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How do I remove a shadow in Illustrator CS4?

Sep 7, 2010 1:09 PM

Hi,

 

I need to take a shadow off a vector graphic in Illustrator CS4, is there a way of doing this?

 

Many thanks,

 
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    Sep 7, 2010 1:27 PM   in reply to Foxy_69

    if it's a vector shape, you select the shadow and hit the delete button on you keyboard.

     

    if the shadow is an effect, open your Appearances palette, find the effect on the list and delete it from there.

     
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    Sep 7, 2010 1:28 PM   in reply to Foxy_69

    Select the object that has the Drop Shadow. Open the Attributes panel. You'll see a listing that says "Drop Shadow". Click on "Drop Shadow" and then click on the trash can in the panel.

     
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    Sep 7, 2010 1:55 PM   in reply to Foxy_69

    Perhaps you should show a screenshot.

     
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    Sep 7, 2010 4:11 PM   in reply to Foxy_69

    The Attributes palette does not display drop shadow effects. The Appearances palette does.

     

    JET

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 3:57 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    What would help is a screen shot of your appearance panel with a shadowed path selected.

     

    Also, for laughs, give us a screen shot of the art after selecting all.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 4:16 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    Nobody is laughing at you. By "for laughs" (a colloquialism in the English language) I simply meant "just do this extra thing for us because it might (or might not) prove to be helpful."

     

    Somebody will jump in here any minute to give you detailed instructions for capturing a screen shot. You will make life easier for that person if you tell us which operating system and version you are using.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 4:26 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/secretcapture.html

     

    If necessary, crop the captured image in Photoshop (with no re-sampling) to show only the pertinent area(s), then use Save for Web to create a PNG for upload here.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 5:43 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    OK, now we're getting somewhere.

     

    Can you select, say, just the orange section at upper left -- by either ungrouping first or using the direct selection tool -- and show us the appearance panel under that condition?

     

    That blue thingy, I believe, is an artifact of the capture. I can't recall its significance at the moment. You can just ignore it.

     

    EDIT: Upon closer inspection, the blue thingy seems to be an object (with no fill or stroke) in your Illustrator artwork. I have no idea how it got there. You should be able to direct-select it and delete it.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 5:13 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    Foxy,

     

    What happens if you select everything and click the Reduce to Basic Appearance button (I cannot see it in the screenshot, and the panel looks different from what I see in 10, so I have no clue what it should look like, but the buttons should declare themselves upon hovering)?

     

    Maybe some of the parts have shadows applied, others not.

     

    You may save yourself with an Undo (Ctrl/Cmd+Z).

     

    Or you could roll the whole artwork so it does not protrude.

     

    Hi Harron.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 5:33 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    From the appearance panel capture with all selected (post #15), it is possible the OP has some grouped paths, in which case Reduce to Basic Appearance will not be available as an option. In AI 14 (CS4), I believe 'Reduce to Basic Appearance' can only be selected via the appearance panel's flyout menu (i.e., there is no dedicated button). It will be grayed out if there are any grouped objects.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 6:19 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Right you are, Harron, thank you.

     

    So it might be necessary/possible to DirectSelect the releavnt paths (the ones with the shadows) and use the option.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 6:50 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    First try this. Select the small circular art on the left side and delete it. If you cannot use the lasso tool to just select that then use the layers panel to select the art and the delete it.

     

    Once deleted select your art and see if it reads in the Appearance panel as a group and if the groups has the effect applied to it.

     

    if so delete the drop shadow effect.

     

    If not open the layers  and elect the layer the art is one go back the appearance panle to see if it now lists the layer as the top item and see if the effect is applied to the layer if so select it and then delete it.

     

    if none of that works then use the direct select tool and select each elemental path, one at a time and delete the drop shadow effect using the appearance panel.

     

    One of these methods will work. Unless the drop shadow is actually a filter and not an effect. In that event use the direct select tool to select the select the shadow on the canvas and then delete it.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 9:09 AM   in reply to Foxy_69

    the posts above should resolve your problem, but the artwork is so simple you can probably direct select ever color shape, copy them, delete everything and paste the clean shapes back on.

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 12:27 PM   in reply to Foxy_69
    ...for some reason I cannot ungroup the object BUT 'shadow' is now in the Appearance panel! How has this happened??!

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 12:29 PM   in reply to Foxy_69

    Fox,

     

    Another problem - because I cannot ungroup them I can't get rid of the 'blue thing'.

     

    You cannot select it with the Direct Selection Tool (by dragging over it or clicking the individual Anchor Points) and delete it?

     
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    Sep 8, 2010 12:34 PM   in reply to Foxy_69

    You are welcome, Fox.

     
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