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I'm having a few issues with the blend tool. One of the biggest problems I'm seeing that when I select "Smooth Color" sometimes I get a "stepped" result.

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While I understand I could switch spacings and get similar results, I'm curious as to why this is happening. Mainly because I like to make edits after I apply the blend, so going back and switching steps or changing spacing seems a bit tedious.

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The reason is because you're attempting to blend separate shapes. There is an easy work-around for this, which fools the blend tool into thinking GX graphic is one shape, vs two. All you have to do is make the GX a compound path (⌘8 on a MAC). Then drag and duplicate, select your additional color and then apply your blending with smooth color. This will create a smooth blend vs a stepped result.

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