Live, Embossed Text in QuarkXPress

Back in September, I showed how to create “Mystery Shadows” — a shadow without an object seeming to cast it — in QuarkXPress 7 and above.

A similar technique can be used to simulate embossing with live text. Here’s how:

  • Type your text and color it white.
  • Set the opacity of the text to 0%.
  • Apply a drop shadow to the text.
  • In the Drop Shadows tab of the Measurements palette, uncheck the Inherit Opacity option.
  • In the Drop Shadows tab of the Measurements palette, check Item Knocks Out Drop Shadow.
Live, Embossed Text in QuarkXPress
Live, Embossed Text in QuarkXPress

The text is still live, so you can change the text, or the font, or the size, or anything else you want to do to text.