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iWork for Mac OS X Cookbook by Alexander Anichkin

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Creating drop caps with the Custom Image bullets

A drop cap is a large capital letter at the beginning of a body of text. It is as deep as several lines of text and sometimes has additional graphic elements so that it looks more like an illustration than part of the text itself. It is a popular, if somewhat dated, feature, and many design programs and word processors offer the drop cap option as a separate function.

In Pages, the iWork word processing and layout application, drop cap does not feature as a separate option, which has led to much grumbling on user forums. However, there are several easy ways to create drop caps, with both text and graphic elements.

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Open a new iWork Pages document with filler text, for example lorem ipsum ...

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