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New Contest! The Case of the Inexplicable Drop Shadow

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Here’s the scenario: 

You open up an InDesign layout containing a placed image of a poster. The image has a drop shadow that you’d like to adjust.

But when you select the image with the Selection tool and look in the Effects panel, no drop shadow effect is listed.

Nor is there any drop shadow in the image file.

The image is a simple JPEG, placed by itself into a regular rectangular image frame, alone on the page.

Where is this drop shadow coming from?

This month’s prize is full access for 3 months to the video archives for PePCon 2016 or the CreativePro Conference (up to $495 value!).

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before April 19, 2017

Enter now by emailing your solution to mike at

Note: Comments are closed on this post so no one gives away the answer. Good luck!

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of courses on InDesign and Illustrator. Husband. Dad. Dog walker.
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