Draw Better and Faster with Illustrator CC
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Creating an engraved drop shadow


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Video: Creating an engraved drop shadow

In this final movie, we're going to bend those blended horizontal lines in the background. And, we're also going to create this fairly remarkable drop shadow that actually integrates into the engraving lines. I'll go ahead and switch over to the last seen version of this document. And I'll zoom out, a little bit as well, and I'll select the top horizontal line here. The one just above the art board, and then I'll press the P key to switch to my Pen tool. And I'll go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and I'll hover over the center of that line, like so.
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Illustrator CC does something that few updates to the program have done: It promises to change the fundamental way that you draw. Yes, there was the Pen tool in Illustrator 1, Pathfinder operations in Illustrator 5, and dynamic effects in Illustrator 9. But Illustrator CC changes the entire nature of the game. Deke's not exaggerating; the things he's about to show you are that big. Learn about the "new" Pencil tool, on-the-fly corner rounding, and freeform curve bending. 3 features in 3 short chapters that will change the way you see Illustrator. Then Deke shows how to combine them all in a real-world Illustrator project that proves his thesis: drawing has never been faster, better, or easier than this.

Topics include:
  • Drawing effortless arcs, paths, and lines with the Pen tool
  • Selectively and dynamically rounding corners
  • Drawing complex shapes with round corners
  • Bending segments with the Pen tool
  • Beveling and enhancing artwork
  • Drawing multiple lines at the same time
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Creating an engraved drop shadow

In this final movie, we're going to bend those blended horizontal lines in the background. And, we're also going to create this fairly remarkable drop shadow that actually integrates into the engraving lines. I'll go ahead and switch over to the last seen version of this document. And I'll zoom out, a little bit as well, and I'll select the top horizontal line here. The one just above the art board, and then I'll press the P key to switch to my Pen tool. And I'll go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and I'll hover over the center of that line, like so.

So that I'm seeing my black arrowhead with a little arc next to it. And I'll drag up quite a bit in order to bend it. And you can see, because we're working with one of Illustrator's first dynamic effects, introduced in Illustrator 88, all of the horizontal lines update in kind. Alright, now I'm going to Ctrl+Click or Cmd+Click on the Mac on this bottom horizontal line. The one below the art board, and I'll release the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on the Mac. And then I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac.

And I'll position my cursor over the center of that horizontal line, and I'll drag down considerably, like so. And we end up with this blend, that appears to bow out. So all of the horizontal lines are essentially bulging away from the back ground. Now press control zero or command zero on the Mac, in or to zoom in and I'll press the V key in order to switch to my black arrow tool. And I'll click on the outline of the ampersand to select it. Alright now I wannna create a hard edge drop shadow.

And I'll do so by going up to the effects menu. Choosing stylised and choosing the drop shadow command. And if you turn on the preview text box you'll see that by default you end up with a very soft drop shadow like so. That is nothing like what I want. So I'll go ahead and start things off by reducing the blur value to zero points and then I'll crank the opacity value up to 100%. And I get this very hard black shadow. Which is still not what I want, but it's a good start. Now I'll change the x offset value to negative 15, and I'll take the y offset value down to five points, and those were just a couple of values that I thought looked good.

The key ingredient to integrating this drop shadow into the green line engraving background is to change the mode from Multiply to Overlay and we end up with this effect here, which still isn't quite what I want. But I'm going to go ahead and click OK, because there's nothing more we can do inside this dialogue box. Notice, if I zoom on in, that we do have a kind of weird integration going on. So, the area that was previously white is turning entirely black and the various greens are lighting up in different colors.

We need those areas of black to turn bright. And the only way to do that is to cover that white area with an actual shape. Instead of it being blank or artboard, it needs to be some color. Whether it's white or something else. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+zero, Cmd+zero on the Mac, to zoom out here. And I'm going to click on the green lines layer to make it active. And I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Cmd+Shift+A on the Mac, in order to deselect my art work. Now I'll go up to the View menu and choose the Smart guides command in order to turn it on.

And then I'll select my rectangle tool from the shape tool fly out menu. I'll position my cursor there at the top left corner of the art board so I see the word intersect in green against the green background, it's a little hard to make out. And now I'll drag all the way down to the lower right corner until I snap into alignment with it and I see the word intersect once again, and then I'll release. And in my case, I create a big black shape. Obviously that's not what I want. Make sure the stroke is set to None, by the way. And then, in my case I'm going to shift click on that black swatch right there at the beginning of the Control Panel.

I still have my HSV values, so I'm going to change the H value to 75, it's already 75. But I'll just go ahead and dial it in, just in case. And I want the saturation value to be 15%, it kind of already was. But, we do have a problem with the brightness value, which needs to be 100%. And, notice that we have an almost shade of white. So it's not quite white but it's very nearly white. And now, I'll go ahead and send that shape to the back of the layer by right clicking anywhere inside of it, and then you choose arrange, then you choose send to back.

We've got that keyboard shortcut, which I use all the time, by the way, which is Ctrl+Shift or Cmd+Shift on the Mac. Works on Photoshop as well, so it's a good command to memorize. And notice what we have here. We'll go ahead and zoom back in. And you can see that we now have this wonderful integration I'm going to press Ctrl+U or Cmd+U on the Mac, to turn off the smart guides so things stop flashing on screen. But I want you to see that we have this wonderful integration of the drop shadow along with that green engraving pattern, so if I press the backspace key to get rid of that rectangle I just created.

This is what we had before, and if I press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac to bring back that rectangle, that is the remarkable effect that we have now. Alright I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Cmd+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect my art work. And friends, that ends my examination of the new ways to draw better and more quickly inside of Illustrator CC.

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