How to Add a Shadow to Objects in Illustrator

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Adding a shadow to objects in Illustrator is a great way to give your image more depth. Learn how to add a shadow to objects in Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio, and today I'm going to show you how to draw a shadow with Illustrator. So, I've drawn out my shape and the first thing I'm actually going to do is make sure that I've two different layers. So, you're going to want to make sure that you have an extra layer so that you're going to have, it's going to look something like that. And once you've drawn your shape, just go ahead and click right next to the trashcan, just click that ad layer and put it below it. And then, you're going to go ahead and go back to your ellipse tool, if you're using an ellipse. It doesn't really matter, but you're going to want to stay true to the shape that you're using. And the second thing you want to do is make sure you know where your light is coming from. So, suppose my light is coming from, you can draw little line to remind you. So, if it's coming from there, your shadow will probably be right here. And you can move this so that it's right beneath it and just pick a color that looks gray shadowy, I supposed that's a good one. Make sure it's actually on the bottom layer. Okay. So, then, what you're going to do is you're going to click this shape and you're going to go to effect ad blur it and you can do a Gaussian blur if you want and this will just make your shadow look more realistic. And there you are, that's your shadow. My name is Alex and this is how you add a shadow to something in Illustrator. Thank you.

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