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Using Adobe Illustrator CS3 I usually create a simplest drop shadow by duplicating duplicating the object, moving to background, changing the background color and shifting by few pixels.

This works fine in simplest cases, but the drawback is that I have two copies of this object which I have to maintain.

How to create such effect and have the objects always up to date?
(e.g. Create text, add a blue copy shifted by few pixels, then when I change the text, I want to have both of the copies at one time).

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You can do that with drop shadow

Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow..

Just make sure that blur is 0px

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Can be later on controlled from Appearance window

Window > Appearance

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Looks like this option is not present in CS3. – takeshin Nov 8 '11 at 11:53
@takeshin It is. Took that screenshot from cs3… – Joonas Nov 8 '11 at 11:56
You're right. I looked at Photoshop filters menu, my bad. – takeshin Nov 8 '11 at 12:26
@takeshin :) Well, just in case you are not aware. Same thing does apply in photoshop, though it can be found in Blending options… – Joonas Nov 8 '11 at 12:30
Thanks. In Photoshop smart objects are very helpul too. – takeshin Nov 8 '11 at 12:33

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