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How do I add a drop shadow to an AI file. Help!

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I am working with importing a High-res logo. Thankfully it is Vector and not a crappy jpg. SO - How do I add a drop shadow to an AI file. It seems strange I can't do that or even import an EPS. What is the reasoning so I can get on board with it. Are EPSs becoming "old school"?

 

But more importantly, how do you add a drop shadow to the AI? 

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Correct answer by Dan Rodney | Adobe Community Professional

You can't add drop shadows to groups in XD (whether they are shapes from Illustrator or elements created originally in XD). If you select a shape a single shape in the group you can add a shadow, but not to the entire group. One workaround that sometimes works is to use Illustrator's Pathfinder feature to merge things into a single path, but that's not always an option.

 

Please upvote this feature request if you'd like to see this fixed XD User Voice: Ability to put a shadow on grouped elements 

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How do I add a drop shadow to an AI file. Help!

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I am working with importing a High-res logo. Thankfully it is Vector and not a crappy jpg. SO - How do I add a drop shadow to an AI file. It seems strange I can't do that or even import an EPS. What is the reasoning so I can get on board with it. Are EPSs becoming "old school"?

 

But more importantly, how do you add a drop shadow to the AI? 

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Correct answer by Dan Rodney | Adobe Community Professional

You can't add drop shadows to groups in XD (whether they are shapes from Illustrator or elements created originally in XD). If you select a shape a single shape in the group you can add a shadow, but not to the entire group. One workaround that sometimes works is to use Illustrator's Pathfinder feature to merge things into a single path, but that's not always an option.

 

Please upvote this feature request if you'd like to see this fixed XD User Voice: Ability to put a shadow on grouped elements 

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Hi there,

 

Thank you for reaching out. It looks like you're trying to add a drop shadow to an Illustrator file in XD. Please see the steps mentioned in this article: https://helpx.adobe.com/xd/help/set-border-color-shadow.html#Createadropshadow

 

If you want to drop shadows with in Illustrator, please check out thi article: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/create-drop-shadow.html

 

Let me know if that helps.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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Hi Harshika,

 

When I have the AI (illustrator vector) selected I don't get the option to apply a drop shadow. This is where the problem is. Please see attached.

 

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Thanks for sharing the screenshot. Is it possible for you to share the Ai file and XD file with me separately for testing purpose. Please upload the file to a shared location such as Creative Cloud or Dropbox and share the url with me over a private message.

 

Note: Please share the url of the post over a PM for reference.

 

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Harshika

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You can't add drop shadows to groups in XD (whether they are shapes from Illustrator or elements created originally in XD). If you select a shape a single shape in the group you can add a shadow, but not to the entire group. One workaround that sometimes works is to use Illustrator's Pathfinder feature to merge things into a single path, but that's not always an option.

 

Please upvote this feature request if you'd like to see this fixed XD User Voice: Ability to put a shadow on grouped elements 


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Thank you Dan. Hopefully that is something Adobe will fix in the future. I understand the problem but there should be a way to treat it as single path/group.

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