Enveloping starts with 21 ready-made preset shapes that are stored in the Envelope toolbar. These shapes can be applied to either objects or text. Although you can apply envelopes to text objects, you may find you get better results if you first convert the text to paths To edit text inside an envelope, Opt/Alt double-click with the Pointer tool. This opens the Text Editor where you can make your changes. There are some limits to what you can do when an envelope is applied to a graphic. For instance, you can't use the graphic in a blend or apply a second envelope to the graphic. So you may want to release the envelope after you apply it to a graphic. When you release an envelope a path will return to being a path, a text block will become a group and the individual letters will have been converted to paths. Once you have a new envelope shape, you may want to save it to use it on other objects. This includes shapes you have pasted as custom envelopes as well as preset paths you have modified. FreeHand also lets you see the envelope map. This is the grid of lines that is used by the envelope as part of the distortion. After you have created an envelope to modify a path or a text block, you can convert it to a path for use in your document. Converting an envelope to a path is very helpful since you cannot apply fills or strokes to the paths used as envelopes. <,a href='http://www.scritub.com/stiinta/tutorials/macromedia-freehand/Working-with-Envelopes185181039.php' target='_blank' title='Working with Envelopes - http://www.scritub.com'>,Working with Envelopes<,/a>, Source.

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