Visual styles of the 1970s and ’80s often featured bold geometric shapes and vibrant hues. Pay homage to them by creating decorative text with strong shapes and sunny colors in Adobe InDesign CC.

Type your own text or use our sample file. Then format it by changing the font, style, size, leading (space between lines of text), and other attributes in the Control panel.


Select the text with the Selection tool, and then locate fx in the Control panel. Experiment by applying a drop shadow in different ways — varying the color, blending mode, and other settings will produce different results.


We liked the striking effect of a hard-edged shadow with a pop of color.


We finished by adding a Gradient Feather effect. This produced an airy gradation that made our text color fade into its shadow.


Add strong character to your display text by applying a dose of retro style.

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