Using the Dynamic Free Distort Filter in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques, Deke finally finishes that odd Triangle-Face creature by using the Old School Free Distort filter (and then some dynamic effects) in Adobe Illustrator. This episode also shares some trial-and-error that gives you insight into how Deke actually works his way through these crazy ideas.

Here’s where we left off last week with our Broken Bells homage:

A face made of pink triangles against a black and white photo of a building.

The goal today is to get that skew going that makes the face look a bit more maniacal. At first, Deke attempts to skew the face against the background by using the relatively new Free Transform ability in Illustrator. But, this method proves problematic:

Triangles are skewed but some have escaped the design

So, instead he goes back and employs the relatively old (OK, old) Free Distort effect, which comes with this completely lacking preview, but none-the-less does the job:

Triangle face now skewed with the Free Distort filter dialog box.

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, then Deke’s got a follow up movie in which he shows you how adding a few Dynamic (and therefore reversible and adjustable) , namely Drop Shadow and Gaussian Blur, helps finish off the effect.

Triangle face with multiple dynamic effects applied in Illustrator

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