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I am trying to recreate the following shape in Adobe Illustrator:

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But I am failing spectacularly. I can't seem to find the right distortion, despite having tried a bunch of different settings and effects.

I tried the envelope distort options, the effect distorts and warps. I tried the mesh distort, but the result was not good - the lines weren't connected even though I had created a normal grid, and I couldn't recreate the size properly.

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I would try to do this an entirely other way. Don't start with a rectangular grid and distort that, as you have.

Check what lines the shape is built out of. In this case, that's horizontal lines and quarter circles.

  • Draw a quarter circle using the Arc tool (part of the Line tool);
  • Alt + drag it to the right to copy it once;
  • Press Ctrl / Cmd+D a few times to repeat the transformation;
  • Draw horizontal lines on the fitting heights.
  • Best avoid arc tool.and just use circle that you cut. – joojaa Aug 27 '16 at 11:56
  • @joojaa how so? – Vincent Aug 28 '16 at 23:52

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