Break apart drop shadow effect, select shadow image, apply Gaussian blur effect. I hate the way even 2019 renders the shadow. Not smooth...not smooth at all.
I believe 2019 has two options for the shadow tool, one of which is Gaussian blur. Perhaps it's not set by default?
Correct. I did not notice that before. However, If I want to make a white halo glow for letters it makes the glow much darker.
If using white the setting must be set to "normal" instead of multiply
Might also try "Add"
tried both of these...no luck.