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Fine tuning a Drop Cap paragraph in Affinity Publisher


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Hi there! I am new to the Affinity universe, and I hope that someone here can answer my question. I have used the Style dropdown in Paragraph studio to create two Drop Cap paragraphs, but I am not sure how I can improve them, esp. the small details. I have attached screenshots of the paragraphs and I have marked red these annoying spaces I want to get rid of. Many thanks in advance for your guidance!

Best regards from the heart of Austrian Alps!

E!

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Hi @unformedehb and welcome!

Enabling auto-hyphenation in the Paragraph panel will help the spacing in the second example.

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You can also use the Justification settings in the same panel to adjust word and character spacing.

To align the upper-case "I", you can use the Optical Alignment settings in the Character panel. Set to manual, add the letter, increase the left alignment gradually:

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As far as I'm aware, the only way to close up the space to the right of the "A" drop cap would be to place an invisible (no fill, no stroke) graphic object with a run-around and then overlay a separate letter A with Ignore Text Wraps set in the Text Frame panel:

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This of course makes the text slightly less amenable to editing. 

Plus a bit of free proof-reading: it's "colour palette", not "pallet".  ;)

 

Hope this helps!

H

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, unformedehb said:

I am new to the Affinity universe, and I hope that someone here can answer my question.

"If anything else fails, Read The Fine Manual." ;)

1 hour ago, unformedehb said:

how I can improve them

affinity.help/publisher/de.lproj/pages/Text/dropcaps.html

MacBookAir 15": MacOS Ventura > Affinity v1, v2, v2 beta // MacBookPro 15" mid-2012: MacOS El Capitan > Affinity v1 / MacOS Catalina > Affinity v1, v2, v2 beta // iPad 8th: iPadOS 16 > Affinity v2

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