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The reason why I'm using vector is to decrease the size of the file. When I add drop shadow to elements I have 2 ways of exporting

  1. Embed
  2. Link

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When I select Embed, the file size increases a lot. When I select link it exports a separate png file.

What I want to do is create shadow on my element without having the extra pixel cost.

How can I do this?

You can check out my file here

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    You can not use the "drop shadow" effect within Illustrator if you wish to avoid pixels. Create your shadows manually with gradients/gradient meshes. – Scott Nov 26 '19 at 8:21

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