Warping Artwork Using Warp Effect Styles
Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document for this example. Before we get started, you need to have a graphic to warp. For this tutorial, we will use a checkerboard graphic that was used in an earlier article.
1. Select the graphic to be warped. Using the selection tool, click on the artwork that you want to warp.
2. Use the Warp effect dialog. Click on "Effect" on the menu bar and then "Warp" to view the warp options that are available. You can choose from Arc, Arc Lower, Arc Upper, Arch, Bulge, Shell Lower, Shell Upper, Flag, Wave, Fish, Rise, Fisheye, Inflate, Squeeze, and Twist. With fifteen different ways to warp an illustration, we can't go through them all, but we can show you how to use the effect.
4. Warp with the Fish effect. Click "Fish" from the subset of the "Warp" menu selection. The "Warp Options" dialog will appear. Click the "Preview" box so you can see the way your artwork changes based on your selections. Every warp style has the same options: Orientation (Horizontal or Vertical), Bend, and Distortion (Horizontal and Vertical).
5. Choosing other warp styles. With the "Warp Options" box, changing the style of warp you use is easy. With your artwork selected, use the "Style" combo box to choose a different option.