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.
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.
With both copies in place, select them and then go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, and just use Specified Steps as your Spacing Method.
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.
Then lower its Opacity, making sure to Send it Backward in the arrangement.
Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
A Bit More Detail
Want to learn more about Adobe Illustrator's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:
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- Adobe IllustratorHow to Create Pixel-Perfect Artwork Using Adobe IllustratorAndrei Stefan
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!