How do I create a Drop Cap in Adobe® InDesign®?

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Create a Drop Cap using the Paragraph and Character palettes or with the Drop Cap & Nested Styles palette.

Draw a text frame and type your text.

Using the Paragraph panel

  • Open the Paragraph panel. (Type > Paragraph or open the Panel on the right) 
  • Click the text tool in the first paragraph.
  • Type the number of lines to drop the cap in the Drop Cap Number of Lines field (InDesign  Drop Cap number of lines field bottom left corner of the palette)
  • Type the number of characters to drop in the Drop Cap One or More Characters field (number of letters field bottom right corner of the palette), usually one.

Paragraph palette
InDesign CS4 Drop Cap

Using the Drop Cap & Nested Styles panel

  • InDesign Drop Cap menu itemOpen the Drop Cap & Nested Styles panel. (Downward facing arrow on the right side of the Control palette) 
  • Click the text tool in the first paragraph.
  • Type the number of lines to drop the cap in the Drop Cap Lines field.
  • Type the number of characters to drop in the Drop Cap Characters field, usually one.
  • Click OK

Drop Cap and Nested Styles
InDesign Drop Cap & Nested Styles panel

Change the Drop Cap font, size or style

  • InDesign CS4 Character Palette fro Drop CapHighlight the drop cap and open the Character palette to change the font, size or type style.

 

  • Change the vertical alignment to extend the drop cap over the first line of type. Make it larger than 100%.

InDesign Drop Cap-Large drop cap