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Chapter 19. Hog-Wild Special Effects > Orderly Distortions and Transformations

Orderly Distortions and Transformations

After all the chaos of the path wigglers, it's a relief to settle back with some controlled distortions and transformations in the Free Distort and Transform commands. The Free Distort command is a stripped-down version of the free transform tool, whereas the Transform command is an enhanced version of the Transform Each command.

Free Distortion

So why would you want a weakened version of the free transform tool? Because unlike the free transform tool, the Free Distort command allows you to apply a distortion through the Filter menu. The filter dialog box has an interactive preview area where you can experiment with your distortion before applying it. If you decide that it is better off left untouched, simply click the Cancel button. You can also create a distortion that is live and can be applied to editable text through the Effect menu. These features alone make Free Distort a worthy command.


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