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How to create drop caps effect using CSS

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Answer: Use the CSS ::first-letter pseudo-element

You can use the CSS ::first-letter pseudo-element to create beautiful drop caps for your articles. Drop caps are simply the first capital letter of a paragraph in much larger font size that has the depth of two or more lines of normal text. Let's check out an example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Drop Caps with CSS</title>
<style>
    p::first-letter {
        float: left;
        font-size: 5em;
        font-weight: bold;
        line-height: 1;
        text-shadow: 2px 2px 6px #000;
        margin: -0.07em 0.1em -0.1em 0;
    }
</style>
</head>
<body>
    <p>Tempor ipsum dolor sit amet...</p>
</body>
</html>

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