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Chapter 7. Using Adobe Illustrator CS2 > Distortion with Envelopes

Distortion with Envelopes

Sometimes you want to distort an object using a specific shape. For example, you might want to squeeze some art into the shape of a circle. Although the Warp effect provides some simple distortion tools, it's limited, in that you can't customize the distortions themselves. That's where envelope distortion comes in. Almost similar to the way a mask works, you create a vector shape that will be the envelope. Then you place your art inside the envelope, but the result is that the art stretches or squeezes itself to conform to the shape (see Figure 7.187).

Figure 7.187. An envelope in Illustrator.



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