How to bend a path along an arc (or any shaped path)?


How can I bend a shape along a path in illustrator

I’ve been wondering for a while how I can do this, when I saw this question, I got very excited.

Inkscape: Bend a vector along a circular arc

But the methods provided seem to be just for Inkscape.

I’m looking for a way to do this in Illustrator:


{This is just an example shape,I don’t actually want it in this shape or curve – in Inkscape it’s pertty simple, just bend on curve, I’m looking for a similar feature in illustrator}

I have (a group of) shapes and I want it curved along the - - - - - - line:

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(Really just any path to my customization, just an example)

Or these shapes:

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I want them to “warp” all the way around the circle (to make a complete star-ish)

This was the best I could get using ObjectEnvelope DistortMake with Warp (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+W):

It is clearly not the desired effect, it needs to be dragged in further (and more consistently across the entire shape)

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Note: This can easily be done with text: (just use the type on path tool)

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I’m looking for a way to do it with standard shapes/paths. I do not want to make a brush (unless it’s my only option).

Why you ask?

If it’s a brush, I have to make it beforehand manually (I can’t just choose an item and bend it to X path – which I can do in Inkscape.) With a brush, the benefit would be to be able to have full control over the curves, but at a cost of extra time and effort, so sometimes I just want the computer to do it’s thing


Just save your shape as an art brush / pattern brush (depends on what are you trying to achieve)

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Source : Link , Question Author : WELZ , Answer Author : David Escalante

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