First, the ubiquitous information:
I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 v. 16.0.3 32-bit on a Win XP sp3 OS
Now, the project: A 50th Wedding Anniversary invitation for my parents.
I am trying to create two interlocking hearts that will have one or more extrude & bevel effects applied. (Think jewelry style hearts.) I need an area thick enough to apply the E&B effect, but need the center of the hearts to have no fill (as opposed to white fill).
To create the hearts I started with a circle - black stroke, no fill - and added/moved anchor points to create the assymetric heart shape I wanted. Then, I created a second smaller heart the same way, located inside the larger heart to create the inside and outside edge of the shape. Both are on the same layer. I then selected both paths and used "Object/Compound Path/Make" so that the two paths make the inner and outer edges of the heart. I then used the Appearance pallet, setting the stroke to the desired shade and fill to a slightly lighter shade. This gives me the "flat" look that I want...
However, when I try to apply the 3D effect, it only applies to the strokes and not the fill, which is NOT what I'm trying to achieve. I have also changed the stroke to "none" and tried to apply the effect, but there is no effect.
I also tried making two solid shapes as hearts, filling the larger with color and the smaller with a fill of "none" but the transparent nature of the smaller heart simply lets the fill from the larger show through.
Where did I go wrong in the design? I've included a screenshot below.
Thanks for any assistance!