Gutenberg Drop Caps is a script designed by Mikhail Ivanyushin to help achieve in InDesign some drop caps closer to the ones we can see in ancient books such as the Gutenberg Bible[1]: this script enables, starting with a paragraph with a standard InDesign drop cap — where the first letter is surrounded by a rectangular empty space, with the rest of the paragraph aligned to the right — to get a paragraph where the rest of the text fits to the shape of the drop cap right side — like in the case of a free shape graphic frame with contour wrapping on. Then a panel offers a few additional settings after processing. In the same time it keeps the text integrity (the first letter remains visible in the story editor) to preserve search and indexation.

Mikhail Ivanyushin designed this script to extend the possibilities of creating running headers from master pages in InDesign, enabling to achieve:

  • headers including an automatic numbering (not typed as part of the text but defined in the paragraph style),
  • headers combining text snippets from various paragraphs from the page,
  • headers extending to more than one line (instead of automatically narrowing to fit in a single line).

cmyk babochkaThis script by Mikhail Ivanyushin enables you to draw up a list of available keys when you want to create a new keyboard shortcut for some action or other in InDesign.

As an expert designer, Mikhail Ivanyushin always sees that, in a multi-column layout, text lines in each column remain aligned with the lines of the previous/next columns, so they must keep the same leading no matter the different headers and illustrations inserted — to respect a common “tempo”, according to the analogy with music used in one of his readings, reference book “The Elements of Typographic Style” by Robert Bringhurst. To ensure that, Mikhail generally uses in his paragraph styles the option “Align To Baseline Grid”, with the text frame option “Use Custom Baseline Grid”. However, unlike text paragraphs, the header paragraphs mustn’t be subject to this grid alignment constraint, but as a result the ratio space before/after those headers are not preserved by InDesign: a header, with a paragraph style applied clearly specifying in principle much more space before than after, often ends with more space after.

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To fix this issue, Mikhail created “MusicOfHeaders”, a set of four scripts recently improved and translated in English, that enables to adjust the headers vertical position (modifying the “baseline shift” parameter) in order to comply with this ratio, and creates paragraph style variations to apply those modifications that differ according to the position (top or middle of the page) and the line count of the other headers in the document.

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