I'd like to have a dropped capital matching the uppercase height. The lettrine package does a pretty good job with the loversize option, but it misaligns with the imaginary grid.

Is there any way to redefine the L@height so that it automatically matches the «grid»? I mean:

  1. The top of the dropped capital must visually match the uppercase line, instead of the default lowercase line;
  2. The added length doesn't have to move the baselineskip

The MWE which reproduces the «misalignment»

    \begin{tikzpicture}[overlay,remember picture]
    (current page.north east)
    rectangle (current page.south west);
    (current page.south west) grid[step=\baselineskip]
    (current page.north east);

Dropped capital with loversize on a grid

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    \lettrine[lines=4,loversize=.2]{\smash{L}}{orem} – egreg Feb 8 '15 at 15:47
  • @egreg It works! Please, post it as an answer. Is it possible as well to do it automatically (as with \DefaultLoversize)? – Ludenticus Feb 8 '15 at 15:54

You can \smash the letter, so it won't occupy any vertical space:


The best thing to do for making this automatic is to define a macro:


so you'll input it as


The optional argument can still be used for specifying additional keys for \lettrine.

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I'm not sure from a typographical point of view that such an overshoot is good; think to a dropped capital that's at the beginning of a page.

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