How to Make a Tint Scale in Illustrator

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Selecting the perfect color scheme is often an essential part of an artist's work. Changing the tint can change the mood of the design without completely changing the color scheme. Tints are a range of colors produced by gradually adding white to the original color. Using the color panel or the color picker in Illustrator can often be difficult to select the perfect tint for a color. You can quickly create a tint scale using the blend tool.

  • Select the "Rectangle" tool.

  • Hold down the "Shift" key. Draw a perfect square. Fill the color with the darkest color on the tint scale.

  • Hold down the "Alt" key and the "Shift" key to drag a copy of the square several inches down. Change the fill to white.

  • Click the "Blend" tool. Then, click on the white and colored square.

  • Double-click the "Blend" tool while the blend is still selected. Click the "Spacing" drop-down menu, and select "Specified Steps." Enter the number of shades you want in the tint scale.

  • Select the "Direct Selection" tool and select the entire white box. Drag the box individual boxes appear for the different tint colors.

  • Select the blend object. Then, click "Object" on the menu bar and hover over "Blend." Select "Expand.

  • Click "Object" again and select "Ungroup."

  • Select all the squares in the tint scale. Click on "Window" in the menu bar and select "Swatches."

  • Click on the fly-out menu in the swatches panel and select "New Color Group."

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