So I created an arch but every time I rotate it it will become distorted.

I tried using shift+cntrl+E but that just said I was applying another effect to it.

Can anyone help?


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When you have an object with a warp envelope selected, in the bar along the top, you can switch between Edit Envelope, and Edit Contents to either rotate the object including the warp effect or rotate the object before the warp effect is applied.

Alternatively you can perform Object > Expand Appearance to "bake in" the effect and alter the original object. The downside is that you can't go back later and change the warp.

  • I can't reproduce this problem in Illustrator CC 2023. What version are you using? An object with a warp effect rotates as expected. I haven't updated to the most recent 2024 version yet.
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 31 at 21:59
  • @BillyKerr, Uhh 2023 or 2024, can't remember. Isn't this expected behavior? That you rotate the underlying object but not the warped result. Perhaps there's some setting I'm overlooking.
    – Wolff
    Apr 1 at 0:37
  • no, not for me. It just rotates like any shape would, with no distortion.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 1 at 9:10
  • @BillyKerr, I'll look into it later. But it's not a strange behavior to me. You change the shape so of course the warp needs to adjust. I don't see it as a problem. But of course if you want to just rotate the whole thing including the axis of the warp, it's annoying.
    – Wolff
    Apr 1 at 9:29
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    @BillyKerr, ah I didn't know that either. Good to know. I will edit the answer when I'm at my desktop. I'll use your gif of you don't mind.
    – Wolff
    Apr 1 at 12:14

every time I rotate it it will become distorted

This somewhat indicates you may have used Effect > Warp > to create the arc/arch. The shortcut you posted also indicates the use of an Effect.

The Warp Effects are relative to the artboard. That means... should the base object(s) be rotated, the Effect remains perpendicular to the artboard. This will cause distortion in most instances. Once the object changes angles, the effect does not register that change and merely uses the same warp setting on the, now rotated, object. In other words, the object gets rotated, the effect does not get rotated.

To avoid the distortion, don't use the effect.

In stead, use Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Warp.

Envelope Distort > Make with Warp has the same options as the effect, but the primary difference is that Envelopes are relative to the object and will remain the same when they are rotated. When an envelope is used, both the object and the warp are rotated as one.

(I can not explain the Adobe Logic in having Warp Effects remain relative to the artboard. There may be a valid reason for that behavior. However, to date, I haven't found any use for such behavior.)

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