Create a “Thank You” Instagram Template using the Blend Tool

In this easy tutorial, we will create a Thank You Instagram Template post using the Blend Tool and Rectangle tool in Adobe Illustrator.

  1. Create a new document of width and height 1080px.
  2. Using the rectangle tool (shortcut M), create a rectangle of width and height 1080px.
  3. Align it to the center if the Artboard, using the Align panel.
  4. Create a rectangle of width and height 300px.
  5. Align it to the top and left of the Artboard, using the Align panel.
  6. Create a rectangle of width and height 900px.
  7. Align it to the bottom and right of the Artboard, using the Align panel.
  8. Creating the Blend:
    1. Using the Selection tool (shortcut V), select both the inner squares.
    2. Click on Object > Blend > Make.
    3. Click on Object > Blend > Blend Options.
    4. Choose the following Blend Options and click OK:
      1. Spacing – Specified Steps
      2. Number of steps – 4
    5. Keeping it selected, click on Object > Blend > Expand.
  9. Creating the Geometric Blocks:
    1. Using the Selection tool (shortcut V), drag and select all contents of the Artboard.
    2. Click on Pathfinder panel > Divide.
  10. Choosing Colors:
    1. Under Swatches panel, choose a purple color.
    2. Under Color Guide panel, select 6 shades of purple, holding Cmd in Mac/ Cntrl in Windows.
    3. Click on the bottom right button “Save color group to Swatch panel”. Now these colors are added to the Swatches panel.
  11. Filling the blocks with the different shades:
    1. Using the Selection tool (shortcut V), drag and select all contents of the Artboard.
    2. Under the Toolbar on the left side, ensure that the stroke is set to none and the fill is now selected.
    3. Click on the Live Paint Bucket tool (shortcut K) in the Toolbar.
    4. Now from under the Swatches panel, choose the lightest shade of purple from our newly created swatch group and click on the innermost square.
    5. In the same manner, choose the other shades one by one and fill each block.
    6. After filling all areas, click on Object > Live Paint > Expand.
  12. Creating the “Thank You” text:
    1. Using the Type tool, click anywhere in the working area.
    2. From the Character panel, select any font family and suitable size of your choice. ( I chose the Google font – Raleway medium and size – 100px).
    3. Using the Paragraph panel, center align the text.
    4. Click on the text, delete the default text and type “T”.
    5. Drag and place the “T” at the center of the 2nd inner block.
    6. Click and drag on the right side holding Option in Mac / Alt in Windows and Shift key. ( Option to duplicate and Shift to align horizontally )
    7. Use the Smart Guides (pink lines in the video) to ensure that the letters are at the center of the blocks. ( Make sure there is a tick on Smart Guides from under View > Smart Guides )
    8. Click Cmd D in Mac / Cntrl D in Windows – 3 times to duplicate the above action 3 times.
    9. Holding Shift, select the middle 3 letters.
    10. Click and drag on the bottom side holding Option in Mac / Alt in Windows and Shift key.
    11. Select each letter separately. Using the Type tool, delete the existing T and type the letters of the words “Thank You”.
    12. Select each letter separately. Under Swatches panel, choose the shade of purple of your choice and color the letters.

Video Tutorial: