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Chapter 6. Embellish > Applying distortion

Applying distortion

The Distort palette is used to apply various image-editing effects to a placed bitmap image, a texture fill or outline, or a background texture. The Distort commands have no effect on solid colors. Twirl and Spherize are worth trying on a gradient.

To apply distortion:

1.
Select a placed bitmap image (Fig. 1).


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Select an object and a layer that contains a texture fill or outline.

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Click the Background color square on the Color palette or the Toolbox to distort a background gradient or texture.

2.
Show the Distort palette (Window menu >Distort).

3.
From the pop-up menu, choose one of the following (Fig. 2):


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Displace to shift the fill (Fig. 3). Choose a Distance in pixels for the degree of displacement, and choose an Angle.


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Lens to magnify or shrink the fill (Fig. 4). Change the Angle to rotate the texture or image.


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Twirl to twirl the fill around the vortex like a tornado (Fig. 5). Move the Turns slider further from zero to intensify the effect or closer to zero to lessen the effect.A positive Turns value will produce a clockwise twirl; a negative Turns value will produce a counterclockwise twirl. Change the Band Size to make the swirls more or less delineated.


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Spherize to wrap the fill onto a sphere (Fig. 1). Change the Magnification to change the degree to which the image or texture is enlarged in the center of the sphere. Change the Amount to lessen or intensify the degree of distortion.


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Quantize to fracture the fill into mosaic-like tiles (Fig. 2). The higher the Size value, the larger the tiles.


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Radial Quantize to fracture the fill into concentric bands radiating outward from the center (Fig. 3). The higher the Size value, the wider and more obvious the bands and the more distorted the image or texture.


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None applies no effect.

▸ To make a fish-eye "lens" to use as a still image or an object in an animation (e.g., in the tutorial that starts on pages 156–157), first create a circle object and apply a Drop Shadow style to it. Choose Fill with:Background on the Layer palette. On the Distort palette, choose Twirl:Turns 10–17, Band Size 0, or choose Spherize:Magnification: 120, Amount: 25. You can also apply a 3D Emboss to the object to accent its edges. Place the circle on top of an image object (choose Arrange menu>Bring to Front, if necessary). Move the circle object back and forth across the image object to see how the "lens" effect works (Fig. 4).


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