I am working on a map that could benefit from having a drop shadow to highlight an area. I would like to create the effect as seen in the example attached.
I have used a technique before that is kinda clumsy, and does not have a very nice look. I used the same polygon, to create many layers, then using the line border at various offsets, and applied increasing degrees of transparencies. See attachment "not great".
I have ArcView, and just recently got the the Spatial Analyst extension.
I am pretty sure that I can use Spatial Analyst to do a better job of the drop shadow.
I am sure I could figure it out if i spend a few nights on this (and it would be very rewarding) , but it's summer and my deadline is fast approaching. Anybody can provide any insights/clues to help me along!
PS. I would really really like to do this all in ESRI format (not using AI or the likes for post-processing).
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