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Re: Illustrator drop shadow query

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les nemeth
Re: Illustrator drop shadow query
on Aug 12, 2010 at 5:45:13 pm

1. Create the silhouette of your shape (no holes, no compound shape). Just the outline of it.
2. Create your compound shape. This will obviously be the same as step 1 except this will have the holes and what not.
3. Copy your compound shape.
4. Select your compound shape on the artboard, assign a light gray color (whatever you want for your shadow color) use Effect > Blur Gaussian Blur. Adjust blur size as you see fit.
5. Paste in Front your compound shape that you've copied in step3.
6. Offset your blurred shape (shadow) as you see fit.
7. Take the silhouette of your shape you created in step 1, and use this as a clipping mask for the shadow.

Pat yourself on the back. Good job!

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