Tag Archive: CSS layouts

Dropcaps: Easily Create Drop Caps in Dreamweaver CC

Using CSS to create drop caps in your design can be cumbersome. If you’ve used dropcap.js, you know it’s a much easier way to realize your design. The good news? We’ve made it even easier for Dreamweaver CC users with a native dropcap.js extension called Dropcaps.

Now you can enlarge the first letter of a paragraph or section of text to catch readers’ attention and jazz up your design.

 

Dropcap first character

Dropcap first character

 

Let’s take a look how you can do that in a few easy steps:

Installing the Dropcaps extension

  1. Quit Dreamweaver CC.
  2. Make sure you have installed the Creative Cloud Desktop App. 
  3. Make sure sync-files feature is turned on and not paused. 
  4. Make sure you have installed a compatible Adobe application.
  5. Install the Dropcaps extension from the Adobe Add-ons page.
  6. Check that you have acquired your Add-on.
  7. Restart Dreamweaver CC 2014.1 so that the Add-on can be enabled.


Using the Dropcap extension

  1. Launch Dreamweaver CC.
  2. Open your web page in Dreamweaver.
  3. Select the required paragraph:
    • If you are in Live View, simply click the text element.
    • If you are in Code View, position the cursor inside the text or tag, or select the text.
  4. Open the Dropcaps extension dialog box by selecting Window > Extensions > Dropcaps, or by using the Keyboard shortcut = Cmd+Alt+L on Mac; Ctrl+Alt+L on Windows.
  5. Specify the following details in the Dropcaps extension dialog box (see Figure 1):
    • Height: Number of lines that the height of the drop caps element spans. Counting is from top to bottom.
    • Baseline (optional): The line number to which the base of the drop caps element aligns with. Counting is from top to bottom. (Default value: same as height)

No. of characters (optional): The no. of characters to which the drop caps effect should be applied. (default: 1)

Dropcaps Extension

Dropcaps Extension

 

  1. Click “OK”.
  2. File > Save to confirm changes.

 

Note: An ‘extDropcaps’ folder gets created in the same directory as your web page. This folder contains the JavaScript for the drop cap effect, and needs to be uploaded to your publishing server along with the rest of the files and scripts.

To edit the drop cap’s properties, select the text element, open the Dropcaps extension, and edit its values.

That’s it! You’re done. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter so you can always get the latest Dreamweaver news.

Best,

The Dreamweaver Team

 

Get up to speed with CSS layouts

We get a lot (and I mean A LOT) of queries about CSS layouts — what are they, how do they work, where do I go to start? Here are just a few of some of the best resources out there if you are trying to tackle this formidable but popular beast:
From table-based to tableless web design (ADOBE)
Popular two-part tutorial series on building a CSS layout from scratch, and converting table-based layouts to pure CSS.
CSS page layout basics (ADOBE)
Explanation of a basic CSS layout that breaks down the structure and rules that create the layout.
Creating a CSS layout from scratch (SUBCIDE)
An older but still quite useful step-by-step tutorial on creating a CSS layout.
Building your first CSS site (ADOBE)
Steps beginners through the process of defining structural elements and then styling them.
Tableless layouts with Dreamweaver CS4 (ADOBE)
Shows you how to create a simple two-column CSS layout.
Creating a simple three-column design (ADOBE)
Shows you how to build a three-column design, including using the “faux column” technique
Dreamweaver CSS starter layouts (ADOBE)
An article written for Dreamweaver CS3, but still useful as the starter layouts did not change in CS4.
Create a page with a CSS layout (ADOBE)
The Dreamweaver CS4 Help doc equivalent to the above starter layouts article.
CSS layout (HTML SOURCE)
A popular article describing many of the most common terms and principles used for CSS layouts.
In Search of the Holy Grail (A LIST APART)
Elegant article on creating the “holy grail” of CSS layouts: the three-column, fixed-width sidebars, liquid center layout.