VECTOR Lines DISTORTION Effect in Adobe Illustrator

VECTOR Lines DISTORTION Effect in Adobe Illustrator

January 14, 2020 32 By Peter Engel


Hello world. welcome back. One of my viewers asked me how to create this
vector 3d Distorted Lines typography in illustrator. So In this video, I will explain the process. If you are thinking that this could be done
with mesh tool or blend tool then you are wrong. They cannot give you this. or any other tool. That is why I created a script which helps
you to create this with just a few mouse clicks. For that, you will need illustrator and photoshop
both. First, open the empty photoshop document. I’ll take 1280 by 720 pixels. Do not go higher than this resolution. You will know why in a moment. The distortion effect we want will require
a white background. So I will keep this white. Add a Black Text or Shape. In final output, Distortion will be applied
the most on the Blacks and None on the White. and Grays will be in between. Right now this is solid black so distortion
will be too sharp. so to make it smoother, add a Gaussian blur. To keep the blur editable, First, convert
the text layer for the smart filter. than add gaussian blur with amount around 15 px. As I told you before, White won’t have any
distortion effect. So this area around the text is useless. So crop out that part. keep a very small amount of white around the
text. Uncheck the option “Delete Cropped Pixels”. just in case you need it back! Before proceeding further, I will save the
project. Now it’s time to run the script. Goto File>Scripts>.. Line Distorter Image
Processor. This box will pop up. Here, enter Step count for X-axis & Y-axis.
the default 10 does the job but I’ll set the X to 8 px. and Y steps to default 10 px. After clicking ok, you will see the progress
in Layer Panel here. Do Not Minimize or click anywhere inside photoshop
while the image is being processed. Photoshop could crash.. Yeah, I’ve already saved the project. Process CANNOT be stopped in the middle. Click OK. Now you can see the Color Sampler Tool is
picking the color from every 8th Pixel on X-axis. and every 10th pixel on Y-axis.
here you can see the status of the process in the layer names. Don’t worry about the bunch of those layers. they will vanish in the end. Do not click anywhere inside. If you minimize the photoshop. You won’t be able to maximize back until the
end of this process. So I recommend not to do that. You can work on other applications though. Photoshop will work in the background. You can see it is taking quite a long time. that is why I cropped out the white areas
around. That can save a lot of time. So for testing purpose start with low-resolution
documents. around 500px. This is Text Layer with a smart filter. so you can scale it up to high resolution
later. This wait is much better than making every
single path manually with the Pen Tool. let me fast forward this. It’s almost done. Open Illustrator Document and run ‘Line Distorter’
script there”. You can see those layers are gone. Now Open Illustrator Document. Goto File>Scripts>Line Distorter. In this box, it is asking for Height amount
& Angle. I will keep the height default 0.7 and Angle
110. and Click OK. Here is the output. You can see distortion is wonderful. But the problem is there are thousands of
unnecessary points on the straight segments of the path. we don’t need them. To remove them, keep the line group selected, Goto Object>Path>Simplify. We want to remove the points
which are only on straight lines. so check the box saying Straight Lines. and
set Angle Threshold to 1 degree. OK. Now it looks clean. Use the Direct Selection Tool to manipulate
the points. For example, I’m aligning them to the artboard edges. If you need more lines here then you can just
duplicate this one few times. here we’ve got two groups. One contains the Lines. and the other one
contains the background shape. You can change the color & width of the lines
& background. Select the Line Group>Go to Appearance Panel
>Double Click on “Contents”. So all the individual paths are now selected. I will increase the stroke width to 1.7 Stroke Color to Black. Fill color closer to the white. Apply this same Fill Color to the Background
Shape too. You don’t have to pre-process
the image in photoshop each time. but If you change Blur amount, text or anything
visual then you will have to re-run the process in photoshop. Once the image process completes. You can run “Line Distorter” in Illustrator
as many time you like. Try Different height, angles, and colors. Here are some variations in the angle value. Right now I’m working on the script. So If you want it then please give a thumbs
up and write down your comments below. Make sure to Subscribe the channel for more
videos & tips. I’ll post you the link when it is ready. Thank you for watching πŸ™‚