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Changing a circle to a hexagon

New Here ,
May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019

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I have a circular image that I want to change into a hexagon without cropping the image. For lack of a better term, I want to "squish" the image into a regular hexagon, without trimming any of the edges off. Illustrator seems like the most likely way to do this, but I haven't find any method yet. Does anyone have any ideas, in Illustrator or another program? TIA!

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Community Expert ,
May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019

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You could start by drawing a polygon on top of your circular image. The polygon must be on top.

Select both the image and the polygon.

Choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

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Community Expert ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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ley,

If squish means that you wish to distort the entire circular artwork so it fits into a hexagon (including that the sections of the curved outer edges are changed into straight edges), then you may use something like Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Top Object (the hexagon which has to be above the artwork in the (Layers) stacking order) or Make with Mesh.

I doubt whether it will be pretty, not least the way it (fails to) follow(s) the edges of the hexagon.

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Engaged ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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sub divide the line with the right amount of points (equidistant)  and click the vertices with the 'anchor point' tool to make the beziers rigid/straight... it should not look like a hexagon

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May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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The best way to do this will greatly depend on the image is... can you post a screenshot ?

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Advocate ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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Please know that the circle image will need cropped. It's a square peg/round hole situation.

Try to draw your polygon so the each edge touches the edge of your circular image, then mask them together.

flowers.jpg

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New Here ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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After messing around with this for more time than I probably should have, I'm starting to think that what I want isn't actually possibly, though Jacob's suggestion with envelope distortion definitely came closest. Unfortunately, I can't quite get the image to distort the way I need it to. But thanks for your suggestions, everyone!

Who knew that graphing a nonsymmetrical pattern in a circular image to a hexagon so I could knit it circularly (instead of hexagonally) could be so complicated?

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Community Expert ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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You could select the image and choose Object > Distort > Make with Mesh. That will allow you to move individual points and lines around in the mesh using the Direct Selection tool. The mesh will give you more control than Envelope Distort.

To clean up the edges, you may still need to draw a hexagon and make a clipping path as I described in post #1.

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Community Expert ,
May 25, 2019 May 25, 2019

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ashleyv82868780  wrote

Jacob's suggestion with envelope distortion definitely came closest.

Since Jacob's idea in Post #2 to use Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Top Object came closest, can you show what you have? We might be able to better assist if we see it.

~ Jane

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Community Expert ,
May 30, 2019 May 30, 2019

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ashleyv82868780  wrote

though Jacob's suggestion with envelope distortion definitely came closest.

Hi Ashley,

You said the Jacob’s suggestion came the closest. Is this solved for you now or do you still have questions?

Do you want to keep this thread open or do you want to close it by marking one answer correct (if there is one) and others helpful (if they are)?

Let us know,

Jane

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Community Expert ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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i think if its an image it would be best done in PS. Using a shape as a reference and the liquify tool to have better control. Once again, depending on the image...

Screen Shot 2019-05-24 at 12.35.33.jpg

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Community Expert ,
May 25, 2019 May 25, 2019

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Illustrator is great for transforming vectors, here is a zig zag and scale effect on a vector circle:

zigzag.png

However, if you are indeed talking about an image, this would not be suitable.

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Community Expert ,
May 25, 2019 May 25, 2019

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Try to draw the Hexagon Shape above your Artwork.
- Select the shape and the Artwork.
- Go to Object>> Envelope Distort>> Make with top object.

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Community Expert ,
May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019

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~Ley  wrote

I have a circular image that I want to change into a hexagon without cropping the image. ... Does anyone have any ideas, in Illustrator or another program?

Hi Ley,

These are from InDesign, which allows you to change the shape of the image in Object > Convert Shape. Note that even the circle that you are starting with crops the image because all images are rectangles, always.

A hexagon has six equal sides. Six unequal sides will show more of the image. Adding more sides to the polygon will show more of the image.

The only way to show the entire image in a hexagon is to distort it or to use a rectangle. If you show your artwork, we can better assist.

[Image from the National Gallery of Art open access images: National Gallery of Art | NGA Images ]

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May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019

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Converting shapes in InDesign will only rarely bring you exact geometric shapes. You can clearly see that in the hexagon, which is distorted.

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New Here ,
Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023

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An equilateral hexagon (I've just learned) has, in Adobe CS polygon tool orientation, a height that is .866 times its width! So you can create a hexagon of those dimensions and then transform dimensions with constrained proportions, or you can do the math within the polygon tool text boxes (e.g. 15 width and 15*.866 height).

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Community Expert ,
Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023

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4 year old thread and "Adobe CS" is also not quite the latest version ...

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New Here ,
Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023

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a) Thanks for shaming me for making a typo! I'm sorry I can't see a way to edit my comment to meet your standards!

b) I searched for a solution to the equilateral hexagon problem, and I found this thread before finding a way make it happen, and I was trying to make the info that Google served me -- this 4 year old thread -- a little more helpful. I'm sorry that isn't okay with you!

c) If your first response to an irrelevant-at-worst comment is to respond this way, maybe you should revisit whether you want to be described as a "community expert"!

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Community Expert ,
Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023

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In Illustrator you define polygons by their radius - just like a circle. And you can change the number of edges later on (that was different in Illustrator CS - so your typo actually makes a huge difference).

 

But this thread is about distorting images.

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Mar 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023

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For anyone who cares to, I give my full permission to delete my incorrect comments above, now that a community expert has shamed me for a lack of knowledge and a typing error that these forums don't allow me to edit myself.

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Mentor ,
Mar 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023

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