How to mirror a shape in illustrator after using the warp arc effect?

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Aug 21, 2022 Aug 21, 2022

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I'm working on an art piece where I have used the warp arc effect which has given me an upper arc of my image. I would like to reflect this to get a ring or 2d torus but when I use the mirror or rotate tool, the arc shape transforms and becomes skewed. Is there a way that I can fix my arc shape so it doesn't distort when I mirror or rotate it?

 

Any help with this is much appreciated! Thank you.

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Community Expert , Aug 21, 2022 Aug 21, 2022

Elizabeth,

 

Always create a backup of artwork you are about to change irreversibly.

 

Object>Expand Appearance will turn it into a regular path.

 

 

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Community Expert , Aug 21, 2022 Aug 21, 2022

Can we see a screenshot?

You could if you don't want to expand appearance, use the transform effect instead of transforming with the tools.

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Elizabeth,

 

Always create a backup of artwork you are about to change irreversibly.

 

Object>Expand Appearance will turn it into a regular path.

 

 

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Thank you so much Jacob!

 

That worked a treat 🙂

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For my part you are welcome, Elizabeth.

 

I saw a regular path as a way for exact transformation (Smart Guides being your friends) regardless of the amount of bend.

 

I believe that you have chosen a full 100% bend.

 

In this connexion it may be relevant to consider the following, if you have the choice (unless you wish/need to have just two halves):

 

A 100% bend is actually overdoing it at the upper left and right with bulging there, as you can see if you compare the arc with a corresponding circle (a slightly larger one moved into place).

 

You get a shape much closer to a true circle with a 50% bend

 

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Can we see a screenshot?

You could if you don't want to expand appearance, use the transform effect instead of transforming with the tools.

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The easy way is to copy and flip object with "flip horizontally/vertically/ icon in property panel. Be sure to then move object.  

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