I want to increase the size of the drop shadow that I am adding. In the case of Photoshop, I could change the size of the drop shadow by using the size option (and varying the spread) under Drop Shadow in Blending Options. How to do that in Illustrator.

For Example:Image for Drop Shadow Question

I want to increase the size of the drop shadow here, changing the x and the y offset has not the same effect.

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You change the Effect.

If it's visible in the Appearance Panel, click it. You can then change the settings....

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Opacity, X, and Y offset should be self-explanatory. The Blur setting controls the overall size.

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    this does not change the size of the shadow. if you increase the blur, the shadow grows, yes, but it also gets weaker. there should be another setting to scale the absolute size of the drop shadow. Oct 30, 2018 at 13:19
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    @w.stoettinger you are referring to the spread as it's used in Photoshop. Illustrator has no such option anywhere. However, there are much better methods to create shadows in AI other than the horribly outdated raster effects.
    – Scott
    Oct 30, 2018 at 15:50
  • @Scott can you also tell how then? Dec 20, 2018 at 9:24
  • @ZeynepAcarlı Gradients, meshes, or Effect > Stylize > Feather. These are vector-based rather than the raster-based Drop Shadow effect.
    – Scott
    Dec 20, 2018 at 18:03

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