How to Create Fancy Drop Caps in InDesign

I’ve been told I talk like I’m stoned when I create tutorials.

I assure you that I am 100% sober in the making and creating of this video (and all subsequent videos).

But you guys, I live in Oregon. It’s legal now. I grew up in the PNW (that’s Pacific Northwest for the uninformed). I don’t talk like a Valley Girl. Extremely abhor the Californian accent. If I try to be all bubbly, I’m going to kill myself. This is how I talk, fair and square. If I try to be anything else but me, it just wouldn’t make much sense. Do you. Love it or hate it, it’s the only thing that’s going to push you forward authentically. And that’s the only way I can do business.

When I created my first InDesign tutorial video on how to create fillable PDFs, it got over 5,000+ views on YouTube, and that’s like practically viral for a non-internet famous person like me! I knew I was on to something when it reached 5,000 views and it was confirmation from the Universe that I needed to create more tutorial videos, even if that meant having to talk.

With that in mind, here’s my “stoned voice” tutorial (I naturally talk slow, ok! Because I’m naturally awesome!).

Can’t see the video player? Watch it on YouTube.

And in case you want to fast forward to the good stuff, since you’re probably too intelligent for my slow video anyway, here’s some show notes.

In this video, you will learn:

  • Navigating InDesign workspace and tools
  • Exactly how to create a basic drop cap
  • Overprint Preview and why you should use it
  • My own way to ‘hack’ a fancy drop cap (with a square shape in the background)
  • How to create new layers and why you should use multiple layers
  • Fill and stroke and what hotkey trick selects them
  • Tracking and small caps


Janet Brent

Janet Brent

Digital Storytelling Strategist/Designer

Janet helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs, holistic wellness warriors, and personal growth gurus grow their businesses through digital storytelling experiences. Whether it's creating ebooks for lead magnet email opt-ins, digital courses, manifestos, designing sales funnel pages, or figuring out your brand story, Janet works with you to strategize + implement marketing tasks, so you can focus on what you do best. Book a complimentary clarity conversation to see if you're a good fit for collaborating on your business' dreams and vision. Grow your community through telling better stories.