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Create great looking drop caps with style

Added on Wednesday 15th of July 2009 11:25 pm EST

InDesign makes it easy to create standard drop caps like the one shown in Figure A on the left. If you’re like most designers we know, however, “standard” is unacceptable—especially when you can just as easily create stupendous drop caps like the one shown in Figure A on the right.


The best of both worlds
You might think you have to convert a character to outlines to create such an ornate drop cap, but there’s no need to go to that extreme. You can do some pretty amazing things with text while still preserving the useful ability to edit it. And using styles to format all the text in your InDesign documents ensures the efficiency of your workflow isn’t compromised.

Drop caps with style
To create the drop cap shown on the left in Figure A, we set the Drop Cap Number Of Lines option in the Paragraph palette to 3 and changed the Fill attribute to a custom color. This sort of local sty...


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