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    Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps - June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway

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    Why not start that next page layout of yours with a bang? Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps is a collection of over 26 unique characters, saved to a single Xara file, written as JPEGs to great quality and modest file size. Up to 300 dpi printing at character sizes greater than 2½” square, and you can use Xara’s Contone feature to your heart’s delight to recolor them. Dimensional Drop Caps make dropping stuff more fun than ever!

    Get Gare's Dimensional Drop Caps and then show us how you use drop caps in your layouts.
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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    Gare. you should have taken part in the Drop Cap challenge, they are so cool, I love them. I was going to post a couple more but after seeing those I have second thoughts. Mine seem so common and lacking in creativity in comparison.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    These are just awesome. And I mean AWESOME.

    So, I thought I would have a go at putting one, to use.
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    Featured Artist on Xara Xone . May 2011
    . A Shield . My First Tutorial
    . Bottle Cap . My Second Tutorial on Xara Xone

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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    @ Larry—

    It was an odd coincidence that I was working on this set as you had a Challenge going on for drop caps! I'm glad you approve of my part-time hobby here. It was my own design challenge to make a set that adhered to a similar style from character to character.

    @ Rik—Have fun and I'm glad to see one of the characters put to good use! With your layout, technically the capital is not dropped, but it's still an ornamental cap. Drop cap I believes making the first line of a paragraph flush with the cap, but hey. At least the capital of England is correct!

    Capital, capitol, get it?

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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    I do know what you mean, about the drop-cap, Gary.
    And I did do that first.
    Crazily, I liked the 'C' to go with the Capital of Britain.

    But, to be correct in its usage, I shall do it properly!
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    Featured Artist on Xara Xone . May 2011
    . A Shield . My First Tutorial
    . Bottle Cap . My Second Tutorial on Xara Xone

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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    Oh, Rik, I was just kidding a little before (hopefully) I get the good news this morning from the surgeon that I'm good to use a cane instead of the blasted walker! It means I can then take the stairs and we have a 55" TV set that needs some watching.

    An initial cap is good as a rising cap or a drop cap, and you, forget the word "technically" for a moment: even expert typographers refer to an initial cap at large point size as a "drop cap", just as we call bitmap resolution "dots per inch", when in reality, scans are "samples per inch", and paint programs use "pixels per inch." We favor simple ideas and simple speech these days! :(

    And coincidentally, I'm as happy with the C design as I am the L. Some characters were more difficult to realize than others. I had a ball with Q, not that it shows. :)

    Would anyone like to venture forth and draw one of these bitmap drop caps? You are all free to do what you please with them, as long as you don't take credit for their invention, try to sell them, or use them as a promotion you repost. This is what Creative Commons licensing essentially says, by the way.

    I want our membership to have the broadest possible usage of them. They took me long enough to invent (several of them on a sketch pad in the hospital!); you might as well get the most mileage out of them.

    Enjoy!
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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    Nice work Rik, well laid out and I do prefer the L in #5 fits nicely with the text.

    Stygg

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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

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    Thanks for your input and comments, Gary and stygg.

    Gary: When you say, "Would anyone like to venture forth and draw one of these bitmap drop caps?"
    Do you mean:
    1. Come up with something new to replace the letters.
    (Which would require quite a bit of imagination. And more often than not, it's extremely difficult to better an original.)
    or
    2. Recreate the letters (which would be quite a challenge).

    Featured Artist on Xara Xone . May 2011
    . A Shield . My First Tutorial
    . Bottle Cap . My Second Tutorial on Xara Xone

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    Default Re: June 2015 Xara Xone Giveaway - Gare’s Dimensional Drop Caps -

    Now that you mention it, Rik, I'd invite anyone to visualize a more fitting design for any of the characters, but I meant, "Recreate an original using vector shapes." By vectorizing them, they can be scaled to fit any size. The bitmap can go up to about 5" on a side if you use poor resolution like an inkjet printer.

    Oh, just have fun with them and don't listen to me any more! :)

    -g

 

 

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