How do I apply a warp effect to an object from an Illustrator script (JavaScript)?

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There's two ways to go about this:

  1. Already have an existing graphic style that you can apply to an item. ( The example from Muppet Mark reads:

    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    var fuzz = doc.graphicStyles.getByName( 'fuzz' );
    fuzz.applyTo( doc.pageItems[0] );

  2. The more complicated method is to use the live-effect XML string, a special command syntax for Illustrator scripting that has only been revealed to us in the last couple of years. For complex graphic styles or effects it still may take a lot of work to even determine what the correct string is because this feature is completely undocumented. For your warp needs, this should suffice though. See this link here (

#target illustrator function test(){ var doc = app.activeDocument; var p = doc.selection[0]; var effectStr_2 = '<LiveEffect name="Adobe Deform"><Dict data="R DeformValue 0.45 R DeformVert 0 B Rotate 0 I DeformStyle 1 R DeformHoriz 0 "/></LiveEffect>'; p.applyEffect(effectStr_2); }; test();

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    I got the LiveEffect approach to work. Thanks. – Justin Kredible Nov 28 at 0:45
  • That's just incredible! – Silly-V Nov 28 at 2:19

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