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Separating an object from it's drop shadow in Indesign

Jun 12, 2013 5:51 AM

How do you separate an object from it's drop shadow in Indesign? Silly question, but can't seem to do it.


 
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:54 AM   in reply to designco-yyc

    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.

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:55 AM   in reply to Steve Werner

    Surely something like this could be scripted though? Those scripters are prettty nifty!

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:55 AM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    Or a script to create a drop shadow by creating and object underneath it and offsetting it appropriately.

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 6:06 AM   in reply to designco-yyc

    So we can help you, tell us what you're trying to do. What would be the purpose of separating an object and its shadow?

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 6:19 AM   in reply to designco-yyc

    You might get away with copying the object and pasting in place to make a stack, then change the shadow on each one.

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 7:27 AM   in reply to designco-yyc

    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.

     
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