Help with envelope distort

Community Beginner ,
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Hi, I'm trying to create an envelope distort with top object, despite my top object being a single path, I'm being given the message - This path requires a selection of multiple objects. The top object must be a single path or mesh, or a symbol containing a single path or mesh. Does anyone have ant ideas to get around this?

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Community Beginner , Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021
Bless your soul! I was going crazy trying to figure it out. I could draw a rectangle and put a simple word like 'the' and it would display the error message. After reading your response, I sent the text to the back and brought the shape forward and it did the trick. Thank you!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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What's your 'bottom' object? Do you have both 'top' and 'bottom' objects selected?

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Top layer is a single pathed shaped, bottom object is various objects, but these are grouped together. Both top and bottom are selected.

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Can we see a screenshot of these, selected and with the layers panel open?

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Unfortunately I cannot show a screenshot. I have however put everything onto the same layer. I've tried with in a different document with an open path on top and a single shape below, this time I'm given the error - the operation cannot complete because of an unknown error illustrator [3]

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Can you at least show a screenshot of the layers panel with the list of objects?

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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The top object must be a closed path. Is it so?
If content is sensitive, could you please to try the operation with abstract content (e.g. a random shape on top and a random group below) and make a screenshot with it and with expanded Layer panel?

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Jul 19, 2020 Jul 19, 2020

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i m facing this same issue

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Jul 19, 2020 Jul 19, 2020

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Please show a screenshot of your selected objects. And please show the layers panel with those objects visible in it.

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Sep 07, 2020 Sep 07, 2020

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finally got solution i am also having same issue but fixed text layer bottom of a object layer 

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Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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Bless your soul! I was going crazy trying to figure it out. I could draw a rectangle and put a simple word like 'the' and it would display the error message. After reading your response, I sent the text to the back and brought the shape forward and it did the trick. Thank you!

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Thank you Joseph for explaining what he meant. And OP m_az. Worked for me, too. 

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Sep 07, 2020 Sep 07, 2020

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Which version of Illustrator are you using? With the current version it should work.

Are any of the objects locked?

Is the top object one single path? If you're not sure, try selecting the top object and choosing Object > Path > Join. Or, with the Direct Selection tool, select two anchor points that you think may not be joined and choose the Join command.

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