Envelope Distort in Illustrator: Make With Top Object

There are many distortion techniques available in Illustrator with which to manipulate vector artwork. However, it’s not always desirable to permanently distort the original graphic. The option Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object allows for a vector shape to distort another object by making it conform to it’s size. This process is non-destructive and can be easily released at any point.


0:00 – Introduction

0:11 – Distorting lines

  • Create an Envelope Distort using Top Most Object
  • Envelope Options
  • Releasing Envelope Distort to access original items

2:53 – Distorting text

4:43 – Real world example of company logo

5:23 – How to quickly make a series of lines using the Distort and Transform effect


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