How to Bend & Warp Shapes & Text in Adobe Illustrator CC
Hi there in this video, we take these simple, insignificant lines with a little bit of a gradient in them and then do this to them. Some would say exciting shapes. Some would say crimes against design gets worse. What we do with type 2? Let's learn how to turn those lines using the warp functions in illustrator. Alright, let's get started. Now. You can start with any shape. I've got a file open from your exercise files called warp transform. And what I've done is I've just created three rectangles and added a gradient to them. Now for this to work properly, we need to group them. Okay, but you can use any shape. I'm going to go stick them all and then go to object and go to group. Um Let's look at the effect and it is under What? Okay, so we're gonna start with arc and yeah, it bends it around like a warp. Okay. And what's cool about it? Still vector? It's scalable. It's awesome. And you can go through some predefined ones. Arc. Okay, I'm going to quickly go through them just so you ge...
t a sense of them bulges. Cool. Love shot. Even just like instantly, it's doing some cool stuff with those gradients and those colors. Okay, flag wave. Okay, fish, I'm going through them quickly so you don't have to just to see what's going in there and you can jump to the one that you love and play around with it squeeze. Cool twist. Now all of them have options. I'm gonna go back to wave. It's kind of my favorite. Actually no, let's go to flag, Okay I love this. And you can look you can exaggerate the bend, you can make it bend the other way, you can make it kind of balance on one side, maybe at the top there, you can do some really interesting stuff like just really hard to do with the pen tool or the curvature tool. Okay, so just whack it into the effects wave and when you're ready, click ok now if you want to go back and edit it so you kind of like it but later on you want to go and edit it again with it selected on your properties panel. There's a you can kind of see it, there is an effect that's applied. Okay and it's called war flag, click on it and I can go in here and change it to something else. I'm going to go back to my white flag man, that was cool. Okay and next thing I might do. Well the next thing to note is that if I got my black arrow and have it selected, you can kind of see I still have those lines selected which is weird. Okay, just the way it is Okay, the lines still exist there in this kind of like um yeah distortion field that kind of makes them do this but watch what happens is an active distortion. Okay, so if I grab and rotate these corners, look what happens, it's still trying to like it's it's not kind of rotating as we had imagined. It's still trying to affect that warp. Um You know with the wave that's going through here. So it's kind of doing some weird stuff to it. You might like it. Okay, but let's say I'm going to undo it to go back to where it was. Where is it there? Ok. And let's say that I want to kind of move it around now and stop it. Kind of reacting is we need to do something called expand appearance. So whether it's selected, you go up to object and there's one called expand appearance and watch what happens to the lines that kind of changes from this like straight lines that have been distorted to actually just plain old distorted lines. Now there's no like effect them. You can see the effects gone. I can't go back to those lines now. That kind of, you know, it's a one way street but now I get to kind of move this thing around a lot nicer. You can do it with type. I'm gonna I'm not sure what I'm gonna do now. I'm because I've I feel like I've created genius here. I love it. And okay, so I'm going to draw a rectangle in the back for no reason otherwise, because I don't like the white want to go back there. Oh, it's blending into it. It's not cool. It's gonna pick a dark color like dan, just get on with the tutorial, I promise I will in 1/2. Dark gray. All right, what I want to do is with type, so grab the type tool and I'm just going to click once You know, type in 80s rule, It's starting to look pretty 80s. The eighties rule, I can't even see what I'm doing down there, yep, eighties rule, that's what I've written. Cool, so I'm going to pick a font off the top of my head and eighties font. It's not really eighties lust. I'll use you, you kind of look eighties ish. Okay, I'm going to give it a white fill. So the same thing with type, you don't have to do anything to it. I'm gonna make my nice and big and I'm going to go up to effect go to warp and I'm going to play around with them again. Okay, make sure previews on yours might not be on by default, upper back is not working for me. Um What it's doing is as well, it's trying to remember the last thing I did with this guy, I want to kind of get it back to zero. So I'm gonna put you at zero and you're zero and put the bend back this side and now start playing with them normally at 00. Cool wave. Well it's not really working kind of is, let's go for fish. Okay, now I'm just playing around. You can leave this tutorial. Now you've got this, you got the idea right? Flag. That's pretty terrible. Alright, so good with the stripes and then so bad with the type. The good thing about the type though is I guess before we go is watch this. My black arrow can hover above it. I can kind of type on. It's quite hard to do. Eighties, let's say it's more of a seventies thing or? Yeah. Okay, so it's editable type. Alright, so that is going to be it for warping around shapes and type using adobe illustrator. Alright, I will see you in the next video.