Text drop shadow or glow

May 28, 2013

Having trouble applying a drop shadow or glow effect to text (NOT the text box) that I am laying over an imgae.  There appears to be no way todo this in Storyline.  Help please.

28 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Welcome to E-Learning Heroes, Guy!

If you're not applying this effect to a text box, how are you placing the text over the image? Have you tried highlighting the text itself and applying the shadow (from the formatting menu - not the shape effects)? Try that and then preview the project. Does it show up now?

If you haven't already, you could try placing an object, or button over the image. Make the background and border for the object transparent.

You could also do this with a caption box - I believe the text applied is automatically shadowed. 

If you still have trouble with this, can you share a screenshot or the .STORY file? I'd be happy to take a look and see if I can help.

Thanks and welcome again!

Jake Hurt


I am having this issue too. There appears to be no way to apply glow effects to the actual text. Whereas in PPT when you highlight text you can click "Text Effects" to give the text itself shadows, glows etc. In Storyline is appears to only let you apply the effects to the text box itself, which isn't what we want to achieve.

Unless I am missing the options somewhere. (I know it still has shape effects, but that only applies the effects to the box)


Jake Hurt

Hi Ashley,

I have submitted this as a feature request, do we have an update on when it will be available?

It seems an odd thing to leave out as Storyline 2 generally has all other text and image effects/formatting options available.

Most of our library courses use text glow as it is great for showing text over the top of an image so we cannot move to Storyline until this is resolved. (the rework would be considerable!)

It's annoying as other than this and its inability to export to PPT Storyline 2 is almost perfect in every way!



James Washington

I'm a newbie here and scoured to find something on this subject after unsuccessfully trying to apply a hover glow over text and not the text box. I tend to use hover and glow features quite a bit. I agree with Jake that it seems an odd feature to leave out, considering the other ppt like options built into to S2.

Allen Way


Johnny come lately here. I'm a bit confused: we need to put in a feature request for a feature that is already there? I've selected either the text box or the text itself and both have the option of adding a shadow effect but neither works. Am I missing something?




Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Allen,

Never too late - that's why we keep all the threads live. As far as the feature mentioned here, I am not sure if you were running into the same issue. I just tested in Storyline 2 and I was able to add a shadow to the text by clicking the text box or highlighting the text itself. I did this using the Shadow icon on the "Font" tab vs. the "Format shape" set up as you showed that is for the shape itself, not the text within it.

If I'm misunderstanding can you share a bit more information or a copy of your .story file here with us to take a look at? You can attach it using the "Add Attachment" button at the bottom of the reply window. 

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Collin, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes. 😊

Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you see what has been reported to our team; adding shape effects to text boxes is only reflected in Preview/Published modes, not when editing the slide.

I wanted to share some information on how we define bugs and tackle them when they occur.

As Maria mentioned above, we will share updates with you here when we are able.