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Understanding text wrap

From: InDesign CS5 Essential Training

Video: Understanding text wrap

How do you get text to run around something else on your page? For example on this left page I don't want the text to run on top of this image. I want that image to kind of push the text away. Now I could just drag the bottom of the text frame up so that it's above the image, but it's actually more efficient for me to use text wrap. Some people call text wrap runaround but I'm going to call it text wrap, because that's the name of the panel in InDesign which you can find under the Window menu. The Text Wrap panel lets you control exactly where text should flow and where it shouldn't.

Understanding text wrap

How do you get text to run around something else on your page? For example on this left page I don't want the text to run on top of this image. I want that image to kind of push the text away. Now I could just drag the bottom of the text frame up so that it's above the image, but it's actually more efficient for me to use text wrap. Some people call text wrap runaround but I'm going to call it text wrap, because that's the name of the panel in InDesign which you can find under the Window menu. The Text Wrap panel lets you control exactly where text should flow and where it shouldn't.

In this case I am going to select the image in the background and I'm going to see that the first button in the Text Wrap panel is selected. That means no text wrap at all. But if I click on the second button, it means wrap around the frame. That's exactly what I wanted. You'll see the text no longer can go on top of this object. Now, I need to point out something important here. This image is actually behind the text frame and that's different than it works in QuarkXPress. In XPress the wrapping object has to be on top of the text frame, but here it can be below or above the frame.

Now if that freaks you out, if you don't like that very much, you can change that in the Preferences dialog box by going to the InDesign menu on Mac or the Edit menu in Windows and choose Composition. In the Composition pane of the Preferences dialog box there is an option for Text Wrap Only Affects Text Beneath. You might as well just call that the "make it work like QuarkXPress" feature there. I do not use that. I don't like it at all and I'm not going to turn it on. First of all, because it will stop the text wrap working in this document and second of all because I usually want my text above my images, especially if I'm using transparency. Because you want text above your transparency whenever possible.

So I leave that off but I at least wanted to let you know that it does exist. Once I have done that I see a problem. The caption for this image is overset. See that little red plus sign? That text won't fit in that frame, and in fact no matter how big I make that frame it still won't fit. Why? Well, because there is text wrap affecting it. Let me undo that with Cmd +Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows. The text wrap of the image below is affecting the caption and that's a problem. I want to see my caption of course.

So I need to tell InDesign that this frame should not be affected by text wrap, and I could do that by selecting the frame, so it has nothing to do with the image. I select the text frame and then go to the Object menu and choose Text Frame Options or Cmd+B or Ctrl+B. Look at this checkbox, Ignore Text Wrap. That sounds like it's exactly what I want. So I turn that on, click OK and we can see that suddenly the overset is gone and the caption shows up. All right, let's apply a little bit more text wrap. I'm going to apply the same text wrap over to this big image behind here, here we go, make that text wrap around that frame and I also wanted to apply text wrap to these images here.

I of course don't want the text to be flowing over those images. So to do that I need to select the images. They are actually behind these text frames so the easiest way for me to do that is to click between these frames, kind of right in the gutter there. I'm going to click and then Shift+Click and then Shift+Click and I've got all three images. And let's go ahead and apply the same text wrap, wrap around the frames. Now, when I do that I get some controls that highlight the middle of this panel and these let me control how far should the text wrap away from those objects.

If I want the text to be pushed further away I can simply increase the values here. For example, I'll make this go up to maybe 0.2 inches. I'll press Tab and notice that all of these fields are linked together. That's because the Link icon is turned on in the panel here. If I want there to be more space on the right than on the left I'll click that button. That breaks the link, and now I can change this value so maybe on the left side I want 0.125 inches instead. Hit Enter. And now I've got less space on the left than I do on the right.

Let's drag this vector image down here on top of this frame, right over there, and I'm going to zoom in on this with a Cmd+2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows, and I'm going to see that I'd like to have some text wrap around it. I don't want the text going on top of it. So let's look at some of these other options in the Text Wrap panel. The one we've been looking at forces of the text to wrap around the frame. Even though that's in this case a rectangular shape, so that's not really handy, I'm going to skip past the third on and show you the fourth and fifth. The fourth button means jump over the frame, jump over the offending object so that I have text above it and below it, but not on the left or right sides.

The last button forces the text to skip to the next column so I will not have any text wrap to the left or right or below the image. But none of those suit this situation. I want the text to wrap around it in kind of a circle. So I'm going to click on button number three, wrap around the content of the frame. Now, it doesn't look right, does it? It's not the effect that I'm looking for. The reason has to do with the Contour Options, and let's look down here at this pop-up menu. The Contour Options pop-up menu is currently set to Same as Clipping.

Now if this actually had a clipping path, it would work. If this were an image that had transparency like a Photoshop or a pixel image that had transparency, it would work. But it does not work well at all with these kinds of vector images, like images from Illustrator. In these situations, I need to change the Contour Options from Same as Clipping to Detect Edges. That's telling InDesign to go in and look for the edges, look for what's white in here and make me a text wrap that's applicable. So this is getting closer, but we still have a little bit of work to do here.

The Wrap Options pop-up menu lets me control where the text will wrap. Right now, it's set to Both Right & Left Sides. That's why I'm seeing text on both sides of the image. Generally, you want to push it one side or the other, and you have various options here. Perhaps you want it just on the right side or just the left side. The option I usually choose though is Largest Area. Largest Area means in this case it'll be on the left side but if I move this image to the left side of the column the text would go around the right side. Wherever the largest amount of space is the text will flow.

Now we're really getting close, but I'd like to move the text a little bit farther away. So I'm going to move the text wrap to about a quarter of an inch. That pushes it a little bit farther away from the graphic. Notice that I only have one field to control here. That's because when you are wrapping around a shape like this circle, there is no top, bottom, left and right. There is just, how far do you want to push away in all directions. Now I want to point out something else here too. Look at this red line around my graphic. That's my text wrap line. I can actually see where the wrap is.

Where InDesign made the text wrap when I chose Detect Edges. You only see that when you have the image selected inside the frame. For example, if I choose Select Container, that goes away. Now the frame is selected, not the image. I can drag this around and you can see that the text wrap works, flowing around the proper side of the image, and when I drag it to the right side the text flows around the left side again. But I see that there's just too much space here below the image. This is a classic problem with text wrap in InDesign.

Some day Adobe is going to figure this out, but in the meantime they leave it up to us to edit the text wrap manually to get it to exactly the way we want it. To edit the text wrap, to really fine- tune that path, you need to have the image selected, so you can see it. So I'll click on the Select Content button here. Now I see the red line and then you need to use either the Pen tool or the white arrow tool. I'm going to click the white arrow, the Direct Selection tool first, and you can see that this lets me come in here and fine-tune every point on that Bezier path.

As I move it, the text wrap changes. Now I'll hit the P key to switch to the Pen tool because this will let me actually remove points from here. I'll click on that point to delete it, click on a couple of more points here to delete those, hit A to switch back to the Direct Selection tool and then move this point up. You generally need to move it higher than you'd expect in order for the text to move around the bottom of an image. Telling InDesign where you want your text to flow and where you don't want it to flow is in an essential part of good layout. Text Wrap makes that process easy.

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      20s

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