Distorting a layer to fit shape


Question

I have a rectangular image which I'd like to distort so that it fits into a shape. I can almost do it using "Distort", but I need to move more than just the corners, which is all I can seem to do using distort. The midpoints just scale along that direction.

This is approximatly what I want to achieve: What I want

There'd probably be more distortion, but I painted this by hand... I can use either Photoshop or Illustrator, if either one is more suited.

1
12
7/9/2011 11:01:00 AM

Accepted Answer

This is easily achieved in Illustrator using Envelope Distort:

  1. Draw your pattern/shape/whatever to be warped

    Pattern to warp

  2. Draw the shape to guide the warping

    Guide shape

  3. Select both object (with guide shape on top) and use ToolsEnvelope DistortMake With Top Object (keyboard shortcut Alt + Ctrl + C)

    Warped!

The default options may make the edges too smooth for your taste. Check ObjectEnvelope DistortEnvelope Options. Higher fidelity = sharper corners.

You can do a lot o' cool stuff with Envelope Distort... GD Flag

11
7/9/2011 10:03:00 PM

Licensed under: CC-BY-SA with attribution
Not affiliated with: Stack Overflow


Website under construction!!!
^