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In my document I want to color the first letter in my paragraph (among other things). I already found out how to set the first letter as initial, but now I also want to change its color based on the template used for the paragraph. Is that possible?

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  • Does the below answer your question? – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Jun 15 '16 at 13:18
  • @Darth_Vader: Will test tomorrow, I have no access to InDesign from my home computer... – arc_lupus Jun 15 '16 at 19:37
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I'm going to take a slightly different approach to solving this. While he is definitely not wrong, Darth's method will involve you having to apply your style to each character manually—a process that could be very time consuming on a large document.

I'll show you how to do it automatically.

  • Open your Paragraph Style Options and go to the Drop Caps and Nested Styles tab

  • Click on New Nested Style

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  • Click on the section that says Word and select Characters from the drop down

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  • Click where it says [None] and select New Character Style...

  • Choose whatever style settings you would like the first character of each paragraph to have and click Ok. In this case, I chose to have the first character of each paragraph be displayed in Impact font, 18pt, Magenta.

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The final result:

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Every paragraph with this style will have the uniquely styled first letter. To change the styles, you can simply edit your newly created Character Style

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  • Hmm, my first letter still is black, not magenta, even if I added the nested char style... – arc_lupus Jun 16 '16 at 13:46
  • @arc_lupus maybe make sure you don't have any style overrides enabled? You can disable them by clicking this button. Otherwise, I'm not sure why it's not working for you. I'd have to see it for myself. – Manly Jun 16 '16 at 15:14
  • Where exactly can I find that button? – arc_lupus Jun 17 '16 at 7:41
  • @arc_lupus i.imgur.com/oDxzkPd.png – Manly Jun 20 '16 at 2:28
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This can be done by setting the first letter as a character style. I call mine drop_cap:

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After applying the character style you can open the style and go to Character Color to change it:

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I think you should read up on character and paragraph styles, from Adobe: "Paragraph and character styles".

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  • You would have to manually apply this to each character though, right? Is there a way to automate it? It seems to me that's what OP was asking about...maybe I misinterpreted it. – Manly Jun 15 '16 at 15:39
  • I didnt see that from the OP or I would've made the edit for the tag. I do imagine that you could do it through scripting. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Jun 15 '16 at 15:40
  • They said "but now I also want to change its color based on the template used for the paragraph" so I took that to mean automatically, but maybe I'm wrong. – Manly Jun 15 '16 at 15:42
  • well if the document was built correctly and styled correctly one edit to the style itself should effect everything applied to that. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Jun 15 '16 at 15:44
  • Decided to post my own answer, to show what I meant haha – Manly Jun 15 '16 at 16:10

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