E-Design Creating A Drop Cap

E-Design Creating A Drop Cap - CREATING A DROP CAP A drop...

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Unformatted text preview: CREATING A DROP CAP A drop cap is an enlarged initial letter in a copy block. Using a drop cap adds visual interest to your layout and can help draw readers into the copy. eDESIGN TIPS & TRICKS STEP 1: CREATE A COPY BLOCK Select the Text tool in eDesign. Then click and drag to create a text frame on the layout. Once the text frame is created, your text cursor will be inside the frame. You can then type your copy, or you can copy and paste it from another application. STEP 2: FORMAT THE COPY With your text cursor inside the frame, go to the Edit menu and choose Select All. This will select all the text inside the frame (or, if you prefer, you can use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl-A [Windows] or Cmd-A [Mac], to select all the text). With the text selected, go to the Control Panel at the bottom of the screen (see Figure 3 below) and change the font and font size as desired. Figure 1: A “drop cap” initial letter draws attention to the copy. STEP 3: CREATE THE INITIAL LETTER Create a new text frame for the initial letter (that will become the drop cap). In the example shown here, we have created a new text frame containing just the initial “F” from the copy (see Figure 2 at left). Figure 2: Place the initial letter in a text frame by itself. STEP 4: FORMAT THE INITIAL LETTER For best results, you should choose a thicker font (a bold version, if available) at a larger size (usually 36 point or greater) for the drop cap. STEP 5: CONVERT THE INITIAL LETTER Select the initial letter text frame with the Selection tool (the arrow). Go to the Object menu and choose Convert to Shapes. The letter has now been converted to a shape and is no longer editable text. Hint: It is a good idea to make a copy of the initial letter text frame and place it in the pasteboard (the area outside the red bleed zone) in case you want to adjust the letter later. STEP 6: APPLY TEXT WRAP Double-click on the main copy block to place your text cursor inside the frame. Then go to the Control Panel at the bottom of the screen (see Figure 3) and choose the second text wrap option, Shape Wrap. STEP 7: ADJUST THE DROP CAP POSITION Switch to the Selection tool and select the drop cap frame. Position it in relation to the body copy. You should see the body copy adjust based on the position of the drop cap. 3 1 2 4 Figure 3: Text Control Panel – 1 Font menu - choose the typeface and style for your text. 2 Font size - choose the size for your text (measured in points). 3 Text Wrap controls - select None, Shape Wrap, Shape Jump. 4 Wrap Padding - set the amount of space between the text and the object it is wrapping around. 08.2010.MAC STEP 8: FINE TUNE You can place your text cursor back into the main text frame and adjust the Wrap Padding in the Control Panel (see Figure 3 below). Lowering this value will bring the text closer to the drop cap. Adjusting the position and size of the drop cap letter (using the Selection tool) will also change how the two objects interact with each other. Hint: Hold down the Shift key when resizing the drop cap to keep its normal proportions. STEP 9: ADD SOME PIZZAZZ You can select the drop cap letter with the Selection tool and change its fill color, stroke color and stroke weight in the Control Panel. The example shown in Figure 1 has a yellow fill, a 1-point black stroke, and a drop shadow applied to the drop cap. TROUBLESHOOTING If your text does not wrap around the drop cap, it is probably because the drop cap is located “behind” the main text frame. To adjust this, select the drop cap with the Selection tool. Then go to the Object menu and choose Bring to Front. ...
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