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Adobe InDesign CS3

Using Text Wrap

Text Wrap allows you to shape your text around an object in a number of ways in order to place an object anywhere in a text block. If you no longer want to use text wrap around an object, it can easily be removed.

return to topWrapping Text to a Standard Boundary

The option Wrap Around Bounding Box applies the standard rectangular boundary around the selected object; the Jump Object option moves the text above and below the boundary, while the Jump to Next Column option moves the text from beside or below the boundary to the next column.

  1. In the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the desired object

  3. If the Text Wrap palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Text Wrap
    The Text Wrap palette appears.
    Text Wrap palette

  4. Select the desired text wrap option

  5. To set the space between the text and the object (offset distance), in the Text Wrap palette, use the Offset text boxes or nudge buttons to indicate the desired values
    NOTES:
    To move text away from the edges of the boundary, use positive numbers.
    To move text closer to the edges of the frame, use negative numbers.

return to topWrapping Text to a Custom Shape

The option Wrap Around Object Shape allows you to customize the boundary that text wraps to, giving the wrapped text edge the same shape as the selected object. The boundary can be customized by dragging anchor points around the shape of the object.

NOTE: This option is only available with independent graphics.

  1. In the Toolbox, select the Direct Selection ToolDirect Selection Tool icon

  2. Select the desired object

  3. If the Text Wrap palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Text Wrap
    The Text Wrap palette appears.
    Text Wrap palette

  4. From the Text Wrap palette, click WRAP AROUND OBJECT SHAPEWrap around object shape icon
    A blue border with anchor points appears around the object.

  5. To set additional anchor points,
    1. In the Toolbox, select the Add Anchor Point ToolAdd Anchor Point Tool icon
    2. Click along the blue boundary of the image/object
      NOTE: The Add Anchor Point Tool is accessed through the Pen Tool.

  6. To remove anchor points,
    1. In the Toolbox, select the Delete Anchor Point ToolDelete Anchor Point Tool icon
    2. Click the anchor points you want to remove
      NOTE: The Delete Anchor Point Tool is accessed through the Pen Tool.

  7. To shape the boundary of the object to the desired contour,
    1. In the Toolbox, select the Direct Selection ToolDirect Selection Tool icon
    2. Click and drag the anchor points to the desired position

  8. Repeat steps 5-7 until the boundary is of the desired shape

  9. To set the space between the text and the object (offset distance), in the Text Wrap palette, use the Top Offset text box or nudge buttons to indicate the desired value
    NOTES:
    You can only enter one offset value. This value is used for all sides of the text wrap.
    To move text away from the edges of the boundary, use positive numbers.
    To move text closer to the edges of the frame, use negative numbers.
    Custom Wrap example

return to topRemoving Text Wrap

If you no longer want to use a text wrap around an object, it can be removed.

  1. In the Toolbox, select the Selection ToolSelection Tool icon

  2. Select the object

  3. If the Text Wrap palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Text Wrap
    The Text Wrap palette appears.
    Text Wrap palette

  4. From the Text Wrap palette, click NO TEXT WRAPNo Text Wrap icon
    The text wrap is removed.

return to topText Wrap Options

You have five options when wrapping text around an object. The options offered by InDesign are described here. Each one will achieve a slightly different effect in your publication.

Button Function Description
No Text Wrap button
No Text Wrap Uses no text wrapping. Text will be displayed on top of or underneath the object (depending on the stack order).
Wrap Around Bounding Box button
Wrap Around Bounding Box Creates a rectangular text wrap, regardless of the shape of the selected object.
Wrap Around Object Shape button
Wrap Around Object Shape Creates a text wrap boundary with the same shape as the selected object.
Jump Object button
Jump Object Moves text from the right and left of the object's text wrap boundary to the area above and below the boundary.
Jump to Next Column button
Jump to Next Column Moves text from beside or below the object to the top of the next column or text frame.

 

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