InDesign's drop cap feature can be used for more than just drop caps at the beginning of articles or sections. Here are a few ideas for other uses that can be great time savers when included as part of a paragraph style definition.
Figure 10.13. Drop caps used for question and answer section. In this example a tab stop has been set to push the question text away from the Q, the baseline of the Q has been raised by 1 point.
Figure 10.14. Words used as drop caps. Because of the repetition in this example, it's possible to make a paragraph style with the drop cap character count set to 11. The drop cap character style that is nested in the paragraph style includes a small amount of baseline shift as well as changing the Character Color to a 50 percent tint. For the last paragraph, the drop cap is modified locally.
Figure 10.15. Drop caps used for numbers in a contents page.
Coming Unstuck with Drop Caps
Part I: Character Formats
Going with the Flow
Getting the Lead Out
Kern, Baby, Kern
Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs
OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology
Part II: Paragraph Formats
Aligning Your Type
Paragraph Indents and Spacing
First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs
Dont Fear the Hyphen
Mastering Tabs and Tables
Part III: Styles
Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles
Part IV: Page Layout
Setting Up Your Document
Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids
Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly