i am trying to curve a text to this shape:

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somewhat like this but with the sides smaller, like in the shape.

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What i mean is i want it to only wrap like an arc and not like a ballon or so (no 3d?). But i end up getting this result: What am i doing wrong?

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Here is the link with the file. Also im using CS6. https://filebin.net/k0qqg0yx94a0xa0i

Thank you in advance!!

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    Your shape (top object) has waaaaaay too many anchor points. Clean it up so there are only 4.
    – Scott
    Sep 22, 2019 at 19:25

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There's already commented that your envelope is too complex. I tried to draw a simpler envelope, but the result was still a mess. The resulted distortion of complex shapes like your text isn't easily predictable.

A workaround:

Drag your text to the Brushes collection and define it to be an Art brush:

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In the left there's your text (actually an outline image)

In the middle there's a drawn curve and the new art brush applied to the same curve

In the right the width tool is applied to the curved text image for thicker mid part.

Workaround 2: Make the envelope distortion with warp (=arc) and edit the result with the direct selection tool. Here's one attempt. Your magenta shape was placed under the work, but it's moved aside to show the mesh:

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