Tricks with Drop Caps

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

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

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

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects



InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French

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