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Drop Caps behind the scene

Engaged ,
Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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Hi

I would like to know how does the Drop Cap works behind the scene.

 

Just in case if I want to give drop cap manually without using InDesign's help, how can I do that ?

I know it is a silly question but I would like to know. 

 

I was trying to give a drop cap manually in my document for some reason but it did not work out well. 

I created a character style of 30 points font size. BUT I was not able to apply 2 lines or 3 lines option manually.

 

Thanks and sorry for such a silly question.

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Community Expert , Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

I am not sure there is any simple way to do a multi-line drop cap in InDesign other than by placing the initial in a text box, and positioning that box, with appropriate anchoring, size and text wrap.

 

When exported to HTML or EPUB, it's actually quite simple in HTML/CSS code. The export is usually 'perfect' and it's easy to change or tweak it using CSS. But in ID, I think that text frame is needed unless you use the built-in feature.

 

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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I am not sure there is any simple way to do a multi-line drop cap in InDesign other than by placing the initial in a text box, and positioning that box, with appropriate anchoring, size and text wrap.

 

When exported to HTML or EPUB, it's actually quite simple in HTML/CSS code. The export is usually 'perfect' and it's easy to change or tweak it using CSS. But in ID, I think that text frame is needed unless you use the built-in feature.

 


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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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@James Gifford—NitroPress Thanks. I thought so that it would be difficult to do it manually.

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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Hi @shahidr100 You mean you can't do this? (or I don't understand the question…) 

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Engaged ,
Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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@jmlevy Hi. Thanks for the reply. Ofcourse I can do that BUT I would like to know how to do it manually without using Indesign's Dropcap feature. 

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Mar 25, 2023 Mar 25, 2023

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@shahidr100 I had a doubt when I was writing my answer, my apologies. But I am curious to know why you don't want to use the drop cap feature…

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Engaged ,
Mar 25, 2023 Mar 25, 2023

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@jmlevy You dont have to apologise for anything my friend.

Actually I work mostly on Urdu and Arabic language. Unlike English, in Urdu and Arabic the words break if I specify number of characters to be used for Dropdown. So, I thought it would be easier if I do it manually.

 

Finally, I have made a box with no color and fill and anchored it in the beginning. I was looking for some better method. 

 

Thanks to all for their valuable information.

Regards

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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Don't include the size in  character style here. If the size does not fit because of the different font, use percentage scaling.

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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@Willi Adelberger Ok. I have not tried that but will it make a difference ? Anyway I will give it a try.

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@Willi Adelberger Your percentage scaling method worked to some extent. Now the only thing left is number of lines to be indented, which I guess will work if I put an anchored box or box with text wrap on.

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