How To Create A Stunning Drop Capital Effect On Your Web Pages
Drop Capitals are frequently used in many newspapers, books and magazines in offline world. You will frequently see large capital letter sinking down into first paragraph of articles, stories and chapters in majority of publications you come across.
The drop capital gives page a nice finishing touch, and certainly adds a more professional looking feel.
Online, drop capital looks just as good on web pages as it does in print. The only drawback is that you can easily get whole effect wrong, and end up with a less than appealing result.
The wrong way...
When most people attempt to create a drop capital effect on a web page, they usually just enlarge first letter by a few font sizes and make it bold.
If you do this on your own web page, you will notice that instead of a 'drop' capital effect, you end up with an odd looking letter which sticks up above rest of paragraph, and just looks out of place.
The right way...
There are essentially, two parts to creating drop capital effect.
Step #1 -
You need to create a drop capital image using some graphic software.
You can use any standard piece of graphic software like Paint Shop Pro, Fireworks, or Photoshop.
The drop capital image should ideally be big enough to drop down between 2-4 lines of text, depending on your preference.
You should ensure that top of your drop capital image is level with top of text next to it. The bottom of image should also be level with bottom of lowest text next to it.
This is really hardest part of creating a drop capital effect. It can be very easy to make image just a bit too big, or a bit too small. You may find that it will take a bit of trial and error to make it look just right. However, extra effort will pay off, as end result will be worth waiting for.
One thing to note: As with any image, a drop capital image can slow a web page if file size is too big. To help reduce file size you should save it as a '.gif' image. For even better results you should try to optimize '.gif' image as well by reducing amount of colors being used.