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Chapter 5. Drawing > Drop Shadows

Drop Shadows

What is it about drop shadows? Does everyone want their page items to appear as if they are the highly mobile space battleship Nadesico, floating defiantly above the page? We’re not sure, but we do know that these ubiquitous two-dimensional impersonations of three-dimensional space are something no graphic designer will leave home without—at least until clients stop asking for them.

Any object on an InDesign page can have a drop shadow, and you can control the offset distance, color, transparency, and sharpness/blur of the shadow. Drop shadows come with many of the same cautions and warnings as transparency; used to excess, they can make a page difficult to print. Rather than repeat a rant here, we’ll simply direct you back to the section on Transparency, above, on the benefits and dangers of using transparent objects in your page layouts. In short: It’s OK, but use caution.


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