Tracing its origin to old religious texts, a drop cap is a letter at the start of a paragraph that’s larger than the rest of the text. Fast-forward to modern times; add a drop cap to your text to grab attention and add some serious style to your page in Adobe InDesign CC.
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With the Type tool, insert a cursor anywhere in the line. In Paragraph Formatting Controls, type a number in Drop Cap Number of Lines to increase the drop cap’s height. Make it as large as you like; we made our drop cap as tall as our poem (nine lines).  

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Click Character Formatting Controls and change the drop cap’s formatting — try changing the font, style, and fill color. We tried these variations:

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Next, choose Type > Create Outlines so you can apply some effects without affecting the rest of the text. Locate fx in the Control panel and experiment with effects. We applied a hard-edged drop shadow in a contrasting color.

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To add space around the drop cap, insert your cursor between the drop cap and the next letter and increase Kerning (space between consecutive letters) in the Control panel.

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Instead of a drop shadow, you could fill your drop cap with colorful artwork. Select the outlined drop cap with the Selection tool, and then choose Object > Content > Graphic. Now choose File > Place and select any vector drawing, pattern, or photo to enhance your drop cap.

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Now that you know how to make a distinctive drop cap, practice these techniques to add personality to your text.

01/21/2019

Adobe Stock contributor: Natalie Board

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