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I have read several guides on how to achieve the Long Shadow effect using Illustrator, I tried both using the Transform Effect and Blend Modes, however I fail achieve it using both.

When I try using the Transform effect, I get all copies of the fill simply duplicated with no continuity, like so:

Long shadow with Transform effect

When I try using blend modes, here what I get: Long shadow with blend modes

An example of what I'm trying to achieve: Example of long shadow

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marked as duplicate by Matt, ckpepper02, e-sushi, DumbNic, KMSTR Dec 6 '13 at 9:16

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Could you please post an example image of what you are trying achieve? –  Vincent Dec 5 '13 at 15:18
I think for the Blend mode, you need to enter more steps in order for the shadow to be more gradual. –  ckpepper02 Dec 5 '13 at 15:41
possible duplicate of How would I replicate this long shadow image?. Also you could reference: How to make a graphic with long shadow? and if you search the forum for long shadow there are some good results. –  Matt Dec 5 '13 at 16:01
Illustrator is Illustrator on either platform. There's no difference in the application based on the OS. If something works in Windows AI, it works in Mac AI. –  Scott Dec 5 '13 at 18:35

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Instead of using the blend or transform tool, try making a single object and create a gradient on it:

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Yes, it's a nice workaround I know, but I prefered the other techniques since they're more accurate and dynamic I believe. –  user849278 Dec 6 '13 at 11:18
I don't see how they are accurate since they were't working. –  OghmaOsiris Dec 6 '13 at 19:16
As I stated in the original message, it does work on my mac. –  user849278 Dec 6 '13 at 19:33
This technique is good for simple shapes, but what if I want to use it for text? I would be creating a gradient for every word. –  user849278 Dec 7 '13 at 16:19
That's true. But you'd have to do that with anything you do. –  OghmaOsiris Dec 7 '13 at 17:50

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