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How to separate "Drop Shadow" effect from an object's appearance in Illustrator?

Explorer ,
Nov 12, 2017 Nov 12, 2017

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Hi mates! Is there any way to create a different layer out of "Drop Shadow" effect in Illustrator? So, basically I need some shortcut way to have a shadow of an object separated from that object. Thanks in advance and have a nice day! (:

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Community Expert , Nov 12, 2017 Nov 12, 2017

Are you referring to expanding the appearance?

It will convert the shadow to a raster image and separate it from the object.

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Nov 12, 2017 Nov 12, 2017

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Are you referring to expanding the appearance?

It will convert the shadow to a raster image and separate it from the object.

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Nov 12, 2017 Nov 12, 2017

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If you want only the drop shadow and keep the effect live, try this:

drop shadow.png

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Nov 12, 2017 Nov 12, 2017

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Maybe simpler, fill the shape with Black, Blur it and change the Opacity and Blend mode.

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Explorer ,
Nov 17, 2017 Nov 17, 2017

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This one (Ton's first comment) seems to be interesting, but I'm stuck on the third step, cause if I'm changing the Fill Opacity to 0% then all the shadows just disappear too.

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Nov 17, 2017 Nov 17, 2017

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Maybe this explains it better:

Shadow.png

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Explorer ,
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017

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Amazing, I like it! Though I have no idea why it turns out that way, but it's a cool trick! Thank you!

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Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017

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Glad to hear you liked it.

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New Here ,
Oct 04, 2018 Oct 04, 2018

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Hi,

Grateful if someone can confirm that this trick still works?

I seem to get to where arturs was in step 3 - when i make the fill o% opacity all shadows disappear.

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Oct 04, 2018 Oct 04, 2018

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Yes it still works, make sure that in step 3 the Drop Shadow item is above the Opacity 0% item.

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2018 Oct 08, 2018

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Thanks, that did it. Didn't know you could move those around.

Cheers

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Community Expert ,
Oct 08, 2018 Oct 08, 2018

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Good to hear you got it working.

As you have seen the order of the items in the Appearance panel is important and can change the entire appearance.

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New Here ,
Jun 12, 2019 Jun 12, 2019

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Definitely one of the most useful tricks I have heard about in a long time.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 12, 2019 Jun 12, 2019

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Glad you like it, but you can get something similar in a less complicated way.

Just apply a blur to a black shape with a 75% fill opacity.

Blur.png

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2024 Jun 15, 2024

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I am so so sorry but I simply cannot achieve this trick for some reason. Is there a video tutorial for this somewhere because I can't recreate this effect. White object just stays there. I have layer, grouped it, applied shadow to both layer and it's group, upper one is set to Multiply and 0%, fill to 0% as well, object below is still there visible, white.

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Jun 15, 2024 Jun 15, 2024

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You don't need to do anything with the layer, just work on the object.

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Jun 27, 2024 Jun 27, 2024

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Hello @Strahinja_R.,

We hope Ton's suggestions have been helpful in resolving the issue. If you still need assistance, please feel free to reply to this thread. We're here to support you.

Thanks,
Anubhav

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