I drew a golden cup which you can see below by illustrator. Actually I am looking for speeding up ways for drawing . I'm familiar with blend tool which we can create series of shapes if we have first shape and last shape , but its happen along straight line. I want to know if we can blend objects along curve and path .

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as you see in image , there are some leaves that are located around the curve line.

I wanted to know can I generate these leaves around a curve line by using some tools (or maybe blend tool ) in illustrator instead of drawing each leaf ?

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Alright well this is somewhat two different questions. For help with your leaf issue you might want to see this related question: Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Now as far as blending along a path, sure.

Can use Replace Spine:

Replace Spine

or manually adjust the path however you want, this works before or after replacing the spine. Its just like any other path:

  1. First create your blend:

Original Blend

  1. Now add anchor point(s) to the newly created path:

Blend with anchor point added

  1. Adjust like any other path:

Blend along path


Replace the spine of a blend.

Create a blend.
Draw a path that you want the blend to follow
Select the blend and your path
Choose Object > Blend > Replace Spine

This will replace the straight path of the blend with your new path, whatever it is.

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More info on blends can be found by reviewing the help files.

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