Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Drop caps, part of InDesign: Elements of a Layout.
- [Voiceover] It's common to apply a drop cap…or initial cap to the first paragraph…of a feature article.…These can range from a standard drop cap…that sinks a few lines into the paragraph…to a highly stylized abstracted letter form…that fills a substantial part of the page.…The purpose is to add decoration, but also to provide…a clear entry point to the reader.…The style of a drop cap can echo the style…of the headline.…No indent is necessary on the first paragraph.…
Smaller drop caps can be used to indicate…section breaks within the text.…To apply the drop cap to my work in progress,…I will, with my Type tool, click into my lead paragraph,…come to my Paragraph Styles…and begin by applying the Body no indent style…to the text.…That's going to remove the first line indent…which is unnecessary.…I'll hold down opt or alt and click on…Create New Style so that I can now create…the drop cap paragraph style based upon…the Body no indent style.…
I'll call this Body lead,…come to my Drop Caps and Nested Styles.…I'm going to choose to sink my drop cap…
Graphic designer Nigel French shows how to create a magazine layout using a modular approach that improves the ongoing usability of the document template and the appearance of the resulting designs. In this course, Nigel uses a magazine layout to explain the purpose of each layout element and to demonstrate the use of InDesign features. He explores text elements, picture elements, and page elements. He demonstrates how to set up a document and how to format logically with Styles, Layers, and CC Libraries.
- Setting up a template
- Using Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles
- Working with picture treatments
- Establishing hierarchy
- Incorporating white space into a layout
- Using CC Libraries