Indesign Text Wrap

By Tom Gillan

Text Wrap in Adobe Indesign is an automated feature, straight-forward to use and integral to the creation of great layout design. We show you how in our Adobe Indesign courses.

To see how Text Wrap works, first create a new document. Then create some Placeholder text by selecting the Type tool and creating a large text box to fill the page. Then right-click and choose Fill with Placeholder Text. This will result in the text box being filled with some dummy text, also known as Lorem Ipsum. This is a text document that has been used by publishers since the early days of the Gutenburg Press 500 years ago. It allows the publisher to see how text would look on a page without being distracted by the words’ meaning. It is in fact a Latin text by the first century Roman orator Cicero on the meaning of beauty! So, we now have a block of text on our page.

Then on the Pasteboard on the side of the page create an image placeholder with the Rectangular Frame tool. Go to the File drop-down menu, choose Place and browse to an image of your choice. Hit OK. Then right-click on the image and choose Fitting and Fill Frame Proportionally. Go to the Selection tool and drag the image onto the text. Note that the text does not automatically recognize the image. So go to the Window drop-down menu and choose text Wrap. A dialog box will open with various options. Note that by default the far left option of No Text Wrap is selected. Click on the next button to the right, Wrap Around Bounding Box, which is basically your image frame. The text will then jump off the image. It’s still butted up against the frame edge though – not the most pleasing design. So experiment with the Offset arrow buttons – usually a value of 2 or 3mm is enough space between the image and text. Note that by default all the value are the same for top, bottom and sides – this is due to the chain icon at the side. Click this if you need to break the chain and add separate values.

The next option to the right is Wrap Around Object Shape – this is useful for making text jump away from basic shapes like circles or shapes you’ve created with the Pen tool, like wave-form contours. Note that only one Offset option is available here. The next option is Jump Objects which makes the text jump over the image or shape, similar to the first option but creating white space at each side of the text column. And the last option is Jump to Next Column which is good for creating new sections or page breaks.

Then move your image around the page to see how the text responds. You could also save this effect as an Object Style for easy application to other images, which will be saved with the document.

Indesign’s versatility has made it the industry-leader in the creative world. It is by far the best page layout software program, providing great features for truly stunning designs. Our courses aim to deliver a good understanding of best practices in using Adobe Indesign in the design environment.

Tom Gillan has been training Adobe Indesign to corporate clients in Sydney for seven years. Visit Design Workshop Sydney website now for more information .

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