How do you separate an object from it's drop shadow in Indesign? Silly question, but can't seem to do it.
Because a drop shadow is an EFFECT and not an object, it can't be separated. An effect is tied to the object it's modifying.
Create them as separate objects in InDesign, or import them from another application.
Thank you. I understand importing from another application, but creating it as a separate object by using tints and transparencies?
Otherwise, how is it accomplished without using the effect in Indesign?
I know nothing about scripting unfortunately.
You can apply a shadow to 3 things
1 - the object itself which is the text frame - so a text frame with no fill colour will show the shadow of the text
2- the stroke of an object - but sadly not to text that has stroke applied - you need to outline your fonts to get this work
3 - apply a drop shadow the text itself - but if you've created outlines this option won't be available.
My recomendation is to make a text frame with no fill and insert the text - you can then apply the Drop Shadow to the Object (which is the Frame) and to the Text - which can be independently controlled of each other.