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

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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:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{yfonts,color}

\begin{document}

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

\end{document}


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