Illustrator Inner shadows

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  1. James Bryant James Bryant

    In response to a question from Valery Sibikovsky on Quora.

    This is how I tackle the lack of inner shadows in Illustrator. A few things to note -

    Using the pathfinder tool I've created a subtracted shape using the exact same shapes but with an offset and transform effect applied to make sure the object bounds stay the same. This ensures that you can accurately resize the grouped object without scaling issues.

    Set document raster effect settings to 300dpi even when outputting to 72dpi. The ensures smoother blurring with even more control than Photoshop, values are not the same however. 1px PS blur does not equal 1px AI blur.

    Over the past couple of months I've reduced the amount of layers necessary to what I think is the bare minimum. Would love to see a rebound of someone else's solution. I've attached the AI file if you wish to take a peak.

    over 1 year ago

  2. This is simpler way to make inner shadow in Illustrator. It takes two (without stroke) or three (with stroke) objects including clipping mask.

    Document Raster Effects resolution should be 144 ppi.

    Here is the file:

    I also know cleaner method only with Appearance panel but it is not so flexible.

    over 1 year ago

  3. If you stack a transparent stroke on top of an offset blurred stroke, you can achieve a pretty spiffy Inner shadow effect if you enable "Knockout group" on the object level in the appearance panel.

    See the full image for a view of the actual appearance panel.

    Extra tweaking can be done by adding a live "offset path" filter to the shadow-stroke.

    *edit* now with the proper screenshot-attachment, fully expanded layer style! *edit*

    over 1 year ago

  4. Herman van Boeijen Herman van Boeijen

    This uses a single style, and only the base shape.

    over 1 year ago

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