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I am trying to make a distort effect in illustrator. I use the white arrow, the direct selection tool, I cannot get it to work.

I get an error message:

"the selection contains objects which can't be distorted"

Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Objects

enter image description here

Included https://www.flickr.com/photos/124549715@N04/

  • What's in the selection? – Scott Aug 31 '14 at 3:59
  • two images . a circle and a picture – Duan Le Duc Aug 31 '14 at 9:44
  • Greetings! It would be of great help to us all if you edited your question to include some images. Saves everyone time, and increases the chances that you will get a good answer. – benteh Aug 31 '14 at 10:25
  • thank u for suggession. here it is flickr.com/photos/124549715@N04 – Duan Le Duc Aug 31 '14 at 10:58
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Select the picture in the background, and then on the top toolbar hit the "Embed" button:

Example of how to embed an image

You can now envelope distort using the method you were trying to use earlier.

enter image description here

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Is what you're trying to distort placed or embedded? I get that error message when trying to distort objects placed from outside the document. Try copying the image and pasting it into Illustrator.

  • thank u. First , i copy image then i paste into the Illustrator and i make a blue circle and chose both of them. And Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Objects . it informs that "this action require mutil....." – Duan Le Duc Aug 31 '14 at 8:38
  • Is the blue circle in front of the image? If it is bheind, it won't work. – HopDavid Aug 31 '14 at 15:28
  • yes . it is front of the image. but it still does not work. – Duan Le Duc Sep 1 '14 at 5:33
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Select the image you want to distort. Object>rasterize. Done!

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    You answer is very short.Can you add an image? BTW: Welcome to GD.SE! – Mensch Feb 2 '15 at 10:39
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    ermm... if you look at the question the object is a raster image. – Scott Feb 2 '15 at 13:00

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