Some time ago I neede to create some diploma with watermark elemets. I puzzled how to do this a long time, and found solution finally, it’s not so hard. Now I wanna to share my experience with community.

Illustrator CS2 has powerful feature called “Blend Tool”, and I’ve used it.

For beginning, let’s create some vector object, for example star.

We will put a circle inside it. Then we will select both object, choose Blend Tool and click at the circle and star vertex. As a result we will get something like following, depending on previous settings:

Will change settings to following values:

When objects are large, we need more steps. Now we can change outline color, opacity to get more satisfactory results. Let’s expiriment! Here is several examples of what I got using Blend Tool:

I think, this trick will be helpful for you one day.