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Envelope Distort in Adobe Illustrator

by | Jul 20, 2014 | Illustrator, Tutorials | 0 comments

Envelope Distort

Being able to make a shape fit the contour of another shape is a super-handy ability to have. It turns out that you can do this with Adobe Illustrator, and it’s called Envelope Distort. This is a great feature that you can use with two objects. A really neat trick is to use Envelope Distort to contort text into a specific shape. For example, imagine taking a word and forcing the letters to mold the entire word into an oval shape. In the tutorial video below, I’ll show you how to use Envelope Distort in Adobe Illustrator in the tutorial video below.

The really awesome part about using Envelope Distort with text is that one you are done, you can double-click the text and edit it. This is great, because you know as well as I do that clients change their minds. This means that you can go back and change the text without having to start all over again. You can see this i the video above how easy it is to make a change. Also, the Envelope Distort feature can be used with a variety of different shapes, even custom ones that you’ve created yourself. However, results may vary, depending on the complexity of the shape you use.

envelope distort in adobe Illustrator

Conclusion: Using Envelope Distort

If you want to make text or an object fit another shape in Adobe Illustrator, you can do this easily. The text is still left completely editable, so you aren’t committing to changes that are permanent. You can use this feature to create text in illustrations and make it fit odd shapes. This will save you a lot of time. It will keep you from having to finagle with text and having to manipulate it manually. If you have any questions about using Envelope Distort, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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