How to Win Friends and Influence People (with Drop Caps)

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:25

Once upon a time, book designers decided that big letters were a nice way to draw attention to the start of a book (or to the start of a section within a book). Those big letters, called drop caps (or, more formally, versals), are actually pretty easy to create in Adobe InDesign CC.

Finding Type and Paragraph in Adobe InDesign CC
Finding Type and Paragraph in InDesign CC

 

Drop Caps
This is where you select the number of lines to drop.

So if you want to drop it like it’s hot, here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on Type at the top of your InDesign CC window.
  2. Click on Paragraph in the dropdown menu.
  3. Use the up and down arrows next to Drop Cap Number of Lines to choose how many lines you want your drop cap to, well, drop. (This number correlates to how many lines down your drop cap stretches.)
  4. Impress readers with your amazing versal skills.