Shadow below orb shape

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  1. dkgodfrey

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    I would like to recreate the shadow effect below an orb shape. It is the effect that makes the orb shape appear to be hovering above the surface. What shape is used to create the shadow?.

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  2. Mr Laughingbird

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    Hi DK.
    Try this.

    Create your oval first.
    Type an "o" (a lower case 'oh') into the text field.
    choose the "Shapes font" from the font menu. This will create an Oval.
    (there's a tutorial on the Shapes font here)

    Colorize it black. Set a blur on it.
    Then set the opacity to about 50 percent.

    You can even squash the oval (to make it a bit shorter) - but that's another tutorial. Try the above first.

    An easier way - of course - is to find an already created shadow.
    I think there's a shadow in the Corporate Objects. I'll have to look.

    Hope this helps!

    - Marc
     

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    Great tip Marc!
    I am including a transparent PNG image of a shadow with a little different prespective than the image in Marc's tutorial. Save the image to your PC, then import it into TLC. There will be no background once you save it and import it.
     
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    Thanks DR.

    Here's another trick:

    Grab any Orb from the Objects menu.
    Colorize it black. Set a Blur to it. Set the opacity to about 50%.

    Next, Choose "Export: More Export Options..." from the Export menu.

    Here, you can physically click and drag the Canvas! (see screen shot below).
    You can make your orb stretch like silly puddy.

    From here - export it as a "PNG with transparency" ... then Import it into your new design! (see shadow below).

    This also works pretty good for text! (need slim text? Fat text?).. try this technique.
     

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    Very Nice!
    Great Tip!
     
  6. dkgodfrey

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    Creating Shadow Effect

    Thanks for the great suggestions!

    You mentioned a tutorial on "squashing" a shape. Where is that one found?
     
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    Hi DK.

    The 2nd post (above) from me is the 'squashing' tutorial I was speaking about.
    Try it - you can 'squash' or stretch images with this trick!

    - Marc
     
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