# On Sizing and Positioning Drop Caps

I would like to make use of drop caps so that they appear as follows:

Unfortunately, with the code

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{color}
\definecolor{Red}{RGB}{157,16, 45}
\usepackage{lettrine}
\input GoudyIn.fd
\newcommand*\initfamily{\usefont{U}{GoudyIn}{xl}{n}}
\begin{document}
\large
\lettrine[lines=3]{\color{Red}{\initfamily{A}}}{\color{Red}s} the inclinations and judgments of writers have been different, so have they disposed themselves to treat of different matters.---Some, charmed with the beauty of eloquence,
\end{document}


The output looks like this:

I would like to be able to:

1. increase the size of the drop cap to resemble that given by the first output;
2. and have the rest of the sentence begin below the top of the drop cap as illustrated again in the first output (It seems that when lines=3 is specified, it does not mean that the output will be the same).

Would someone show me how this can be done? Thank you.

• There is other options for \lettrine. f.e. loversize. Oct 20 '20 at 23:57
• \renewcommand*{\DefaultLoversize}{0.1} will increase the size of the lettrine by 10%, but I can’t reproduce the problem you’re experiencing. Oct 21 '20 at 16:32

I tried your code (as below)

% lettrineprob.tex  SE 567648
\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{color}
\definecolor{Red}{RGB}{157,16, 45}
\usepackage{lettrine}
\input GoudyIn.fd
\newcommand*\initfamily{\usefont{U}{GoudyIn}{xl}{n}}
\begin{document}
\large
\lettrine[lines=3]{\color{Red}{\initfamily{A}}}{\color{Red}s} the inclinations
and judgments of writers have been different, so have they disposed
themselves to treat of different matters.---Some, charmed with the beauty of
eloquence,
\end{document}


and got this result, which seems to be what you are after.

• That’s what I got too. Must be something about the O.P.’s default paper size or package versions that’s unusual. Oct 21 '20 at 17:53
• Yes. That's exactly what I'm looking for, but when I run the code I posted, I get the undesirable output. Thank you for checking though. Oct 21 '20 at 20:33