I'm attempting to create a similar effect to the one in the image below, however everything from the increasing size, to the smooth gradient across all the objects is proving to be difficult.

I've tried blending and then replacing the spline but the distance was not equal and I couldn't scale the size horizontally. Also, I tried to give each individual object its own gradient as well as tried to make a clipping mask, but both results weren't successful.

I'm relatively new to illustrator and graphic design, so I would really appreciate the insight.enter image description here

  • You probably dont want to use blend for this but rather shapebuilder.
    – joojaa
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 20:22
  • After blending, I created a wavy line and replaced the spine. Then, I used shape builder to cut off the excess, but the shape became a quadrilateral one rather than staying round.
    – Kmo
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 20:26
  • No dont do that just make straight lines no shape just open line. Then cut ot in shape and add a stroke profile.
    – joojaa
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 20:27
  • Thank you so much! Actually my issue was with the stroke profile shape. Would you also happen to know how to achieve the gradient effect as well?
    – Kmo
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 20:34
  • But you could use a blend. I don't see the problem to be honest.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 20:57

3 Answers 3


You could use a blend.

Here's the blend I made in outline mode. I made one ellipse and duplicated them, stretched some and squished others making sure they were all equidistant. I edited the spine manually to make the curves. You need to watch the handle lengths as these impact on the spacing of the blend.

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Fill each of the four pieces

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Alternatively, you could Expand the blend, ungroup and convert to a compound path. Then add a gradient at an an angle.

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This isn't really much different than what other's have posted..

... but I did want to point out that you can merely add a new fill via the Appearance Panel to the group created by expanding the Blend and assign the gradient to that fill. This allows you to dive into the Group and further edit the strokes as strokes. Meaning you can change their width or profile more easily.

In other words, you don't really need to expand the strokes themselves, just the Blend.

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Maybe another way to do it :

I start with some lines with strokes to build it Strokes

Then, i select all and go for this pathfinder (you may add stroke and ungroup the result) Pathfinder

Delete the unwanted part, chose a stroke profile stroke profile

And finally, Outline the strokes to add the gradient


The problem with this method is if you need rounded shapes, instead of pointy ones.

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