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The last thing I want to do with this daisy is create a shadow for it. We are not going to use a Drop Shadow effect, instead we are going to shear it which in another word for tilting it. Then we are going to move it back behind the daisy, fill it with black, drop the Opacity down and create a fairly possible shadow. We are also going to look at the Transform Palette rather than the Transform Menu.
The Transform Palette gives us one option that we don't have in the Transform Menu and it's one that we want to use here. To access the Transform Palette, go to the Window Menu and choose Transform. If necessary, drag it up into view and notice in the Transform Palette, you can change the X and Y coordinates, you can change the Width or the Height of your object, you can change the Rotation of your object and you can change the Shear of your object.
First thing we need to do is select our daisy, go ahead and click on it to select the daisy. We don't want to shear our daisy itself. What we want to do is create a copy of the daisy, shear that and then we can use that as the drop shadow. So what I would like you to do is go up to the Edit Menu and choose Copy. Let's paste this in front. Eventually, it's going to go on back but by pasting it in front, it makes it easier for us to work with it and it makes it easier for us to see it.
You could select any of the Shear options just by clicking the dropdown Shear menu. Clicking this menu let you choose negative shear angles or positive shear angles to tilt the object in one direction or another. Before we do this though, I want to point out the anchor point options here in the palette. On the far left hand side, there is a small facsimile of the bounding box surrounding the object. The one black square represents the current anchor point. It is the point from which you will be rotating or shearing your object.
Because this is going to be a shadow, we want to make sure we are shearing from the bottom of our object, not from the center. So what I would like you to do is click one time on the bottom center box and that changes the reference point with this next transformation. Now that you have done that, go back to the Shear menu and choose 20 degrees. Once we have sheared our object, let's go ahead and fill it with black, since we are going to make it into a shadow. Let's also change the Opacity down to about 30% or so, it doesn't have to be precise.
Finally, let's take this object and move it to the back. So go to the Object Menu, choose Arrange and choose Send to Back. Click to deselect and there is a reasonably convincing shadow for your daisy. If we want to create the illusion that our daisy is illuminated by two different light sources, we can take this shadow, reflect it, which basically creates a mirror image of it and then change the Opacity of that. So that it looks like we have one strong light source and one weaker light source.
To do this, we are going to select our shadow. There is no option in the Transform Palette to reflect. So we are going to have to go back to the Object Menu. In the Object Menu, select Transform and from the Transform submenu, select Reflect. In the Reflect dialog box you can choose what Axis you want the reflection on as well as previewing it or copying it. I am going to move this dialog box down a little bit, so that I can see my flower along with the dialog box options. Turning the Preview option on or off lets you see sort of a before and after picture. Let's go ahead and turn off the Preview, we can see that the shadow is going to the right. If I click on Preview, we can see that the shadow is going to the left.
That's fine, the angle is good, but I want to make sure I click the Copy button, so that my original shadow stays in place and I have a reflected copy of it. Go ahead and click on Copy. Now we want to take this new copy and move it to the left. We could press and drag or we can also use the Arrow keys, which is something we haven't done a lot of yet. Because we have Snap to Grid on, each press of the Left Arrow key is going to move my object 1/8 of an inch over because I have a grid that consists of squares 1/8 of an inch in size.
Once you have positioned the new shadow so that the bottom of the shadow matches the bottom of your flower, you can go up to the Opacity slider and drag that to the left a little bit, might be then to 15% or so, click to deselect and we now have our daisy illuminated by two different light sources.