I am wondering. If by shadowing the text, you mean to have the outline a different shade, like you do with the shadow behind text boxes, for instance, I know you can just choose what ever color you want that outline (shadow?) to be by picking that as your text color, and then select the shadow (!?!) button and TA DAAH!!! You have an outlined text in whatever color your want the border to be....and if you go to the Options menu on the Tools menu and look under the OpenOffice.org/Colors, you can add and edit any color you want to your palette.
Conversely, you can choose whatever color you'd like the center/shadow(!?!?!) to be....(you begin to see the confusion here) and can have some control over the outline area with the background behind the text becoming the outline color and the chosen text color becoming the outline-ee.
(pardon the department of redundancy department in all of this but it helps some....well it helps me, anyway) As with all things computer, there is always some niggling little issue that is difficult to put a name to and no matter what you do, it will confuse people because of the context in which they are speaking. OR, you could be married to a nuclear physicist and attempt to get an answer from him that is coming from MR LEFT BRAIN, to me, a musician (and only slightly artsy fartsy....AAAAHAHA
and REALLY RIGHT BRAIN GIRL, and it gets very.....innnterressting just how confused two people can become trying to work this sort of thing out and DO this for 2 hours, only to find out they are agreeing
, and have been since about the first 30 seconds!!!
SO, as I draw my waxing philosophical (aagghmmm) to an end, if you are looking for a way to make the background text a different color from the ...front..ground
...of the text, here, somewhere up there, is another option to try that may be easier if you aren't doing anything particularly, ya know, 'fancy'.
If, all this has actually been moot because what you wanted to know is if you can have an actual offset shadow, forgive me, I am so sorry to have taken your time, I grovel in your general direction, and I hope you at least laughed somewhere in there.