Manipulate drop shadow

Explorer ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi all,

 

I'm hoping to make a graphic similar to this. In particular, I'm struggling with the shadow.

 

How do I make a shadow like this?

 

Thanks!

TOPICS
How to

Views

91

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct answer

Community Expert , Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

Using a drop shadow effect will only act as an extension of a shape so it won't work to make a shadow that does not reflect the contour of the shape. It needs a workaround. In the screen shot below I made the custom shadows by first drawing an ellipse to roughly the shape I needed, filling it with black and applying the Directional Feather Effect using the settings shown. I then moved the shape backward in the stacking order to be behind the shape that needed the shadow and applied the opacity a

...

Likes

Translate

Translate
Community Expert ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I don't think it is a drop shadow, but a separate shape with blur and opacity applied. 

 

David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Expert ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Using a drop shadow effect will only act as an extension of a shape so it won't work to make a shadow that does not reflect the contour of the shape. It needs a workaround. In the screen shot below I made the custom shadows by first drawing an ellipse to roughly the shape I needed, filling it with black and applying the Directional Feather Effect using the settings shown. I then moved the shape backward in the stacking order to be behind the shape that needed the shadow and applied the opacity and Multiply as shown in the Effects Panel. 

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 4.56.26 PM.png

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2022 Jul 04, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

Ok, thank you. I'll give that a try. 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines