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Hi, Is there a technique for creating a shadow of a vector object? For example, let's say I create a drawing of a bench and I want it too look as if the sun was shining down on it creating a shadow on the ground. I've tried accomplishing this by grouping the various paths that compose the bench>group>flip vertical (and I've tried it with horizontal as well) and using the distort and/or skew tools then adding a Gaussian blur. I sort of get close, but it's just not right. Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks, David...

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    Default Creating a Shadow

    Hi,

    Is there a technique for creating a shadow of a vector object? For example,
    let's say I create a drawing of a bench and I want it too look as if the sun
    was shining down on it creating a shadow on the ground. I've tried
    accomplishing this by grouping the various paths that compose the
    bench>group>flip vertical (and I've tried it with horizontal as well) and
    using the distort and/or skew tools then adding a Gaussian blur. I sort of
    get close, but it's just not right.

    Any and all help is appreciated!

    Thanks,
    David


    David Guest

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    Default Re: Creating a Shadow

    I think you're on the right tracks. Instead of grouping, I would make them
    into a single object (all you need is the silhouette) by modify > combine
    paths > union.
    You might also want to use a gradient on the object from black to white so
    that it appears that the shadow is fading the further from the object it
    goes.

    You can take it a step further, making the shadow appear more focussed close
    to the object and more blurred as it goes away, but it probably isn't
    necessary for the effect you're after.

    Sometimes, repositioning the shadow object is necessary to make it appear
    attached to the object as you would expect and to avoid the original object
    appear to be floating.

    Rich





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    Thanks Rich. Those sound like some good tips.

    David


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