"Envelope distort > Make with top object" is warping/distorting text.
I've seen this issue in a lot of online forums, but found no answer. I'm using the CC trial version, fairly new to Illustrator.
Online tutorials show users creating a shape > typing text > converting text to outline > move shape to front > selecting shape and text > Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object. It shapes the text perfectly to shape, without distorting the font or curving the letters.
But when I follow these steps, but my text always comes out wavy and distorted within the shape. I've tried Envelope Options and deselecting "Distort Appearance" but this does nothing.
I'm not really advanced enough to use the "Make with Mesh" option/workaround for filling shapes w/ text -- most people recommend this workaround but I'd love to be able to do what videos like this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KPHYfDVq_0
Why won't "Make from Top Object" work for me? So frustrating, seems pretty basic, according to many videos. But many people also seem to have this problem. Is it just a bug?
Adobe: Please fix this issue!!!
Any help on this would be appreciated.
Please accept my sincere apology for the inconvenience. Please get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html . Since this is not a generic issue that we can reproduce at our end, we will need someone to look into your machine to figure out what is going on here.
I had this same problem with a few outlined letters in my design. Although I had deselected "Distort Appearance," a few letters were distorting when I used Envelope Distort > Make with Warp...
I was able to solve the problem by selecting all of the points in each troublesome letter (these were outlined and therefore closed shapes) that was distorting and using the Unite function in Pathfinder. This seemed to clean up overly complicated handles and curves in my letters without changing the look of them and when I tried Make with Warp... again, it worked perfectly!
I hope this helps.
I am having this issue as well. The shape I am using is pretty straight forward (is asymmetrical). So is the font I'm using (simple sans serif).
If the shape you are creating for the top object is not symmetrical it is going to skew or twist the type. You will not that the tutorials always choose symmetrical shapes.
Half the time I get curving stroke distortion from a straight stroke font. The top (a horizontal line) comes out fine but on the bottom (a slightly arced line) the letterforms are squeezed to either side. The horizontal strokes are distorted. Both sides are vertical. Tried with both top and bottom arced and it seems to work, but that is not what the client needs.
Having the same issue as you and Amanda. Driving me crazy.
I am having the same issues. The envelope distort is adding anchor points to the object AFTER I click "make with top object" - even if I'd made the shape with straight lines using the pen tool. Even worse, the added anchor points have handles and can't be converted using the "convert anchor point" tool.
Egor Chistyakov commented
Please show pictures.
You are doing everything right, but it all depends on shape of envelope path, it's complexity, number of points, handles (especially handles). When you make distortion 'with top object', it got CONVERTED to mesh automatically, so you have to understand meshes anyway.
I would like to help, but I need real art you making to give you an advice.
Also please look for free MeshTormentor plugin which is must-have for working with meshes.