Understanding drop caps


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Understanding drop caps

Drop Caps or initial caps, decorative first letters have been used for centuries as chapter-opening devices. Today they are used to signify the beginning of articles in magazines and newspapers. There are relatively few rules involved with creating a Drop Cap, we can really do whatever we want. Our only restriction is that of common sense. So I have several different treatments for drop or initial caps, and I'm now going to come to my Layers panel where I will turn on the beginning layer and here we have the starting state, and I am just going to run through how I created these.

So to start with a basic three line Drop Cap. I'll insert my cursor in the text, make sure I am in the Paragraph Formats and enter in the number of lines that I want the character to sink into the paragraph, 3 right there. Now I can also come and change the number of characters. I don't need to in this instance, and rarely do I need to, but I could if I wanted, may be put in 5 right there, and it'd have that ...

Understanding drop caps
Video duration: 11m 3s 9h 7m Intermediate Updated Nov 12, 2014

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Understanding drop caps provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the InDesign Typography (2012)

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Design
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InDesign
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