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Chapter 12. Text Special Effects > Creating Drop Shadows

Creating Drop Shadows

Shadows give the impression of three dimensionality. There are many ways to create drop shadows with CorelDraw 10. The first method described here uses duplication to make shadows. The second method uses the Interactive Drop Shadow Tool.

To create text shadows via duplication:

1.
Create some artistic text and format it with your favorite font.

2.
Select the text object with the Pick Tool.

3.
Make a copy of the text by choosing Edit > Duplicate or pressing .

A duplicate appears, above and to the right of the original text object.

4.
Change the color of the original text object by selecting it and left-clicking a color well in the color palette (Figure 12.9).

Figure 12.9. Duplicate the text and change the color of the original text to make it the shadow.


Light gray is a good choice since this text will become the shadow.

5.
Select the duplicate and drag so that it is slightly offset from the original (Figure 12.10).

Figure 12.10. Drag the duplicate onto the original, offsetting it slightly to create the shadow effect.


The amount and direction of the offset depend on the lighting effect you want to emulate.


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