2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 15, 2011 3:32 AM by Peter Spier

    Huge problem with ID


      I have a huge problem with Indesign. I have this text. The first character is to be an initial character (larger than the rest of the text). My first problem was that the initial character was to be in another typeface than the rest of the text.

      However I sorted that.

      Now to the real problem: the initial character is to be higher up than the rest of the text and I do not know how to do this. Also the initial character is to be a big squeezed, I know how to do that but it makes the problem even worse that I cant make the initial character to be higher up than the rest of the text. The automatic setting is that the initial letter is "in order" with the rest of the text however that is not wanted here. I want to raise the initial letter up.

      Someone please help!!!

        • 1. Re: Huge problem with ID
          KJDglasgow Level 1

          Also needed to say: if I try to change the baseline all the rest of the text changes too, how can I do so only the initial character moves up? (this was also the problem with the two different typefaces being used but sorted it by making a character format for only the text however i cant make a label pharagraph style for this text as it will only want to "obey" the initial character setting.

          Help highly appreciated!

          • 2. Re: Huge problem with ID
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            Do you mean you want the initial cap to be larger, but on the same baseline? Just make the size larger on that letter.


            Do it with a character style and you can add your horizontal scaling (I presume that's what you mean by squeeze, in which case you'll probably also want to add some negaitve tracking) and a different color too, if you like, all in one step. In fact, if you use a character style you can increase the size just by using horizontal and vertical scale factors and it will work with any size text anywhere in the document iin proportion to the size of the type to which it is applied. The downside to the scaling method is it doesn't adjust the leading or spacing between paragraphs so your initial cap will overlap text above or extend out the top of the frame on the first line unless you make additional spacing adjustments which cannot be scaled automatically as far as I know.


            Your character style can be applied as a nested style to the first character in a paragraph style.