Text shadow revisited

Jul 16, 2017

I need to add shadow to some light text over images. The "shadow" option in the text formatting does not provide a sufficiently distinct shadow. So i used the following procedure:

Highlight the text > Format > Shape Effect > Shadow > pick a shadow, Select Shadow Effect again > Shadow > Options > set the transparency to 20%, blur to 3 and offset to 2 pixel. Then  Preview > This Slide

Tedious, but it works.

But the format painter won't copy that attribute, so for each one of my several hundred texts I need to redo this ?

Any wizardry I missed ?

20 Replies
Philippe JEANTY

Thanks Crystal, I should have been more clear! Instead of saying

Highlight the text

I should have said

Highlight the text WITHIN THE TEXT BOX

In your example, if you remove the box and background of "sleepy tiger" and want "sleepy tiger" to cast a shadow of the background tiger, I only know the procedure above. But I have not been able to FORMAT PAINT to the other label TEST TEST in your example. 

Can you look this over ? thanks

Alyssa Gomez

Ah, great question! The preset shadow settings are selected by default, and there isn't a way to change those default settings. I can definitely see how that would be a handy improvement and an excellent candidate for a feature request!

In the meantime, can you use Format Painter before setting other attributes like superscript, font color, or alignment?

Annie Louden


I'm going through tutorials for Storyline 360, and the format painter isn't working for me. I viewed the screen recording you linked to in your comment above. But, when I click on a button, then click Format Painter, then click on another button, nothing is happening. I'm following this tutorial: https://community.articulate.com/series/107/articles/articulate-storyline-360-tutorial-how-to-create-your-first-slide#5

Lauren Connelly

Hi Mary-Scott!

Oh no, let's figure this out together!

This scenario occurs when there is a corrupted element in the project. Not to worry, it's usually a quick fix!

I'll need to take a look at the course. You can send the .story file to me using this link. After I receive it, I'll take a look at it and share my findings!

Mary-Scott Hunter

Thank you very much for responding! Attached is the file. In the meantime, I recreated the slide I was having problems with, removed the formatting, but now my Next and Back button are rendering with the wrong text. You can see it all on Slide 2 of Scene 1.

Appreciate your help!

Mary-Scott Hunter

Some more information.  I've reinstalled Storyline.  Then I also tried rebuilding the file.  But still exhibiting the same problems.  What finally has temporarily solved the problem for me is if I switch from font from the Title "Introduction" to a more standard font (from JanieHmk to Arial).  Then my buttons render correctly.  Still need help though, as the client standard is to use JanieHMK for headings.  Appreciate any help.  Also attaching a before and after screenshot so you can see.