how to make inner shadows on objects?


I'm trying to make some real life shadows of depth on some designs. I've attached some examples of another artist's works that illustrate the effect I'm trying to achieve in Illustrator CS6

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Okay Guys here's what I tested. I did a simple square example as it's easiest to illustrate.

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I was able to manually make the shadow effect. Even enlarging it's distance of shadow as I 'went down' into the design.

*My question is for anyone is how can I keep the shadow effect, as it's own shape/vector? I know I could trace the shadows, but wanted to know if there is a way (for more difficult shadows) to have the shadow as it's own vector shape?

12/3/2015 7:12:00 PM

I made a quick test with 10 minutes of my time and this is what I get:

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Image 1: first test. Texture by Stephen Gilbert.

Here's what I did:

  1. took a paper texture.
  2. put a multiply layer on top for color.
  3. Made a clipping mask in the shape of a hole.
  4. Copied steps 1-3 behind.
    1. Released Clipping mask
    2. Offset it and then nudged it to side.
    3. Reapplied mask.
  5. Repeated step 4 a few times.
  6. For shadows I took one layer
    1. Then filled it black
    2. Dropped opacity
    3. Applied a blur
    4. Offset it.
  7. for final touch up I added a dark layer in same style below each one for thickness.

You could do MUCH better this was my first attempt after all. Colors and textures could certainly be better.

12/3/2015 7:17:00 PM