Shadows on Clipart Vector Files

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Creating shadows on clipart vector files is relatively easy using a good vector software. Some tools can generate pre-made shadows or you can simply create your own using a template of your character.

Shadows are important to add some credibility to your drawings! However, you don't need to take to account every source of light in your drawing! Just one nice shadow is enough to add realism to a cartoon picture! 

Let's see how to create great shadows using a simple vector tool in only a couple of seconds!

Note: This tutorial was made using Xara vector software. Some effects might not be available in your software.

Examples #1


In this image, I have used the shadow tool to create a simple effect to my characters. As you can see, it is relatively easy to move the shadow around and therefore change the source of the light.

Examples #2


Playing with the intensity of the shadow is also a good idea! Using a dark shadow will create a more dramatic effect! However, in some cases, it might also mean that your character will be harder to read!

The right leg of the mummy in the first image is not 100% visible! The third image is probably the one that has the best balance between readability and visibility!

Examples #3


A shadow is not always made of a perfect (and clear) outline! A shadow can be blurry or almost transparent on the edges! The first image is suggesting that only one source of light is available in the background while the fourth image can be the result of the character being surrounded by many lights!

Examples #4


Some shadow tools can also help you create an outline around your subject! It does look like a glowing effect more than a simple shadow one!

Examples #5


Finally, you can create a simple shadow effect on a virtual wall! Nothing too fancy or complicated! I hope you had fun creating clipart vector files with shadows! Good luck!

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