I would like to transform a circle in a zigzag shape in only one direction, either horizontal or vertical - not both. The zigzag effect does it in all directions. Can I change it somehow? Or is there another option. Like this: enter image description here

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Make a Zig-Zag effect on a path with an odd number of waves


Menu Effect > Warp > Apply a Warp Arch


Copy > Past in Front

From the Appearance Panel edit the Warp and change the bend for a negative number

warp 2



  • Thanks. That was what I was looking for. Do you also know by any change how I can make the waves on side condense and expand in the middle, thus it will look a little bit more 3d?
    – alias_paj
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 20:00
  • Apply another warp effect to each path: Arch Upper
    – user120647
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 20:10

Manual version:

enter image description here

  1. The original

  2. Anchors are inserted (Object > Path > Add anchor points)

  3. Some anchors are moved up or down. Select an anchor point with the direct selection tool and move it. Hold shift key just after starting the motion => the direction is limited to vertical or horizontal. You can also tick with the arrow keys. Set a good arrow key increment in the preferences.

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