In trying to improve my Illustrator skills, I'm imitating some posters. Currently, I'm onto the one below.

What I'm having trouble with is the distorted background. I tried to convert a dot pattern to outlines and then move them somehow, but I don't know how to move them with a falloff, such that a smooth transition happens.

Any pointers would be appreciated.

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In addition to @Da01's great suggestion regarding envelope distort....

Illustrator does also have Warp Tools:

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Which can allow you to manually push/pull things around:

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I do also agree with DA01 that it looks more like a scanner and movement overall though.


In vector illustration software (such as Adobe Illustrator) you'd likely do this via envelop distort.

This particular example, however, appears to have been done via analog means. It looks like someone took an image, placed it on a scanner, then moved it while it was being scanned.

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