I am working with a map.
I want to have an outer glow along the coastline and a drop shadow under the frame.
So I applied the outer glow to the Live Paint map then made a clipping mask the same size as the map frame to limit the glow just to the coastline. Like this:
But I still want a drop shadow on the map. The “white” area in the Live Paint is void. So when I apply the drop shadow to this I get this:
Looks like the drop shadow is applied to objects inside the Clipping mask of the Live Paint.
I just want the drop shadow around the frame in the above image.
How do I do that?
I have put the .ai file on DropBox if anyone wants to take a look:
Thanks for any ideas!
You could select the clipping mask with the direct selection tool and then apply a white fill.
No. That doesn't work.
In your demo file I can just select it and apply the drop shadow. I'm not sure what is wrong with it.
Could you perhaps describe. I don't get it.
Ah! OK - but can you tell me exactly what you did?
I just selected the thing and applied a drop shadow. I don't know if that is how you want it to look like. Your demo file also doesn't have the outer glow, so I'm at a loss.
But the image you sent me does not include the outer glow for the coastline.
Is there a way we can chat about this?
This is the image I want to apply the drop shadow:
You can see that the drop shadow is inside the image
If you select the black frame with the direct selection tool and apply a white fill to it, that should solve it.
I don't use chats.
I noticed that the .ai file in the DropBox does not have the outer glow effect. My mistake.
OK - I updated the DropBox link with the .ai file that has the outer glow applied plus the clipping mask.
It looks like this:
In the outer glow effect change the blend mode from Screen to Normal.
And then select the clipping mask object with the direct selection tool and apply a white fill to it.
And then you can apply a drop shadow to the complete object. You need to select it with the selection tool for that.
Yes! Thank you so much Monika! Really appreciate it.
At first when I applied it in your test file I was also irritated and wanted to blame my dear live paint group 😄
But it's just the blend mode. They behave differently when there is an object below.