Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating drop caps, part of Typography for Web Designers.
In this lesson we're going to create a drop cap on our text.…You need the files quote_dropcap.html and quote_dropcap.css from the Exercise folder.…Open up the HTML file in the browser to see what we're working with.…You'll see we have a page that looks done.…It looks really good actually.…But we're going to add one last typographic element, a drop cap.…A drop cap is a large initial letter used to start a text.…
We're going to put it right here with the first letter of our designer's name here.…There are a couple of methods to making drop caps.…I'm only going to show you one, because at this time it is the only method that…works across browsers and respects the various shapes of the different letters.…We're going to create a class in our CSS for the drop cap then we're going to…apply the class with a span to our initial letter.…Open up the CSS and let's create a class and output it as usual with the P…element, because that's where we'll be using it.…
Let's call it .dropcap, put in our curly brackets.…
- Understanding how good typography promotes reading
- Choosing web-safe fonts
- Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
- Adding and applying the Google Fonts syntax
- Finding and applying a good font size, line height, and line length
- Improving a color palette by improving contrast and reducing optical vibration
- Understanding how people mentally organize, or chunk, visual elements
- Applying a system of hierarchy in HTML and CSS
- Applying vertical spacing in CSS
- Adding emphasis within a heading
- Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
- Adding a list of links
- Creating drop caps
- Fixing quotation marks, apostrophes, and dashes
Skill Level Intermediate
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A: Discover more about this topic by visiting graphic design on lynda.com.
1. Using Fonts to Communicate the Meaning of a Word or Headline
2. Using Fonts for Text
3. Maximizing Readability
4. Visually Chunking Text
5. Shaping a Page Using Typography
6. Shaping a Traditional Typographic Page
7. Shaping a Modernist Typographic Page
8. Attending to the Typographic Details
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