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Explore the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French dissects the anatomy of a typeface and defines the vocabulary of typography. The course moves from the micro to the macro level, addressing issues such as choosing page size, determining the size of margins, adjusting number columns, and achieving a clean look with baseline grids. This course takes you from laying out a page to delving into the hows and whys of typography.
Drop Caps are not just for article or chapter openings, they can also be used in a number of creative ways, such as, for a numbered list to make the numbered steps larger. And as is our convention we are going to make this the starting state look like this the finished state. So I am going to come to Paragraph Styles, and we see that each of these steps has the begin style applied to them. Let's move the page over to the left so that we can clearly see that while we are in the Paragraph dialog box.
Okay, so I am going to start out by applying Auto numbers to this. And we are going to see that it doesn't quite work, but it's interesting, so I want you to see this. So Bullets and Numbering, List Type will be Numbers, the Format can stay the same, we do not need that period there. And we don't want a tab, you can see that the numbers are embedded in the paragraph rather than hanging to the left of the paragraph. So we need to replace the tab, and I am going to replace it with a thin space.
I am going to change the Character Style to the number Character Style which I have already got set up, that's going to make the numbers red. And that's all I need to do here. Now you would hope that you could then come up and say Drop Caps, give me a two-line Drop Cap, but look what happens, so close. So that's not going to work what we are going to need to do is convert these auto numbers to text. I mentioned this in the earlier chapter when we were dealing with numbered lists.
So I am going to right-click on the style name and choose Convert "begin" Numbering to Text. Now I can come up and do what I am trying to do before, and it will work. I have changed one paragraph, I would now like the others to look like this. So I am going to redefine the style based upon this one. I need to make sure that my cursor isn't inserted after the red character because then it's going to pick up those formats. Just make sure it's inserted anywhere else in the paragraph, right-click on the Style name, Redefine Style.
Okay, that's looking all right, but we have got a bit of a spacing problem there, you see that the second lines are not aligning. So the way we can get around that is we can make this a two character Drop Cap. So once again I am going to do it to one paragraph, and we can see that that now aligns quite nicely, and then I am going to right-click on the style name, Redefine Style and our problem is solved. Now, how did I know when to use a thin space? Well, trial-and-error, I didn't know, I just found out that an en space was too much so I went to a thin space.
But that's just one of the things you can do with a Drop Cap, so do experiment and see what other uses you can come up with.
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