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: 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’s demo video on Youtube shows in details its functionalities, so does the pdf manual.
 See some Gutenberg Bible specimens:
- at the French National Library (BnF): Book of Judges, chap. 1 with a 8-lines decorative drop cap “P”,
- at the Russian National Electronic Library (НЭБ): going manually to page 234 of 660 we can see the same chapter with a differently decorated drop cap, this version is the one illustrating the Gutenberg Drop Caps pdf manual.
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