How to create a Text Drop Shadow using InDesign

How to create a Text Drop Shadow using InDesign

Text with Drop shadow

  • Create your text or headline using the Text tool.
  • Select the text with the Selection tool.

InDesign CS5, CS4 and CS3

  • Open the Drop Shadow dialog box:
    • Select Object > Effects > Drop Shadow (Win:Ctrl+Alt+M, Mac:Comand+Option+M) or
    • Use the Effects panel and choose Effects > Drop Shadow from the panel menu
    • Drop Shadow buttonOr use the Drop Shadow button on the Control palette.
  • Click the Preview check box to see the changes take place.

Drop Shadow dialog box

  • Choose a blending Mode: such as Multiply.
  • Enter the Opacity amount.
  • Enter the X Offset.
  • Enter the Y Offset.
  • Change the Angle, if needed
  • Enter a Size (Options section), to change the blur amount.
  • Click on the color chip between Mode and Opacity if the shadow will be a color other than Black.
    • Only use a color for the drop shadow if the page will print in four-color. Check with your Herff Jones Sales Representative about the use of color in your yearbook.
  • Experiment with the settings to get different shadow effects.
  • Click OK

InDesign CS2 and CS

  • Select Object > Drop Shadow (Win:Ctrl+Alt+M, Mac:Comand+Option+M).
  • Click the Drop Shadow check box.
  • Click the Preview check box to see the changes take place.

InDesign - Drop shadow dialog box

  • Choose a blending Mode: such as Multiply.
  • Enter the Opacity amount.
  • Enter the X Offset.
  • Enter the Y Offset.
  • Enter the Blur distance.
  • Choose a color from the Color: menu if the shadow will be a color other than Black.
    • Only use a color for the drop shadow if the page will print in four-color. Check with your Herff Jones Sales Representative about the use of color in your yearbook.
  • Experiment with the settings to get different shadow effects.
  • Click OK.

Text with Blue shadow

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