I have created a logo using two crossed keys. It is a simple matter to add a drop shadow ...but... because one key is resting at an angle atop the other, the upper key needs a shadow that is further away and less dense at the top and close without too much spread at the lower end where it would be touching the table to give the appearance of being on an angle. The shadow also needs to jog up close again where that key is resting on the bottom key. Additionally the client wants to be able to use the entire image on different backgrounds such as wood, stone, concrete etc., so the finished image needs to be on a transparent background. This feels impossible. I have tried several tutorials - all end up with solid backgrounds and none allow for the angled shadow of the top key. Help?
I am not sure how you could do it in illustrator - I tried to find help with tha, but it appears you cannot have a shadow on a transparent object. (In the old days you could delete the object and keep the shadow) The keys I discussed above are photographic, not vectors. I should have attached a photo--I'm sure that would have made it clearer. I did finally find a good tutorial which allows me to create a distorted shadow to create the illusion of space at one end and touching at the other - it even fades out and blurs more as it becomes further from the surface. If anyone else is having this issue to http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/cast-shadow/ Thanks for the input.