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Cola

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Apparently, I have never needed to do this and feel stupid that I can't figure it out...even after checking some tutorials.

I am using the Envelope Distort tool. The text and shape are in it's very own layer with the path on top of the text. I select them all and go to Envelope Distort>Make With Top Object...and below is what I get.

What is going on and how do I fix this? Any other way to get it done?

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I do everything the bad and clumsy way but I'd just make a line whose path is the same as the bottom part of the banner, and use the text on a path tool.

That would be fine in some cases...but if I did that, it would warp the text just fine...but the vertical areas on the text wouldn't match up well to the banner shape.

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Effect -> Warp -> Arch

Again, that ends up pretty like Chestnutz's suggestion...take for example if you did that...the first vertical line on the C has a slight angle on it as does the rest of the text...when it should be a vertical line fitting the left side of the shape. Same for the right side of the text...should match up vertically to the right side of the shape.

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it should do exactly as you described. try typing it and leaving it as live text before you arch it. then expand one it's the correct look.

i tried while it was live text and the options were greyed out. this is what i got when i tried it:

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What you're showing there is an ARC. What you need is an ARCH.

The H makes all the difference. An ARC rotates letters over a curve. An ARCH keeps letters vertically straight and warps the top and bottom of the letters.

If you're SURE you're using an ARCH and not an ARC, then I couldn't tell you what the problem is.

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What you're showing there is an ARC. What you need is an ARCH.

The H makes all the difference. An ARC rotates letters over a curve. An ARCH keeps letters vertically straight and warps the top and bottom of the letters.

If you're SURE you're using an ARCH and not an ARC, then I couldn't tell you what the problem is.

Don't I feel like an idiot now. Damn.

Slapshot, thanks for your help- you were totally right from the get-go. One letter certainly makes the difference here and I totally missed it.

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