Use a Distort Effect on Images in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    You should have Illustrator open and a document ready
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    A photograph is used, but you can use digital or even scanned drawings. Either way, try to use high-quality images.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow at the top-left side of the toolbar
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    You can also use different selection tools if you are working with more complicated shapes.
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    Click the object that you want to distort
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    When you click on the object, a thin blue frame and anchors will appear, which mean that your object is now ready for editing.
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    Click "Effect" at the top of the window
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    There is a "Photoshop Effects" section. It is useful to have "Photoshop Effects" within Illustrator, because you do not have to keep switching between the programs when you are working..
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    Move the cursor to "Distort"
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    A menu will appear where you can select the effect you prefer. There will be three options.
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    Let's click "Diffuse Glow..."
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    This effect applies a foggy glow to your image and intensifies light and dark areas. A large dialogue box will appear with a preview on the left side.
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    You can zoom into and out of the preview by clicking the plus and minus icons in the bottom-left corner
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    Alternatively, you can click the arrow next to a percentage
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    Click a percentage for the zoom
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    Click and drag the image to move it
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    Click the drop-down menu on the right-hand side
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    There will be many options available.
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    You can adjust some other settings below the drop-down menu
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    The set of settings will depend on the "Distort" effect selected.
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    You can adjust "Graininess"
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    The preview will be updated very subtly. You can adjust the value by clicking and dragging the scroller or clicking along the scroller line. You can also type a number in the input field to the right.
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    You can adjust "Glow Amount" in the same way
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    You can adjust "Clear Amount" in the same way
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    Once you are satisfied with the changes, just click "OK"
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    "OK" is in the upper-right corner of the window, above "Cancel". The changes will be applied.
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    Otherwise, click "Cancel"
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    You will discard the settings.
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    Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to step back
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    Click "Effect"
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    Move the cursor to "Distort"
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    Let's select the next distortion, "Glass..."
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    You will have your dialogue box again. You may notice the difference between this effect and "Diffuse Glow". The "Glass" effect has a frosted glass effect. You may even have a painterly artistic effect without intending the image to look like glass. You will see new settings: "Smoothness", "Distortion", etc. They will be different from the previous settings.
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    Click the "Texture" drop-down menu
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    Let's click "Blocks" to change the texture of the "glass"
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    Click the "Texture" drop-down menu
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    Click "Canvas"
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    Click the "Texture" drop-down menu
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    Click "Tiny Lens"
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    There is also "Frosted".
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    As before, you can zoom in and out by clicking the options in the lower-left corner
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    Experiment with the settings.
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    You can change the "Smoothness" value as well
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    You can check and uncheck "Invert"
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    Click "Ocean Ripple" in the "Distort" section in the middle of the window
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    You can access the effects from both "Effects" and the menu in the middle on the current screen. The preview will be updated.
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    You can continue to play around with the settings on the right
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    Then, simply click "OK" to apply your settings
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    You will return to your canvas. The "OK" button is in the upper-right corner.
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