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Please help with inner shadow in Illustrator

Jun 3, 2009 1:38 PM

I am trying to accomplish something that looks like the following in Illustrator. What is the best way to go about doing that?

 

thing.png

 
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    Jun 3, 2009 2:19 PM   in reply to hijack31

    hijack,

     

    It looks like a shadow created by a nearby light source. Is that intended?

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 2:36 PM   in reply to hijack31

    hijack,

     

    Does Effect>Stylize>Drop Shadow full opacity, no blur, 100% darkness, and appropriate offsets, do what you need?

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 2:47 PM   in reply to hijack31

    The forums are running especially bucket awful today. Must be running at half-gerbil.

     

     

    Here's what I did: Copy text, Edit > Paste Behind, use cursor keys to move copy, Shift-click on original text, Object > Clipping mask > Make. Now select just the top text item and use the Appearance panel to Add New Fill, giving it the colour of the drop shadow. Done, unless you want a soft shadow like on the bottom. Then use Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur on the bottom text item.

     

    innershadow.png

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 3:11 PM   in reply to hijack31

    I think you just missed my previous post.

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 3:13 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    This is the way I did this.

     

    I outline the n

    then drew a rectangle selected both and made them a live paint group.

    then fill the n shape with a fill of none

    then applied a drop shadow with a blur of 0.

     

    That's itPicture 2.png

     

    You can then flatten the transparency and turn it into a LivePaint group and fill the rest with either the gray or none

     

    Picture 3.png

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 5:59 PM   in reply to hijack31

    For something with a gradient or pattern you probably will be better off with a compound path. Copy the text with outlines. Draw a rectangle around the existing text and make a compound path with the text and the rectangle. Now you have an inverse shape with your text acting as holes in the rectangle. Fill with our shadow colour, blur if necessary, and set opacity mode to Multiply in the Transparency panel, and set the transparency level (I used 70%). This will become the shadow, so move it however much you want the shadow to be offset. Paste in Front, Shift-click to select the shadow, and create you mask.

     

    One problem with Illustrator is (for no good reason whatsoever) your fill and stroke are removed when you make a mask. No worry. Paste (not Paste in Front) to create a new copy of the original text. Use the eyedropper to copy the gradient to your mask.

     

    Picture 1.png

     

    In fact, using the live Pathfinder tools, you don't need to convert the text to paths. The samples above use live text. Click here for AI CS2 file.

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 6:50 PM   in reply to Scott Falkner

    I still think the Live Paint group is the easiest way

     

    Picture 4.png

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 8:21 PM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    Wade_Zimmerman wrote:

     

    I still think the Live Paint group is the easiest way

     

    I don't. Not transparent without extra steps. Not able to use live text. Not able to use a soft shadow. Goes to pieces if the shadow is moved.

     
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    Jun 3, 2009 9:26 PM   in reply to Scott Falkner

    I use another word more direct and intuitive

     

    Picture 5.pngPicture 8.png

     

    I guess I meant for me it is easier.

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 4:23 AM   in reply to hijack31

    I had the same problem and I found a simple solution to it:

    I've created a photoshop file first in which I created all the objects having an inner shadow - then I saved everything as PDF file and reopened it in Illustrator.

    Illustrator converted everything to vectors even my inner shadow and so I could go on working like  intended.

    This is maybe not best practice, but works quicker than other approaches.

     
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    Sep 7, 2011 2:21 PM   in reply to hijack31

    Here is the simpletst way I found (Illustrator CS5).

    1. Outline text.

    2. Copy it (Ctrl+C)

    3. Duplicate it with an offset of the shadow (hold Alt and drag it to the position).

    4. Ungroup everything.

    5. Open Pathfinder

    6. Select one letter and its shadow and select 2nd option - Minus Front. Do this with each letter.

    Conditional, if you want different color in the back of letters.

    7. Paste to back (Ctrl+B).

    8. Change color.

    Done! Time - 1 minute

     
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