Trying to create a `bulge` effect as seen in the sample image below. (If you can call it a bulge). Text needs to be editable to update it with lots of variants.
Have tried the various warps and bulges etc. - but I can't get anything to look like this
The example was made in MS publisher - create some text, add the relevant bulge effect and then rotate it.
Im sure illustrator (im using CS6) can do this in it's sleep - I just can't get it like this!
Note that the single style of bulge covers all my lines of text plus the black bar behind the middle bit of text.
Can anyone help?
I have sworned that the bulge warp did this in the negative setting. BUt no it does not but what you can do is do this manually using the Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Mesh.
Your settings will be one 1 row and 1 Column.
It is important when you adjustt the handles to do move them left or rigth just move them vertically straight up and straight down.
Als O suggest doing the whole group of text together.
You can edit the text witht he Object>Envelope Distort>Edit Content or turn on smart guides
You get this
Oooh thats definatly getting there - many thanks!
Should the make with mesh use Rows: 2 and Columns: 2 rather than 1 and 1? Using 1 row and 1 column I dont get any dragable points to bend the middle down!
I would go with using Envelope Distorts as suggested, but just for fun…
Another approach (more destructive, non editable text way):
- Make a copy of your art to be used
- Create Outlines for the text
- Group Everything
- Make an Art Brush out of the group (use scale proportionately)
- Apply the art brush to a straight horizontal line
- Use the "Width Tool" to give bulge / envelope look, from the middle
- Rotate as desired
See Result below.
It is a good idea except for the editing part, but on the other had how hard is tio outline text and make it a brush?
I fhe OP keeps the original text live and outlines a copy of it then I say it is a preety good way o go usingg the width tool might in the long run be the simplest solution.
What the poster mentioned is that if you want to Rotate the art after the Warp Effect you either turn the art with the bulge effect into a symbol then rotate it.
Or Apply a Effect>Distort and Transform>Trandform and only apply a rotation to the art .
If you wish to avoid that then you make the bulge this way
Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Warp>Bulge(with a negative setting group the text and the color filled rectangle behind it before apply the bulge warp.
This is with the Transform effect anbd witht the warp applied as an effecrt
But if you do the warp as an envelope you can rotate it at will without the transform effect b ssimply using the selection or rotation tool or Using the Object>Transform>Rotation or use the Free Transform tool.
Notice there is no transform eefect applied in the appearance panel
Here is a video with the various ways describe by James and myself.
Edit: It is working properly.
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