Illustrator 3.16 [envelope distort]

“Using an envelope distort on an image”

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  1. For this tutorial, you will need to use a single image or group of tiled images (to create group, select objects and navigate to Object>Group).
  2. If you placed your image into Illustrator you will need to embed the image into your Illustrator file by clicking on the “Embed” button in the properties bar at the top of the page.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  3. If you have a tiled set of images, select all of the images and navigate to Object>Rasterize... This will take your individual images and make them a singular image (limiting banding issues when you perform the envelope distort).
  4. Next, with the object(s) selected, navigate to Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Mesh...
  5. In the Envelope Mesh dialog box, I recommend using 1 row and 1 column. Multiple rows and columns can be useful for curving walls and complex geometry, but often just having points on the 4 corners of the image is sufficient and less complicated.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  6. Next, use the direct select tool (white arrow) to select corner points of the envelope distort object. Drag each corner to the approximate corner of your clipping mask or your desired location for the image.
  7. Use the handles for each point to adjust the distortion such that it is appropriate for the perspective drawing you are trying to create. Be patient as this process can take time to achieve good results. You will improve with practice.


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