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I found the shadowtext package quite useful.

\usepackage{shadowtext}

However, it only seems to work with parenthesis and ignores line breaks:

\shadowtext{Shadow text\\ no line break}

How can I apply it to a whole document and paragraphs with line breaks?

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    This is not supported by this package. Your line-break case could be reported to Yori Zwols <[email protected]>. To edit the whole text, you would have to ask for a completely new feature. If you just want to change some block of text, put it in a minipage, this works. I do not want to imagine a whole document typeset like this... If you really want to have it like this, you should search for some ready built font with shadows and use it via fontspec.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Jan 27, 2016 at 10:54

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Just to show my last comment with some font I have found on my machine (there are many fonts free for download on the web):

% arara: lualatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\begin{document}
\setmainfont{ALGER.TTF}
\noindent
Shadow text\\ with line break
\end{document}

enter image description here

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