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Multiple drop shadows/duplicate effects.

Feb 21, 2013 2:50 PM

Tags: #illustrator #problem #adobe #effects #mac #cs6

I'm creating a UI template. Lots of buttons and lots of text on the buttons and I want the text to remain editable, but with multiple effects on the text, sometimes, a dupicate effect even.


The text is white on a blue background. I want a dropshadow, no blur, 1px up vertical, overlay. I want another drop shadow, no blur, 2 px up vertical, overlay. I want it to pop out a little bit to match my buttons.


The problem is when I use two of the same effect, it for some reason applies the second dropshadow the the first dropshadow, instead of to the original text. Does anyone know a workaround for what I'm trying to do?

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    Feb 21, 2013 3:01 PM   in reply to DustinDowell22

    The only thing I can be sure of is the key to manipulating multiple everything applied to an object is the Appearance panel. Select a piece of your text and check the Appearance panel. Everything applied to it will be there in stack order. You can rearrange the order and hierarchy. The keys to your effect application sequence and its results will be there.


    If you're still unsure, post a screenshot of it here.

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    Feb 21, 2013 3:02 PM   in reply to DustinDowell22

    You don't need a drop shadow to do this.




    apply two new fills

    use the transform-effect to move the fills up respectively down.

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