Techie Tip of the Week – CSS: Adding Drop Shadows to Text

Want to add a drop shadow effect on your web content? Using Cascading Style Sheets, it’s a breeze!

To add a drop shadow effect, the CSS declaration is:


To define the text-shadow, you must define four values:

  1. The color of the text-shadow (using the 6-digit hex, 3-digit hex, color name, or RGB method)
  2. The X-coordinate of the text-shadow, relative to the text (distance towards the right)
  3. The Y-coordinate of the text-shadow, relative to the text (distance downwards)
  4. The blur radius (amount of blurriness) of the text-shadow.

For example, suppose you write the following CSS (highlighted in yellow) and HTML code:

<title>Stanford Widget Department</title>
<style type="text/css">
 h1 {text-shadow: #820000 5px 3px 5px;} 
 <h1>Stanford University Department of Widgets</h1>

This would be the result:

Stanford University Department of Widgets (black font with a cardinal red drop shadow)

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