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Using QGIS 3.4.4, I've added a map to a print layout, given it a black frame, and it looks fine.

Now how do I add a drop-shadow effect to the map frame in the layout?

I haven't found anything in the layout's properties that would create such an effect.

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Material Desing Map With Qgis Composer on page 3 shows how the author achieved a drop shadow effect by creating a box with add rectangle and without border settings and then uses Offset, Blur radius and Transparency.

I should also add that the version used in the blog is not stated.

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    According to your link, the drop shadow is created on a separate rectangle graphic, which is then placed under the map item, with the drop shadow "peeking out" from underneath. It works fine under 2.18. With 3.4.4. I accessed the drop shadow by r-click the rectangle > item properties > click simple fill > checkbox draw effects > click yellow star > check on drop shadow. But, the drop shadow fails to offset from the rectangle. Possibly a bug?
    – Stu Smith
    Jan 25, 2019 at 18:18
  • Thanks for pointing that out (as regards my being able to comment on a post). Indeed, it does look like the author in the link did use 2.18. Hopefully someone who uses your version of the software helps soon.
    – b_jugger
    Jan 27, 2019 at 22:07
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I believe it is a bug. The drop shadow is still drawn, so I just offset the x and y of the simple fill to a negative for now to show the shadow.

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