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Chapter 11. ENVELOPES & PERSPECTIVES > Working with Envelopes

Working with Envelopes

Enveloping starts with 21 ready-made preset shapes that are stored in the Envelope toolbar. These shapes can be applied to either objects or text.

To apply an envelope to a graphic:

1.
Select the object or text block you want to distort.

2.
In the Envelope toolbar, select the envelope preset you want from the pop-up menu 1.

Figure 1. The Envelope toolbar contains preset shapes you can choose among to distort an object.


3.
Click the Create envelope icon to distort the selected object 2.

Figure 2. The Create icon lets you apply the currently selected preset as an envelope shape.


or

Choose Modify > Envelope > Create. This uses the preset currently active in the Envelope toolbar 3.

Figure 3. Applying the circle envelope preset to an elongated object creates an elliptical text object.


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Although you can apply envelopes to text objects, you may find you get better results if you first convert the text to paths (see page 258).

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You may also find that some envelope shapes look better when they are applied a second time to an object 4.

Figure 4. The Circle preset was applied twice to text to create this elliptical shape.



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