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Applying a text wrap

From: InDesign Typography

Video: Applying a text wrap

In this chapter we are going to talk about Text Wraps and how to get good quality Text Wraps in InDesign. Starting out with a basic Text Wrap around a bounding box, and that's what I have here. I am going to come to my Text Wrap panel. For all intents and purposes, we have three different types of Text Wrap. And they are, No text wrap, i.e., the picture just lands on top of the text or the text goes on top of the picture; Wrap around bounding box, which is the option we are currently looking at; and Wrap around object shape, which we use when we want to wrap text around in a regular shape.

Applying a text wrap

In this chapter we are going to talk about Text Wraps and how to get good quality Text Wraps in InDesign. Starting out with a basic Text Wrap around a bounding box, and that's what I have here. I am going to come to my Text Wrap panel. For all intents and purposes, we have three different types of Text Wrap. And they are, No text wrap, i.e., the picture just lands on top of the text or the text goes on top of the picture; Wrap around bounding box, which is the option we are currently looking at; and Wrap around object shape, which we use when we want to wrap text around in a regular shape.

There are these two other options, Jump object, and Jump to next column. And they are seldom used, but they do this. If I do that it's going to literally jump the whole of the object, and this one would then push all of the text after the Text Wrap into the next column. When you specify a Text Wrap, you also specify its Offset, and that's this value right here. When the chain is unbroken, all four sides of the Offset will be the same. What's tricky about Text Wraps is having the Offset look optically even.

The best way to achieve this and really the only foolproof way to achieve it is to combine your use of Text Wraps with the use of a baseline grid and to make sure that the Text Wrap Offset amount us equal to the baseline grid increment, more on that later. For now, let's just look at the issue of when we are creating a Text Wrap around the straight sided object as we are here, is it best to use left align text or justified text? Well, both can present challenges.

Of course, when you are placing an object within your column, you are narrowing your column. When you on narrowing your column, you are more likely to get uneven word spacing. That problem is probably more noticeable with justified text. However, working with justified text and Text Wraps has one distinct advantage. And that is that it creates a more even wrap around the objects. You'll see over here on the right-hand side the text is left aligned, but in the first column we have a very ragged wrap around the object.

So it's not accentuating the contours of the object. And if I come to my Layers panel, I can turn on this extra layer, and I will turn off layer 1. We can see that those are the different shapes that our Text Wraps are creating, a nice even shape when using justified text, and a ragged shape on one of our four sides when using left aligned text. I am going to move to the next page, and we are going to look at some of the other issues involved.

Let's now have a look at some of the Wrap Options. Typically you want to wrap to both left and right-hand sides, and that's what's going on here. In the case of this image I am using an Alpha Channel, which means that InDesign is using the Alpha Channel that is embedded in the document to determine the shape of the wrap. Now that Alpha Channel is only in there because I, the user, or somebody else, put it in there. Let's just go and take a look at this document in Photoshop.

So I am going to come to my Links panel, and I am going to right-click on that choose Edit With > Photoshop CS6. And there we see the document, and this document has a layer mask included with it, and it's that layer mask that InDesign is recognizing and using to create text wrap offset. If you do not have a layer mask embedded in the document, and you don't feel confident about creating one in Photoshop, you do have the option of choosing Detect Edges, but the result that you will get will be very unpredictable, and unless the image is against a solid and contrasting color with a good deal of contrast around the edges of the image, then the Detect Edges option probably won't give you what you are after.

As well as recognizing an Alpha Channel, InDesign would if there were one in the document recognize a Photoshop Path. So Photoshop Paths and Alpha Channels are two different approaches to cutting out or isolating the image. There may be times when you want to wrap to the left or the right side of the image, and that's what I have done here with our friend Ducky. Because sometimes--and this is one of the things we need to watch out for when using Text Wraps--we can create islands of text that gets stranded around the object.

And there are different ways to avoid this, but a quick fix in this case would be just to choose to wrap to the left side, and that's going to move that text out of the way of the right side of the object. Some other considerations. This is almost always a bad idea, placing an image in a single column of text and then wrapping text around it. And the reason it's a bad idea, and InDesign is not going to stop you from doing it-- in fact, it has one preference that will slightly change the result that you'll get when doing exactly this.

But I would say it's not a good idea because your reader is more likely-- if they were on this line, for example-- they are more likely to go down here to read the next line in this column than jump the image to read across the column. So when you are working with Text Wraps, you are usually working with multiple columns or you are offsetting the image and something like that would be a far more effective treatment.

So there we have the basics of working with Text Wraps, the different types of Text Wraps, setting the Offset amount, determining the Wrap options, and just an aesthetic consideration about not placing an image wholly within a single column of text and then putting a Text Wrap on that image.

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InDesign Typography

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
    3. Customizing the workspace for type
      2m 18s
  2. 55m 41s
    1. Working with text frames
      8m 26s
    2. Using a primary text frame (CS6 only)
      3m 59s
    3. Understanding text flow methods
      6m 25s
    4. Understanding text threads
      3m 40s
    5. Understanding Smart Text Reflow
      2m 27s
    6. Mocking up pages with placeholder text
      5m 47s
    7. Placing multiple text files
      3m 50s
    8. Using Auto-Size text frames (CS6 only)
      4m 1s
    9. Copying and pasting vs. placing
      2m 25s
    10. Cleaning up text with Find/Change
      5m 46s
    11. Using the Story Editor
      3m 41s
    12. Spanning columns
      5m 14s
  3. 45m 50s
    1. Choosing your type
      6m 46s
    2. Understanding text essentials
      6m 37s
    3. Scaling type
      2m 27s
    4. Using italic and oblique type
      4m 33s
    5. Working with condensed and extended type
      4m 26s
    6. Setting type in all caps
      3m 46s
    7. Setting type in small caps
      4m 21s
    8. Underlining type
      4m 11s
    9. Using superscript and subscript
      4m 35s
    10. Applying baseline shift
      4m 8s
  4. 16m 6s
    1. Understanding type anatomy
      3m 25s
    2. Exploring serif and sans serif
      2m 48s
    3. Comparing points, picas, and ems
      8m 34s
    4. What's in a name?
      1m 19s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Setting leading
      4m 56s
    2. Avoiding auto-leading
      4m 12s
    3. Leading shortcuts and preferences
      4m 7s
    4. Using autoleading with inline graphics
      3m 12s
  6. 21m 25s
    1. Defining kerning and tracking
      2m 5s
    2. Understanding kerning methods
      5m 10s
    3. When and how to kern
      5m 53s
    4. When and how to track
      8m 17s
  7. 45m 48s
    1. Working with quotes, primes, and apostrophes
      8m 16s
    2. Using dashes
      5m 24s
    3. Using ellipses
      2m 56s
    4. Working with accents and special characters
      4m 1s
    5. Using space characters
      4m 15s
    6. Working with ligatures
      4m 29s
    7. Setting fractions
      3m 56s
    8. Using lining and proportional numerals
      2m 49s
    9. Using alternates, swashes, and ornaments
      5m 2s
    10. Working with optical sizes
      4m 40s
  8. 57m 20s
    1. Understanding alignment
      3m 47s
    2. Working with left-aligned type
      3m 24s
    3. Working with justified type
      7m 5s
    4. Using Optical Margin Alignment
      3m 39s
    5. Determining column width
      4m 53s
    6. Working with center alignment
      5m 36s
    7. Working with right alignment
      1m 22s
    8. Aligning to or away from the spine
      1m 50s
    9. Understanding the Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer
      3m 44s
    10. Combining alignments
      9m 20s
    11. Using hanging punctuation
      2m 13s
    12. Working with vertical alignment
      10m 27s
  9. 14m 9s
    1. Using first-line indents
      2m 26s
    2. Using indent alternatives
      2m 3s
    3. Working with left and right indents
      4m 0s
    4. Using last-line indents and outdents
      1m 26s
    5. Using paragraph spacing
      4m 14s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. Setting hyphenation
      6m 14s
    2. Working with line breaks and discretionary hyphens
      4m 48s
    3. Balancing ragged lines
      1m 36s
    4. Using the No Break feature and non-breaking characters
      2m 52s
    5. Using frame, column, and page breaks
      3m 42s
    6. Defining Keep Options
      4m 7s
  11. 37m 53s
    1. Understanding tabs
      8m 58s
    2. Considerations for table text
      3m 55s
    3. Table tips and tricks
      11m 55s
    4. Creating a bulleted list
      6m 50s
    5. Creating a numbered list
      3m 46s
    6. Creating a multi-level numbered list
      2m 29s
  12. 23m 12s
    1. Understanding drop caps
      11m 3s
    2. Navigating tricky drop caps
      5m 14s
    3. Using a nested character style with a drop cap
      3m 59s
    4. Other uses of drop caps
      2m 56s
  13. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding paragraph and character styles
      7m 13s
    2. Creating, applying, and editing styles
      7m 3s
    3. Removing overrides
      4m 58s
    4. Creating and applying character styles
      5m 4s
    5. Creating and applying nested styles
      12m 30s
    6. Using GREP styles (regular expressions)
      4m 8s
    7. Creating and applying sequential styles
      6m 19s
    8. Using paragraph rules creatively
      11m 48s
    9. Mapping Word styles
      6m 12s
    10. Working with anchored objects and object styles
      6m 24s
  14. 25m 30s
    1. Applying a text wrap
      6m 7s
    2. Making items ignore a text wrap
      1m 46s
    3. Using text wraps for flexible layouts
      3m 2s
    4. Working with difficult text wraps
      8m 39s
    5. Inverting text wraps
      2m 7s
    6. Setting text wrap preferences
      3m 49s
  15. 29m 33s
    1. Choosing a page size and setting margins
      6m 33s
    2. Setting up columns
      2m 53s
    3. Dividing a page into rows
      3m 27s
    4. Setting up a baseline grid
      5m 40s
    5. Handling baseline grid problems
      3m 37s
    6. Baseline grid tricks
      7m 23s
  16. 12m 19s
    1. Looking at screen documents
      4m 2s
    2. Setting size, leading, and line length onscreen
      3m 13s
    3. Exploring typefaces designed for the screen
      3m 36s
    4. Accessibility: Contrast and color
      1m 28s
  17. 28s
    1. Goodbye
      28s

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