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Want better-looking drop shadows? Normal drop shadows are cool, but they’re too pure, especially when printed. You’ll get a much more natural drop shadow if you increase the Noise value in the Drop Shadow dialog box a little—you only need 5 or 6 percent to help. That adds a little randomness to the pixels as the shadow fades.

InDesign drop shadow with noise

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