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Converting Illustrator effects to vector

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I have an illustration with Effects > Inner Glow applied. Is there a way to convert the Inner Glow shading to vector?

I know that if I do that it will no longer be editable as an effect, but I need everything in th illustration to be vector. Is that possible?

If it is not possible, what is the best way to add shading to a vector illustration while keeping the shading vector?

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The only way I can think of is to use a blend using multiple objects.

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Converting Illustrator effects to vector

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I have an illustration with Effects > Inner Glow applied. Is there a way to convert the Inner Glow shading to vector?

I know that if I do that it will no longer be editable as an effect, but I need everything in th illustration to be vector. Is that possible?

If it is not possible, what is the best way to add shading to a vector illustration while keeping the shading vector?

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Correct answer by Larry G. Schneider | Adobe Community Professional

The only way I can think of is to use a blend using multiple objects.

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Hi there.

 

Thanks for reaching out. It would be very helpful if you could share a few more details about your artwork and effects applied. You may try expanding the appearance (Object > Expand Appearance). 

 

Here are a few tutorials you may check out:

 

 

Let us know if this helps or if you have any further questions, we'd be happy to help.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Thanks for your reply. This is an example -- a shape that has the Inner Glow effect applied. The effect gives the shape a softer, more dimensional look.

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However, the effect is raster and I need to keep everything vector, and as far as I can tell, Expand Appearance does not change this effect to vector.

So I need to know a good way to give the appearance of shadinig and still keep everything vector.

 

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The only way I can think of is to use a blend using multiple objects.

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Thanks, Larry. I tried blends but a blend doesn't work well on some of the shapes because of their complexity. Your answer was helpful because at least I won't waste more time trying.

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