Easy: Add a Cast Shadow to Text

by Larry Jordan

All it takes is changing one setting…

cast shadow. : a shadow cast by an object or figure in a painting or other picture.

Text, filled with a gradient, with a cast shadow effect applied.

You can add a cast shadow to any clip, however it is most effective with text. Here’s how to create it.

In my example, I created a text clip and filled it with a gradient. (The color settings are in the Text Inspector > Face.)

  • Select the text clip.
  • Go to the Effects browser > Stylize and apply the Drop Shadoweffect.
  • In the Video Inspector, change the drop shadow settings from Classic Drop Shadow to Perspective Back.
  • Finally, using the onscreen controls, tweak the shadow position and settings so it best matches your scene.


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