Never used a help forum before, but with a looming deadline, I am very open to all the help I can get!

I am relatively inexperienced with Illustrator (most of my knowledge comes from searching up information on Youtube, and from trying to carry over knowledge of InDesign).

I am trying to apply a drop shadow to my shapes in the first image (I created them using pen tool and shape builder tool, just as I did for the second image's 'waves'), but am having trouble with the layering. In the second photo, I've achieved a consistent shadow, but when I try to apply the same effect to the first image (the foot shape that radiates outward), it appears as though one of the layers is under the middle layer. I cannot figure out how to undo this, whether I need to redo everything (which I already have, and it didn't change anything) or make the drop shadow apply to only one side... any help would be much appreciated!

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  • guessing.. it would appear that rather than having an actual shape for that middle she, you need to cut the shape out of the layer below it... So the light green/teal has a hole in it, as opposed to a shape on top of it. – Scott Feb 24 at 7:11
  • The drop shadows appear in layer stacking order. But seems like you have a compound path with a hole. Only way to be sure is by you showing a expanded view of your layers panel. (But by the time you do you have probably solved this allready since you now undertand how it works) – joojaa Feb 24 at 8:04
  • Thank you all! I'm not sure exactly what the problem was, but I believe that my rectangle around the border of the image had some anchor points deleted, so once I restored these I was able to successfully complete all the shapes and then just layer them by sending to back, etc. Thanks so much! – Annika B Feb 24 at 18:36

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