I have a simple rectangle with a couple effects: distort, rounded corners.

I'd now like to add some anchor points and adjust the path of this object. How can I get the path to wrap around the rounded, distorted rectangle instead of the original box?

distorted rectangle

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You can do this by selecting the object, then going to the menu Object > Expand Appearance.

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    Might be a good idea to duplicate the object first, just in case you need to backtrack later. Jun 20, 2014 at 22:42

Duplicate your object (in case you need to tweak your original shape)

Select your shape, then choose Object / Flatten Transparency

These settings will do: Flattening settings

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