Adobe InDesign CC - Drop Shadows

Drop shadows are a great way to make an object stand out and can give a sense of depth to the object. However, care must be taken not to overuse them else, the document can look too gaudy.

There are two ways to implement drop shadows in InDesign.

Using the Default Drop Shadow Function

There is a direct and easy way to create a drop shadow in InDesign. Just go to the Control Panel and click the Drop Shadow icon. This will instantly create a drop shadow for the object under selection.

Create Drop Shadow

You will see that a drop shadow has been applied to the image. If you notice carefully, there is a fx written beside the object in the Effects panel (circled in red).

You can double-click the fx icon to gain more control over the drop shadow which we will see next. Hovering over the fx icon gives a tooltip that tells you the effect applied to the object.

More Drop Shadow Settings

Double-clicking the fx icon opens up a dialog box to further fine tune the shadow characteristics.

Drop Shadow Settings

Here, you can change various parameters such as the spread, angle, and offset of the shadow. You can also add a custom color to the shadow.

It is always a good idea to add some noise to the shadow (about 3-5%) to make it look more natural.

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