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Curved Shadow in Illustrator

Posted on 22nd February 2018
1 - In Illustrator create a “New Document”.

2 - Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool”, click on your “Artboard” and input a “With” of 150 mm, an 80 mm “Height” and 4.2333 mm for “Corner Radius” then click “OK”.

3 - Select your shape and in the upper menu choose “Align to Artboard” and then click the “Horizontal and Vertical Align Center” buttons respectively to center your rectangle.

4 - Give the shape a “Fill” color and No “Stroke”.

5 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (R), click inside your “Artboard” and use the same values for “With” and “Height” as before. Place your rectangle in the center and this time use black as “Fill” color.

6 - Go to the “Artboards” Panel and click in the “Effects” button at the bottom then go to Blur > Gaussian Blur and use a “Radius” of 10 Pixels.

7 - With your blurred rectangle still selected, go to the upper-right side of your menu and uncheck the “Constrain Width and Height Proportionally” button. Then subtract about 5 mm from the “Width” and “Height” values.

8 - In the “Effects” menu select Warp > Arch and apply an “Horizontal Bend” of 10%.

9 - Then, go to Blur > Radial Blur and use and “Amount” of 35 and check the “Zoom” and “Good” boxes.

10 - In the “Transparency” Panel lower the “Opacity” to 70%, move the shape about 20 clicks down and then right-click on top of your blurred rectangle and choose Arrange > Send to Back.

11 - Select the “Type Tool” (T) and type some text on your rectangle if you want. We used the Font Mistral.

12 - Select your rectangle, click on the “Gradient Tool” (G) and apply a “Radial” gradient similar to the one we used with the lighter color in the center and a darker shade just on the sides to give the shape some depth.

by @lornacane

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