Envelope Distort with a top object that has curves with only one handle makes the contents tangled and broken
When I try to use envelope distort it makes all of the type look crazy. I have used it successfully in the past, I unchecked the distort button in options. Not sure how to solve, I restarted and reinstalled Illustrator — still not working. The attached image shows the 2 elements I am trying to distort and the bottom shows the result I get.
Ai fails here because the envelope path is built wrong. The corner points have no handles, and it means Ai has to warp the art into zero. If you want a correct distortion, you have to ensure the points that are adjacent to curved segment always have handles (see images 1 and 2).
Making curves with only one handle is a VERY BAD practice, and this is one of many cases why. A curved segment should always have two handles, not one.
Handles’ lengths define the tension of the mesh cells. When handles equal 1/3 of the segment — no 'equalized' distortion happen (see images 3 and 4).
And if you make handles in the middle smaller, but enlarge those in corners, you will get 'shrinking', because Ai warps the image according to these handles (see images 5 and 6).
Handles define distortion. Poorly drawn path — bad distortion. Curves with one handle only — poorly drawn curves. Zero handles length — is like a black hole, it distorts absolutely. 'Only a Sith deals in absolutes'.
The weird glitched result you get is still a bug, so please upvote this report.
Doug Roberts commented
Example file to replicate:
Sorry it took me so long!
The problem is happening! The mesh that gets generated is a weirdo! It looks like a simple one, but in fact it s a layered mix of same separated shapes. Try to Release the envelope and then to move a mesh node with the Direct selection tool to see it.
Definitely worth attention.
Thanks for the file!
Appreciate you taking a look!
Looks odd. Can you share the file please?
When I use envelope distort I get all of the type going crazy. I have used this in the past, not sure why it is not working now. top image shows the 2 things I am using with envelope distort and the bottom shows what happens. It happens even if I just use one word.