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Shawn Bentley

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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:59 am

Drop shadow Design help please

Hi guys anyone know how to create this drop shadow in illustrator where it drops away from letters with a gap
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Lee Pitcher

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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:19 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

I hate ones like this !

OK. How I'd do it is.........

Create the shape with the pen tool. Type the font that you need and scale it to fit the shape created. Using Envelope Distort (use top object). That gives you the shape of the letters. Create outlines. Copy and paste in back (use a different colour to see the shadow effect) and move to the desired position. On the top lettering (in this case the blue) make an offset path to the desired width. (change this to white). Use the pathfinder tool to remove parts of the grey with this new white offset path.

Sounds as clear as mud when I've read it back but hopefully it will help !

How are you getting on with your XC540 Shawn ? I've just bought one but having a few issues so it might well be going back !

Let me know if you need any further help

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Lee
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:20 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Not the most straight forward but a quick and DIRTY way is:

Create the text, outline it then add Drop Shadow (Effect>Stylize>Drop Shadow).
Set Opacity to 100% and Blur to zero. Offset it as much as you like.
When all done do Object>Expand Appearance. Now the shadow is a separate object.
Select your main text (not the shadow) and add a Stroke (the white gap). Object>Expand...>Stroke on it to make the Stroke a separate object.
At this point you should have 3 different objects: The text, the gap and the shadow. Use Pathfinder options to trim into each other.

Latear edit: I used Patfinder to Unite the text and the shadow objects and make a single object. Now select this and the gap object and use Pathfinder Minus Front. This created the right paths on my screen. One for text, one for shadow.
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:26 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Sorry, I forgot to say once you've used envelope distort, use top object you need to expand it's appearance ! I've actually redrawn it very quickly but can't post it on here for some reason ???

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Shawn Bentley

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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:39 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

hi guys cheers, still have probs making it look the same lol, I've uploaded file in case I'm being stupid lol, any help appreciated, thank u in advance, my xc540 running good now lee few hiccups but prints nice now, done the envelope etc.
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:53 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Have sent you an email with this done Shawn. Looks like you just need to squash the logo I've sent down a bit though
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:38 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Hi lee can't find email mate was it sent to registered one ? Cheers Shawn
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:02 pm

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Hi lee thank for help, haven't received email? Which address was it sent to cheers, can it be uploaded on here ? Cheers in advance Shawn
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:04 pm

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Quick effort. The original font is a bit heavy though.
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:20 pm

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

thank you jamie/lee and george for all your help all sorted , thanks again shawn
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:54 pm

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

How did you sort it?

Be good to find out how to do it for the future.
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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:59 pm

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

hi daniel, not sure lee sent me file but got job done will let u know if work it out cheers
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Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:20 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Shawn
do you have flexisign its 2 steps in that if you do

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Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:02 am

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Hi Kev not got flexi, a mate told me it would be really easy in omega or flexi he has omega but his computer stopped working that it's on lol ( was for him) so We were trying to do in illustrator, Lee sorted it and sent file so was all good but would be good to know for future, cheers Kev hope alls well

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