2022-09-08 17:15:25 • Filed to:
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If you've ever read a magazine or a newspaper article, you've noticed that the first paragraph always starts with drop cap. And if you are a graphic designer, you need to know how to do drop cap in InDesign. Adding a drop cap adds a professional flourish to the layout, no matter if you are working on a book, poster, newspaper, or magazine. It is a fundamental typographic skill that is just easy to learn. With that in mind, let's talk about the basics how to do a drop cap in InDesign.
Working in the InDesign app, not only you can add drop caps easily, you can also add flair and style the drop cap as you need/want. Here is the quick guide for how to make a drop cap in InDesign.
Now that we learned how to add a drop cap in InDesign, let's look at all of the simple tweaks that can take your drop caps to a new level.
If you go to "Window > Type & Tables > Story", and then click on "Optical margin alignment", you can shift any straggly serif or apostrophes to outside of the text frame. This will give cleaner appearance to the drop cap.
If your drop cap is crowding and overlapping some of the body text, rectify it by placing the cursor between the drop cap letter and first letter of the body text. Increase the Kerning value in the "Window > Type & Tables > Character" until you have enough separation between the two.
Last, but not least, shift the baseline of the drop cap by highlighting the drop cap, and then increase the baseline shift in the Character panel.
InDesign is a powerful tool for graphic designers. You can do almost anything. But in some cases, you might need to do further editing of the document once you are done in InDesign. You export the file to PDF, but you forgot to do a couple of more edits.
What can you do now? Well, one thing you can do is open the document in InDesign again, do the edits again, and then export to PDF again. Or, you can go a simpler route, and just edit the PDF document. For that, you need a powerful PDF tool like Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor that can make your working with PDF files easy, simple, and seamless.
It is a software tool that helps you produce great looking PDF files in an easy and simple way thanks to its many features. Here is a quick breakdown of the features.
With that in mind, you can edit drop cap in InDesign file. Here is the guide.
Open the InDesign file to the program to unlock all of its amazing features. Click "Open Files…" and browse to open the InDesign PDF file. Or just simply drag and drop it into the program.
Within the document, go to "Edit" button located on the left side to start editing the text. There are two options available, single line mode or paragraph mode. If you click single line, you can edit each line as a separate block. Click on "Edit" > "Add Text" to add new text on the position you want. Furthermore, you can select the text and change the font, size, color, add bold, add italic, and more.
To edit objects, go again to "Edit" in the left corner, and then click on the image or object you want to Edit. Drag the object to move it, or place the cursor on the edge of the blue box to edit it. Right click to choose "Rotate Left, Overturn horizontal, Rotate right, and Overturn vertical". Other options include "Clip Image, Replace image", etc. Click on "Edit" > "Add image" to select an image you want to add in the PDF document.