When an object is in Envelope Edit mode, its bounding box acts like the rubber sheet. Canvas X Draw includes several envelope styles that offer various handles you can use to stretch an object’s bounding box. Using this effect, you can create new shapes, add a sense of motion to an illustration, arrange text so it appears to be painted on a three-dimensional object, or distort an image.
The Envelope command distorted the type to match the contour of the ship’s hull
Canvas X Draw has several envelope templates that you use to instantly distort shapes. The silhouettes in the template scroll list show the distortion created by each template. In addition, you can create your own envelope templates. After you apply the envelope effect to an object, you can acquire the shape of the envelope as a template.
To store an object’s envelope as a template, you must first use the envelope effect on the object. (See To Apply an Envelope Effect:.) You can’t acquire a standard vector shape, such as a circle, unless you first apply the envelope effect.
In addition to envelope templates, Canvas X Draw has six envelope styles that let you edit shapes in different ways. Each style moves and changes the bounding box in a particular way. See Envelope Styles and Editing Options for information on the attributes of each style.
Number of handles
Enter the number of horizontal and vertical handles in the text boxes.
Each handle behaves like a path anchor point and can move in any direction.
Each side of the envelope edit box is a straight line; handles can move in all directions. This style is useful for creating perspective.
All handles are connected by straight lines. Corner handles are constrained to right-angle movements; side handles can move in all directions.
Side handles form convex or concave curves between corner handles. Side handles can move in any direction; corner handles are constrained to right-angle movements.
Side handles form S-shaped curves between corner handles. Side handles can move in any direction; corner handles are constrained to right-angle movements.
All handles behave like smooth anchor points and can move in any direction.