Travel Journal Tip No. 1: Drop/Raised Caps

One way to keep your journal entries  visually interesting and organized is to use Drop or Raised Caps.

DROPSlrAbove: Drop caps drop below the baseline of the first line of text. You can “drop” as many lines as you want. Usually the first letter of the first word is used, or you can drop as many letters or words as you want. Heck you don’t even have to use letters, draw a tree, statue, martini glass, etc. what ever fits with your entry.

RAISEDCAPSLR

Above: Raised caps are enlarged letters or images above the baseline of the first line of text.

You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting raised or dropped caps in just about any publication you pick-up.

I use this technique to indicate where to start reading on a page or for separate entries on the same page or spread (a spread is two pages side-by-side in an open book) . Journaling can be very loose when your on the go, so this technique helps you organize your page and guide the reader. The key is not to over do it, which is easy to do. Too many drops on one page or spread can look gaudy, but for some reason not as bad as you might think in a hand rendered journal. Good luck and keep journaling.

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4 responses to “Travel Journal Tip No. 1: Drop/Raised Caps

  1. Great typographic foundations! Proof that you don’t need a jillion typefaces
    (or even a computer, for that matter) to influence the reader.

  2. Winter TEXAN

    I would love to see your grocery list!!!!!

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