Alright so new feature of InDesign CC 2015 is Paragraph Shading. A long overdue feature. The question is for Print Projects is there any difference between using Shading vs the old way of putting a colored box below the text?

Here is my Paragraph Shade panel:

Shading Panel

Here is a closeup of PDF export using the Shade function:

Shade Function

Here is a closeup of PDF export using the box method:

Shade Function

I don't see any differences from a visual standpoint, (the area under my box is on a gray background) but before I implement this on print projects thought I'd ask and see what, if any, differences there are to consider when using Paragraph Shading?

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There's really nothing to worry about in terms of output.

All that's being done is the text frame is getting a color applied to it. It's no different than placing a colored rectangle behind the text frame. Output would be the same, it's only the production method that is changing (and is easier).

  • Easier in some instances. I'm actually working on an ad so probably easier to just keep using the box method. In a larger publication where styles are relevant it would certainly be easier to implement this.
    – Ryan
    Jun 18, 2015 at 13:40
  • Yeah it'll all depend on the actual layout but a color applied to a paragraph is essentially the same as if you applied a color to the text frame... or used the box method. It all outputs the same.
    – Scott
    Jun 18, 2015 at 13:41

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