Configuring the Menu’s Drop Shadow Settings

Each standard menu can have a drop shadow that can be shared by button text, shapes, drop zones, and text objects. You configure the drop shadow in the Advanced tab in the Menu Inspector and then enable it in the Inspector for each button text, shape, drop zone, and text object you want it applied to.

Enabling Drop Shadows

Enabling the drop shadows on a menu is a two-step process: Enable drop shadows for each menu item you want to apply them to, and then configure the menu’s drop shadow settings. This allows you to see the effect of the menu settings on all of the items at once.

To enable the drop shadow
  1. Select a menu item that supports drop shadows (button text, button shapes, drop zone shapes, or text objects).

  2. In that item’s Inspector, click the Shadow checkbox to enable it.

  3. Click an empty part of the menu in the Menu Editor so the Menu Inspector appears.

  4. Click the Menu Inspector’s Menu tab. The drop shadow settings appear along the bottom part of the tab.

    Figure. Menu shadow section of the Menu tab of the Menu Inspector.
  5. Configure the drop shadow settings. (Keep in mind that the drop shadows only appear on items that have been enabled.) See Setting the Drop Shadow Properties for more information.

Setting the Drop Shadow Properties

Once you have enabled drop shadows on one or more menu items, you can start adjusting the drop shadow settings.

Figure. Menu shadow section of the Menu tab of the Menu Inspector.

Note: You will not see the drop shadow if any of the settings are at 0.0.

  • Angle: A rotary control that sets the direction of the drop shadow. The control’s indicator points in the drop shadow’s direction. Rotate the indicator to the desired direction. You can also enter an angle value. A value of 0 places the shadow directly above the item; 90 places it to the right.
  • Alpha: Sets the drop shadow’s transparency. A value of 0.0 makes the drop shadow completely transparent while a value of 1.0 makes it completely opaque.
  • Diffusion: Sets the drop shadow’s softness. Smaller numbers provide harder edges while larger numbers (up to a maximum of 15.0) provide softer edges.
  • Distance: Sets the distance of the drop shadow from the item. Smaller numbers position the drop shadow closer while larger numbers (up to a maximum of 15.0) position it farther away.
  • Colored rectangle: Sets the color of the drop shadow. Click it to open the Colors window where you can choose the color to use.