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Wrapping text around objects

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Video: Wrapping text around objects

A technique often used in page layout is something called a text wrap. That's where you have text that wraps around a specific shape. Now, if we take a closer look at this flyer right here in this document called text_wrap, you can see that I have this nice heart-shaped made of flowers, and this beautiful circle here made of flowers. And maybe I want my body copy to wrap around that flowers so that the words don't run into the actually yellow flowers here, but they kind of run around it. So I have a regular area text frame that exists right here with some text inside of it, and then when I've also done is I've drawn a separate path here. This is just a regular path that I drew inside of Illustrator.

Wrapping text around objects

A technique often used in page layout is something called a text wrap. That's where you have text that wraps around a specific shape. Now, if we take a closer look at this flyer right here in this document called text_wrap, you can see that I have this nice heart-shaped made of flowers, and this beautiful circle here made of flowers. And maybe I want my body copy to wrap around that flowers so that the words don't run into the actually yellow flowers here, but they kind of run around it. So I have a regular area text frame that exists right here with some text inside of it, and then when I've also done is I've drawn a separate path here. This is just a regular path that I drew inside of Illustrator.

I actually used the Path Finder command to combine both a circle and a rectangle here, to just get me this shape, which gives me a basic outline around the object here. Now, the way that text wraps work inside of Illustrator is that it has really nothing to do with the text itself. We basically have an attribute that we can apply to any object inside of Illustrator, and that attribute basically tells text whether or not to overlap the object or wrap around the bounds of the object. So in order for text wraps to work inside of Illustrator, we need to do two things.

First, we need to create a path and we need to ensure that path is sitting on top of the text in the stacking order. The second thing we need to do is we need to turn on this attribute for this particular shape. So this shape right now does sit on top of the text. It's above it in the stacking order. So now what I would do is I would go to the Object menu. Again, I'm not going to the Type menu, because the attribute that I'm about to apply applies to the object itself. It really has nothing to do with text. I'm going to scroll down here to the bottom where it says Text Wrap, and I'll choose Make.

In doing so, any text that comes now near that object is going to wrap around it. It's almost like there is some force field around this shape right here and no text can come within that force field. Now, there are a few options that I can adjust specifically for text wraps. With the object selected, I'm going to go back to the Object menu, I'll choose Text Wrap, and then I'll choose Text Wrap Options. And here I can first choose a preview, which shows me a little highlighted area about where that text wrap is. And I can also choose an Offset value. Right now it's set to an Offset of 6 points.

So you can almost see right here there's a shape and then there is like a second line. To actually see that a little bit more clearly, let me increase this value to maybe 20 points. See, now you can see that I have this separate line that's acting as a text wrap. That's my force field. And here's my original object. But I actually want the text to come right up to the object itself. I already created some kind of buffer space when I drew the actual shape itself away from the flowers, as you can see over here. So I'm going to change my Offset to have a value of 0, hit the Tab key to accept it, and now I'm going to click OK.

Now, if I deselect the shape here, this looks great. The text actually wraps around it. But of course I don't actually want to see the object that I used to create this text wrap. So I'm simply going to now select this shape and I'm going to set its stroke to none. This way it doesn't have a color. I basically used the shape that has no fill and no stroke, simply to create the text wrap around that flower. If at any point I want to remove that text wrap, I can either just delete the object. Remember, that object has that attribute applied to it. Or I can select a shape itself, and I'm going to click over here to select. Then I'll go back to the Object menu, I'll choose Text Wrap, and then I'll choose Release.

So those are the ways that you can actually have these layout functions working for you inside of Illustrator. A text wrap can be a really fun and an effective way to add interest to the layout of your page.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Art, typography, and Illustrator
      4m 23s
    3. Using the exercise files
      26s
  2. 38m 30s
    1. Knowing Illustrator's limitations
      5m 47s
    2. The three type objects in Illustrator
      11m 18s
    3. Area type, point type, and the bounding box
      4m 35s
    4. The difference between type and text
      3m 42s
    5. Unicode: consistent type for all
      4m 23s
    6. Bringing text from Microsoft Word into Illustrator
      8m 45s
  3. 39m 51s
    1. Understanding font types
      6m 28s
    2. Using the Glyphs panel
      8m 30s
    3. OpenType support and automatic glyph replacement
      9m 43s
    4. Previewing fonts as you use them
      5m 0s
    5. Converting text into editable vector paths
      6m 19s
    6. Using the Find Font feature
      3m 51s
  4. 49m 4s
    1. Setting up the document
      12m 26s
    2. Basic character settings and keyboard shortcuts
      7m 28s
    3. Kerning, tracking, and optical kerning
      13m 6s
    4. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      4m 38s
    5. Using the Baseline Shift and Character Rotation options
      7m 28s
    6. Using underlines and strikethroughs
      2m 5s
    7. Working with small caps, superscript, and subscript
      1m 53s
  5. 46m 36s
    1. Basic paragraph settings and keyboard shortcuts
      6m 47s
    2. Setting tabs and leaders
      11m 51s
    3. Setting indents and spacing
      9m 6s
    4. Understanding hyphenation and justification settings
      10m 28s
    5. Understanding the composers in Illustrator
      8m 24s
  6. 16m 7s
    1. Threading text across multiple objects
      8m 17s
    2. Adding multiple text columns in a single object
      3m 29s
    3. Specifying an inset for area type objects
      4m 21s
  7. 32m 53s
    1. Text styles in Illustrator
      7m 6s
    2. Defining and modifying character styles
      10m 40s
    3. Defining and modifying paragraph styles
      5m 0s
    4. Understanding the style override
      5m 3s
    5. Sharing styles across documents
      2m 10s
    6. Changing default type settings
      2m 54s
  8. 37m 9s
    1. Aligning text margins and indents optically
      3m 53s
    2. Creating non-breaking text
      2m 36s
    3. Changing case
      1m 39s
    4. Using smart punctuation
      5m 12s
    5. Selecting type objects easily
      3m 20s
    6. Understanding hidden text codes
      2m 20s
    7. Checking spelling
      3m 3s
    8. Using language support to your advantage
      3m 41s
    9. Changing text with Find and Replace
      3m 54s
    10. Finding substituted fonts and glyphs
      3m 55s
    11. Wrapping text around objects
      3m 36s
  9. 16m 47s
    1. Setting type along a path
      10m 22s
    2. The difference between open and closed paths
      6m 25s
  10. 10m 57s
    1. Understanding legacy text
      4m 23s
    2. Updating legacy text
      6m 34s
  11. 1m 16s
    1. Next steps
      1m 16s

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