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, 2014 at 3:59
  • two images . a circle and a picture Aug 31, 2014 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, 2014 at 10:25
  • thank u for suggession. here it is flickr.com/photos/124549715@N04 Aug 31, 2014 at 10:58

3 Answers 3


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


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....." Aug 31, 2014 at 8:38
  • Is the blue circle in front of the image? If it is bheind, it won't work.
    – HopDavid
    Aug 31, 2014 at 15:28
  • yes . it is front of the image. but it still does not work. Sep 1, 2014 at 5:33

Select the image you want to distort. Object>rasterize. Done!

  • 2
    You answer is very short.Can you add an image? BTW: Welcome to GD.SE!
    – Mensch
    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:39
  • 2
    ermm... if you look at the question the object is a raster image.
    – Scott
    Feb 2, 2015 at 13:00

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