How to Create Better Block Shadows in Illustrator

In this Illustrator how-to video, Dave Clayton shows off a third-party tool for creating long block shadows in Illustrator. Using the Block Shadow add-on from Astute Graphics, he creates the effect quicker that using the built-in tools and ends up with cleaner, more streamlined finished artwork.

This is a preview of Dave’s upcoming session at The Adobe Illustrator Summit, coming to a device near you September 22–23, 2022. This two-day online event will help you create better, produce faster, and finish more accurately. See the agenda and register now.

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The Adobe Illustrator Summit, the essential HOW-TO event to help you create better, produce faster, and finish more accurately, is now available on-demand!

This two-day deep dive covers everything from Illustrator power tips to making art look organic; from data visualization to patterns; from icons and logos to 3rd party add-ons, and much more.

Level up your skills with 12 essential HOW-TO sessions, live Q&A with the experts, community networking, and in-depth speaker handouts and downloadables. Plus, you’ll have on-demand access to all the session and Q&A recordings for a full year.

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Dave Clayton is a UK-based designer, Adobe MAX and Lightbox instructor, and author of How Do I Do That In InDesign, published by Rocky Nook. He’s also the cohost of the He Shoots, He Draws podcast with photographer/author Alan Hess. Dave also loves collecting design books, amassing a library of over 400 inspirational titles.