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I am creating an icon and to apply shadow I am using the method to create similar overlapping layer, shifting one layer a little bit, selecting both of them and using the Minus Front error. For the background rectangle this method worked like a charm. But for a png I imported, the command give me an error saying "The filter produced no results. Please select two intersecting paths." Why is this happening and how to solve this ? enter image description here

If anything else needs to be included please do tell. I am following this tutorial.

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    A linked entity is not a path – joojaa Jun 15 '17 at 10:15
  • I want to use an external object (the face) in the icon and use minus front and the blend command (even blend is not working). How can I do this ? – iammrmehul Jun 15 '17 at 10:29
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    you can not use minus front on external objects. Its not a question of want. – joojaa Jun 15 '17 at 10:36
  • so how do I get the shadow, tint and elongated shadow on external object ? – iammrmehul Jun 15 '17 at 10:43
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    Possible duplicate of Why is Illustrator's minus front not working? – Luciano Jun 15 '17 at 11:59
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The Minus Front function only works on paths. This is the same for all of the Pathfinder functions, hence the name.

In order to apply Pathfinder functions to a design that starts of as an image, as in this case, you first need to convert the design to paths. There are a couple of different ways to do this. You could look into using the Image Trace functionality in Illustrator or you might find that it's better to just redraw the item in question. The route that you take will depend on the complexity of the artwork in question and how skilled you are at drawing in Illustrator.

In either case, once you have paths, you can use the Pathfinder. However, the method that you are using will only work on one shape (or pair of shapes) at a time so you will have to deconstruct the design and apply the shadow effect individually for each part that you want to apply the effect to.

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