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Envelope Distortions

Among the exciting new features of Illustrator 10 is envelope distortions. This capability is somewhat of a cross between transformations and effects, with a family history that probably includes the Gradient Mesh tool. Like transformations, an object’s shape changes. Like effects, it’s a change that can be modified or removed. In the manner of gradient meshes, it can be accomplished using mesh lines.

Illustrator offers 15 preset warps (which are also available under the Effect menu), user-defined mesh distortions, and distortions using user-created paths. The submenu Object, Envelope Distort contains the seven commands shown in Figure 8.31.


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