[Tex/LaTex] How to create documents in LaTeX using a calligraphic first letter for chapters


Books often have a special letter (often spanning two lines) at the beginning of chapters. How can I create this in LaTeX?

Best Answer

The LaTeX Companion suggests looking at the lettrine package. However the usage seems to be a bit complicated and you need suitable fonts.

If you also accept fraktur letters, then the yfonts package has a very easy solution:




\yinipar{\color{red}L}orem ipsum [...]


This results in yinipar example. The Companion suggests setting the paragraph with \fraklines to get better spacing. See what you like better.