Show examples of how to distort type using the Envelope Warp feature.
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In addition to having your text follow a path, you can also distort text using warp options to create an even greater variety of looks.
- Begin by opening the Distorting Type - Exercise.ai file.
- Select your first line of copy and then go to the Object Menu and choose Envelope Distort > Make with Warp.
- When the dialog box pops up make sure to check off the box that says 'Preview' so you can preview the distortion effects.
- Click on the dropdown menu to reveal the different types of envelope distortions that are available, and experiment with the parameters to see how it changes your text.
- Apply a few of these and then go back to the Object Menu and this time choose Envelope Distort > Release to release the effect.
- Once you do this, there will be a gray box on top of your text in the shape of the envelope distort that you had applied.
- To remove this, simply select it with your Selection Tool (V) and delete it.
- Click and drag around the lines below your text and this time go to the Object Menu and choose Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh.
- Here you can enter how many columns and rows you would like your mesh to have, but for now you can use the default settings of 4 columns and 4 rows before pressing 'OK' to apply the changes.
- Once you do this you will see the lines indicating the columns and rows, but also notice that each column and row has an anchor point.
- Grab your Direct Selection Tool (A) and click on one, or several points by clicking while holding the Shift Key.
- Once you have multiple points selected, you can use the Shift Key and the arrows to move your points around, or you can drag them freely with your Direct Selection Tool.
- Test out both the Make with Mesh and the Make with Warp options on the third line of text along a path to see what kind of results you can get.
- Many logos and type treatments are created using the Envelope Distort options to give the appearance of bent or arched type.
- There is a handy icon in the top toolbar that also allows you to apply Envelope Distort options without having to go to the Object Menu.
- The Make with Mesh option can be applied to lines to create nice wavy lines that can be used as background elements in an illustration.
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