Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting a drop cap or intial cap, part of InDesign Typography Part 2.
- [Voiceover] The use of decorative first letters has…evolved from a long tradition stretching back to before…the invention of the printing press.…The purpose of the initial letter, or versal,…was to call attention to the beginning of the book.…In 1455, when Gutenberg printed his 42 line bible,…the first book to be printed in the Western world with…movable type, he acknowledged the importance of this…tradition by leaving space in the printed text…for a scribe to add a decorative first letter.…
Contemporary magazine and book publishing continues…this centuries old tradition by commonly beginning…chapters and articles with large initial letters.…This treatment can be incorporated into a paragraph style…or applied locally through the control panel.…On the paragraph formats, this is the option that…we want, the drop cap number of lines.…And I'm going to sink four lines into this paragraph.…Now a drop cap is also an opportunity to repeat…the signature color of a piece.…
So I'm going to select the drop cap…and apply the signature color to it.…
To get the most from this course, make sure to watch InDesign Typography Part 1.
- Text flow and text threading
- Placeholders and text frames
- Type alignment
- Indents, insets, and spacing
- Bullet and numbered lists
- Text wrap
- Formatting with styles
- Hyphenation and line breaks
- Combining typefaces
- White space and grids
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Text Flow
3. Indents, Insets, and Spacing
4. Typical Formatting Scenarios
5. Global Formatting with Styles
6. Controlling Text
7. Design Considerations
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