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How to Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator?


Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

There are many distortion effects in Adobe Illustrator under Distort & Transform but there is one distortion effect; which falls under Distort & Transform; which helps in free distortion of shapes. You can distort a shape freely with the help of this effect.

In today’s tutorial you will learn the use of Free Distort Effect to distort any shape, text or artwork.

Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Select the Star Tool form the Tool Panel and draw a small star. (Radius 1- 5 pt and Radius 2- 10 pt)

Select the small star drawn and press and hold Alt key. With the help of Alt key, drag the star to create a duplicate copy of it. I have created 15 duplicate copies of the shape and placed them in a horizontal line.

Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Now select all the stars and create duplicate copy of the horizontal line. Place it below the original line. Similarly make few more duplicate copies of the horizontal line.

Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Select all the shapes and press Ctrl + G to group them. If you want you can fill color in the stars. I have filled the color #ac5656.

Step 2

Select the group and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Distrot & Transform and select Free Distort.

Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Free Distort dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, the shapes which you have created will be inside a bounding box with four corners. By moving these four corners you can freely distort the shape.

Select the top left corner and move it towards bottom right corner as shown in the below image.

Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Click OK and the shape will get distorted.

So this is how you can freely distort shapes in Adobe Illustrator.

Freely Distort Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Practice this tutorial with a new shape and share your views in the comment section. Also share this tutorial with others.

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