How To Add Drop Shadow In Indesign

While creating any form of publication, there may be parts of the text that you want to highlight, and drop shadow fulfills that purpose pretty well. A drop shadow adds another dimension to the text by casting a shadow on it; this way, you can distinguish whichever text lines you want to highlight. So how do we add that drop shadow in Indesign? 

We can add drop shadow in InDesign in two ways after locating the effects tab in the InDesign tools interface. We can either do this by pressing the fx button directly, which is located at the bottom of the effects panel, or we can use the selection button for the text and then go to the effects panel and use drop shadow. 

If you want to find out what is the whole process of adding this drop shadow to your work, we are here to help you! This article will guide you through adding a drop shadow on either any text or object you like in your InDesign file. 

Adding A Drop Shadow

A drop shadow gives the chosen text or object a 3D touch and distinguishes it by casting a light shadow on it. Adding a drop shadow in the right amount without overusing it can make your work look more appealing, but as we said, try not to overuse it; the text can become too complicated to read and less appealing. You can use the following steps to add it:

  1. Go to the toolbox and use the selection tool.
  2. Using the selection tool, you can select the object or text frame of the text on which you want to add the drop shadow.
  3. You can now open the effects panel by selecting “Windows” and selecting “Effects”.
  4. At this point, you can take either of the two routes to add a drop shadow. You can click the “fx” button at the bottom of the Effects panel, or you can click the “selection” option and click on drop shadow after going to the “Effects” option. 
  5. Alternatively, you can also click Ctrl+Alt+M to select drop shadow.
  6. It will then open up the Drop shadow effects dialogue box, where you can use the drop shadow options to customize the effects while casting that shadow.
  7. You can use the blending option under the menu’s blending section and add its effects according to what suits your text.
  8. You can also change the color of the shadow through the color menu box. 
  9. The opacity of that shadow can be changed by adjusting the “opacity” option to your desired transparency settings. 
  10. You can change the size and type of your shadow under the “options” menu for more changes.
  11. Once you are done, click “Ok,” and the drop shadow will be added to your object or text. 

Final Words

Adding a drop shadow in Indesign is one of this software’s many features. It is actually quite easy and helps make your work more appealing to read. 

Just follow the instructions, and you’ll be adding shadows to your art in no time!