CorelDraw Basics: Speed lines and blast lines Part 2

Continued from CorelDraw Basics: Speed lines and blast lines Part 1

Using the Blend Tool

The Blend Tool creates transitional objects between two drawn objects. You can adjust the frequency and density of the blend and even use colors to give the transitional objects some depth.


 

By adjusting the angle of rotation of the blend, you can twist the speed lines to better illustrate movement or motion in an illustration.
 

To use the Blend tool to create speed lines:

1. Using any of the drawing tools, draw a curved line or line segment. Using the Pick Tool, position the line to where you want the speed lines to begin.

2. Draw a second curved line or line segment and position it to where the speed lines will end.

Note: You can temporarily create a vanishing point to produce the illusion of perspective by drawing a circle at one end or outside the drawing board.

3. Using the Pick Tool, select both lines.

3. Click Windows > Dockers > Blend to display the Blend options.


4. Input the number of steps between the two objects. Click Apply.

You can create multiple pairs of lines with blends in order to have speed lines in different places in an object or scene.
 
Speed lines are added to the drawing created from the previous article CorelDraw Graphics Suite Basics: Reusing scanned illustrationsThe drawing uses a scanned image from the instruction manual of the Phantom Striker from the 1987 series of toys based on the television show, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987).

Experiment with the density of the lines by reducing or increasing steps. By inputting a value for angle of rotation, you can twist the lines or create contortions in the blend.

If you need to modify the position of specific lines or delete lines, use the Pick Tool to select the blend, right-click and select Break Blend Group Apart. Right-click the object a second time and click Ungroup All so that you can select and adjust individual lines using the Shape tool. You can lengthen the lines, increase the weight of the line and change the direction just like a normal line segment.
 


You can even use the Transparency tool on a grouped set of lines.

After using a combination of methods, a complete set of blast lines can be used as a background.


As an example, I used a clean scan of  Tadao Yokoshima, my favorite manga character from the 1993 series Gōsuto Suīpā Mikami (1993-1994) as the main subject of the frame. I converted the bitmap to a vector image using CorelTrace and then adjusted the previously created background to fit Yokoshima.


Watch out Yokoshima!





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