Adobe Indesign CS6. Take a look on this image: anchored object nested shadow

How to remove shadow under blue shape? I can't clear effects on this object: enter image description here

  • I'm not sure you can because it's a text frame with the effect applied to it. You could create a yellow box with drop shadow, add a text frame above the yellow box, then anchor the blue to that text frame. I think because you're styling the text frame you are restricted to all anchors also being styled. (now deleted answer was for groups, not anchored objects).
    – Scott
    Mar 26, 2014 at 15:43
  • I need automatic height mode enabled on yellow box, so one more shadowed object below the textbox can't solve this problem.
    – yakunins
    Mar 26, 2014 at 15:53
  • Then I suspect you may need to rethink the design, or at least the anchor.
    – Scott
    Mar 26, 2014 at 15:59
  • I'm trying to make footer of the website in this way. The footer must be at the end of the text tread. Is there any solution (except anchored obj.) on how to put an object at the end of the block with altering height?
    – yakunins
    Mar 26, 2014 at 16:11
  • Sorry, I don't use Indesign for web site layouts. I can't help with that.
    – Scott
    Mar 26, 2014 at 16:39

1 Answer 1


The drop shadow appears on both objects because the anchored object is part of the main text frame object.

Instead of applying the effect to the text frame object, apply it to the fill. Since the fill is contained in the text frame object, and not the anchored object, the shadow will appear only behind the text frame. (Note that this only works if the text frame actually has a fill, but a Paper fill works just as well as a color or gradient.)

  • Thanks! That works. To add effect I select a textbox → open Effects panel → double-clicked on ‘Fill: Normal 100%’ → apply a shadow. Voila!
    – yakunins
    Mar 27, 2014 at 6:48

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