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I'm trying to replicate a chain link effect on these 4 rackets and I wanted to add some depth by adding shadows on the intersection.

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This is a rough idea of what I wanted to create. I did this using a shape that I applied a gradient from black to white and set the transparency to multiply. The issue is that all these paths make a mess using the shape builder tool to cut out the shapes that will form the shadow.

Any ideas how can I go about this one?

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  • Split it into pieces.
    – joojaa
    Jul 25 at 23:52
  • But the idea is advanced. Kill four flies (not only two) with one hit.
    – user287001
    Jul 26 at 8:50