Trying To Merge An Object And Text In Illustrator CS5


Another newbie question in Illustrator that I can't find on Google.

I have a object made up of a bunch of different elements. Then I overlaid text on top of it (the text hangs off the edges of the object). Now I want to put a drop shadow on the entire logo but when I do it obviously puts a drop shadow behind the object AND behind the text. I want it to all be treated as one big object so there is no drop shadow on the text that is on top of the object.

When I rasterize, it loses significan quality (as I presumed). When I try to unite, it doesn't actually unite them at all (it just gets rid of my Extrude & Bevel on the object). When I try to merge, the elements of the object go out of order and become one solid object, losing it's coloring.

I'm hoping this doesn't sound too confusing. Basically I'm just trying to merge an object and overlain text into one solid object. Thanks.


Here are pertinent photos.

The "Object":

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The Elements of the Object: The Elements Of The Object

As you can see, there is a shadow behind the text (I just want it behind the object as a whole): enter image description here

When I try to merge it flattens the object (gets rid of the effects): enter image description here

When I try to unite it messes up the object: enter image description here

2/13/2012 7:50:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Don't Merge the two objects.

Remove the drop shadow from both objects.

Place the stars and text how you want them.

Select both and Group (Object > Group)

Then apply the drop shadow to the group.

(Logos shouldn't really contain drop shadows, but that's another discussion.)

2/13/2012 8:09:00 PM