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In this installment of Illustrator Insider Training, author Mordy Golding shows how to create type that’s both beautiful and communicative, whether it’s destined for logos, brochures, signs, infographics, or simple documents. This course covers core typography concepts, such as working with Unicode and OpenType fonts, applying character and paragraph settings, managing text with styles and text threads, placing text along a path, and wrapping text around graphics.
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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