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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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.
    – Rami
    Dec 6, 2013 at 11:18
  • I don't see how they are accurate since they were't working. Dec 6, 2013 at 19:16
  • As I stated in the original message, it does work on my mac.
    – Rami
    Dec 6, 2013 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.
    – Rami
    Dec 7, 2013 at 16:19
  • That's true. But you'd have to do that with anything you do. Dec 7, 2013 at 17:50

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