better it will look. So play around with the number of steps like I did below (go even higher than 1000 if you have to) :

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Best of luck !

PS: You should also try and apply this blend mode to a single shape, as I saw in your shadow you applied it to a group of shapes. First unite all the shapes and give it ONLY THE FILL COLOR (no border color) you want your shadow to be and only then duplicate it, change the opacity to the second and apply the blend mode. Looking at your shadow I have a hunch those yellow lines might be caused by a yellow stroke on one of your objects.

2/26/2016 7:58:00 AM