illustrator newb: what about flattened blur effect?

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ranplett
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Posted Thu Jul 28, 2005 3:40PM
I have just had an illo turned down becuase of a 'dropshadow' even though it is only a blurred shape.

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I believe EPS v.8 just creates a rasterized shape out of it. Is that ok?

The reason why I ask is that it seems ok, and the rejection notice says:

the only problem is, drop shadows aren't AI8 compatible. Would you mind removing the shadow and resubmitting? Everything else looks great.

Is the inspector confusing a blurred shape with a drop shadow?

I think the drop shadow is neccessary fo rthe image to work well.

thanks!
haibeiren
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Posted Thu Jul 28, 2005 4:28PM
I believe if you are uploading for the vector illustration category, the file should not include any raster elements. If the raster elements are too important to the piece to be omitted, you probably should flatten the whole thing and upload it as a raster file.

For this specific image, you can actually create those "blurs" as gradients.
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Posted Thu Jul 28, 2005 4:58PM
If you've checked your AI8 EPS file very carefully in outline mode, and none of the examples shown in this thread are visible in your file (no extra box shapes), then send your file to scout[at]istockphoto.com along with your rejection comment to have the file re-examined

Also, keep in mind, some people might want to place your file on a colored background, and shadows can hinder this if the designer doesn't have access to vector editing software.

Nice work, BTW!
PINNERZdotCOMCLOSEDB
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Posted Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:19PM
I feel your pain man. I have had this problem also. I found the only thing you can safely use for shadows and stuff is the mesh tool. Lets just hope that they soon make the minimum file type ill/9 eps. then we can use some of the cool effects
closed373788
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Posted Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:22PM
I hate raster effects in Illustrator. They are far more trouble than they are worth. I think it's a good thing that they aren't approved.
ranplett
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Posted Thu Jul 28, 2005 10:56PM
Thnaks guys, I looked into the file, and the EPS8 version did create a clipping mask around his feet. But it still seemed legit.

I re-uploaded it while leaving the shadow in the AI9 file, but removing it in the EPS8 file. I hope that is ok.

Normally I don't like anything raster in my vector drawings. But I've seen some very nice logos that use raster images and they can get away with it. In this case, a blurred shadow benefits the composition and is highly scalable because of the inherent soft edges.
Zuki
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Posted Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:20AM
ranplet,

Why not create a gradient? It seems that the type of blur you are using in this image would be easily attainable with a gradient effect.

I try to keep my Ills as simple as possible and personally prefer solid shadows as opposed to blurs since they are closer to what you'd see naturally, but hey, to each his own.
ranplett
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Posted Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:20PM
Thanks, Zuki, I agree, the simpler the shape, the better! I'm not sure how to make that blur into a gradient. I always thought it had to be done with a mesh or something.

PS: awesome portfolio! I hope the new pricing structure has worked in your favor?

(Edited on 2005-07-29 12:29:01 by ranplett)
Zuki
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Posted Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:31AM
ranplett,

I was not thinking, what I meant was a blend and not a gradient. I have an older version of Illustrator and the term is blend, you would create two shapes one white and the other Grey and you would blend the two so that there are transitional shapes between them thus creating a gradient effect.

The price increase so far has worked out well for me, this past Month I have had the least number of downloads and yet it has been my most profitable Month ever, I hope it continues.
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