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Illustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Add a Long Shadow to Any Icon Using the Blend Tool

This post is part of a series called 60 Second Video Tutorials.
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Create a Long Shadow with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Illustrator in 60 Seconds: Create a Long Shadow

In today's video, I'll show you how easy it is to add a Long Shadow to any icon, using the versatile Blend Tool.

So if you want to create these sort of shadows but you don't know how, this video should have you covered.

How to Create a Long Shadow Using the Blend Tool

First, zoom in on your icon and start selecting the main composing shapes we'll use to create a bare bone copy. Making sure to Group them afterwards.

Select and Group the Main Shapes

Once you have your copy, select it and create another one by dragging it towards the lower right corner while holding down the Alt and Shift keys.

Create another Copy of the Shapes

With both copies in place, select them and then go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, and just use Specified Steps as your Spacing Method.

Working with the Specified Steps Spacing Method in Illustrator

Once you're done, hit OK, and then go to Object > Blend and click on Make in order to create a blend. Turn the blend into a shadow by changing its color to black.

Using Object Blend to Create a Long Shadow

Then lower its Opacity, making sure to Send it Backward in the arrangement.

Send Backward for Long Shadows

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

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60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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