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Old 04-27-2006, 01:22 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I've been using InDesign CS2 for some time now (actually a couple of months) and I face a problem that drives me nuts. Every time I apply drop cap, (particularly when I apply drop cap on larger number of lines, let's say between 5 and 10) I've got quite large gap between left edge of the drop cap and the left edge of the text column. No need to say that first line left indent is always set as 0 (zero). The only option to overcome this, that I can think of, is to convert drop cap into outlines, left-aligned it with the column, and then apply text wrap. But InDesignCS2 is too powerful software for this middle-age approach, it must be something else.

Thanks for any help
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Every time I apply drop cap, (particularly when I apply drop cap on larger number of lines, let's say between 5 and 10) I've got quite large gap between left edge of the drop cap and the left edge of the text column.
Are you using optical alignment? That should help.

However, the real problem is in the font: ID is placing the character at the left edge of the column, but that includes the left sidebearing, which looks to mortal eyes like space!

The way to fix this is kind of annoying, but it does work: Place a space before the cap character and ask ID to drop 2 characters (space and letter). Then kern the visible character back into the space character until it aligns properly. (I would proof it on a good laser printer to make sure it is right before sending the job for output.)

   
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Hi Ktinkel,

That's exactly what I needed. Thanks a lot for your help.
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That's exactly what I needed. Thanks a lot for your help.
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