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Old 01-03-2007, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default Drop caps in Indesign

Hi all, forgive me if this has been answered, but I couldn't find it anywhere, I'm also new to Indesign.

I'm just curious about the drop caps in Indesign, is it possible to do like the first example in my attachment without manually setting first line -10 indent and the rest of the paragraph +10 indent, and then forcing a hard linebreak to reset the indent for the rest of the text ?

The old typographer in me cringes when I see the default result Indesign gives me.

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Old 01-03-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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I'm just curious about the drop caps in Indesign, is it possible to do like the first example in my attachment without manually setting first line -10 indent and the rest of the paragraph +10 indent, and then forcing a hard linebreak to reset the indent for the rest of the text?
Hi, Henning. I do not think we have had a thread on this topic, and it seems like a great time to start one! I agree that the default is almost always hideous.

Defaults are rarely adequate for stuff like this, even in InDesign. For the most control, create the drop cap in its own frame and use text wrap (Wrap Around Object). Adjust the wrap to follow the contours of the character.

Then paste the cap’s frame at the start of the paragraph as an inline graphic, make any necessary adjustments to the wrap and the placement. Optical Margin Alignment would be usually be useful here. You can create a style for most of this, though you will have to adjust the contouring wrap for different letters.

Finally, make the cap an Anchored Object so it travels with its paragraph even if there are line-changing edits later on.

Sounds worse than it is.

   
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is it possible to do like the first example in my attachment without manually setting first line -10 indent and the rest of the paragraph +10 indent, and then forcing a hard linebreak to reset the indent for the rest of the text ?
Yup, sure is.

Put a thin space after the cap, then kern the remainder of the word back over the space. I usually also put a thin space at the start of the paragraph, and drop 2 characters, which allows me to better-controle the left side of the dropped character.

   
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