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So what do we do when good Text Wraps go bad? These are some common problems that you might encounter when working with Text Wraps. So it's great fun and very visually compelling when you get it right to wrap text around an irregular shape. However, the problems that you are likely to encounter are these where you get trapped words as well as bad word spacing. Firstly, the bad word spacing, which I don't have an example of here, but the simple solution there is don't put Text Wraps in narrow columns, simple as that, prevention being the best medicine.
But here let's say that we really want our ducky at this position or close to this position, how do we fix this problem, and this problem? Well, sometimes a simple nudge may be all that you need. So I am going to select the picture, and I am just going to judge it up a little bit. Three nudges has fixed the problem, I am now going to undo that and approach in a slightly different way. Because sometimes you may find that the problem is more persistent than that and nudging your picture is not going to do it, in which case you have the option of adjusting manually the Text Wrap Offset.
So we have seen here, here is where we specify the Offset. Now when you choose to wrap around an object shape, you only have one Offset value, and it's going to maintain that value around the object shape. You might try increasing or decreasing the amount of Offset, and that will probably have a similar degree of success as nudging the object itself. But if you were to come and select the picture content, and I am going to move over the image so that I get my content selector and click on that.
Now, if you're all working with earlier than CS5, of course you won't have a Content Selector, it didn't exist prior to then, in which case you can come and choose your Direct Selection tool and click on the image. However, you get there, you need to know the image is selected, you are looking at the inverse color of whatever is your layout color, in this case brown--blue being my layer color--and we can now see my Text Wrap Offset outline, and I can edit that path. That's all it is. It's a vector path.
I can edit the path either with my Direct Selection tool, which is what I have there, and I can pull those anchor points down until eventually they move out of the way of the text. I can also--if I need to do a little bit more than just moving the anchor points--I can use my Pen tool, and I can come in and hover over an existing anchor point and click on it, and that will delete it. Should I need to add more anchor points, I hover over a path segment where there isn't one already.
You'll see a plus appears next to then Pen tool, and I can click to make one. So watch out for problems like that occurring. Try a simple nudge. If that doesn't work, try and Edit the actual Text Wrap Offset, either with your Direct Select tool or with your Pen tool. Let me just point out that we also have our Composition Preference, and we have looked at this earlier. But when you turn on H&J Violations and then turn your Guides on, you'll see highlighted in yellow those lines that are problematic, they are problematic in terms of the word spacing.
And it's no wonder, really, because what you're doing here is you are significantly narrowing the column by putting an image within it. You do want to minimize this as much as possible, might just want to make that smaller, and you can see that that reduces the amount of yellow highlighting. I am now going to turn that Composition Preference off, and let's go and look at another common problem you may encounter. Text Wraps on circles. They maybe even, they don't look even.
And what we need to do is what I did before, we just need to make a few manual adjustments. So I am going to use my Direct Selection tool. In this case I have just put the wrap around a simple shape, so I don't need to use my Content Selector to get to it, but if it were an image I could use my Content Selector as in the previous example. And then I am just going to pull that Offset up a bit, and we just want to make sure that optically the distance from the shape to the text is even.
If you are using a style that calls for a column rule in your gutters, just be aware that when you apply a Text Wrap, the Text Wrap will affect the text, it's not going to affect the column rule. And there really is no other way than manually coming in and changing the height of that column rule. So, if your house style does use column rules, beware of this issue. I am going to turn on my Guides, and I am going to come to my View Options and also turn on my Baseline Grid, because I'd like to resize this rule to the closest grid increment.
I am going to select it and then from its top anchor point, hold that down to that closet grid increment. Next in our roster of problems. This may be one for the once in a blue moon category, but should this problem come up for you, here is a potential solution. I have here a layout where I would like this circle to have a wrap on it so that it affects the column in the left-hand column. But I want the text in the right- hand column to overlap that circle.
However, I do want this text to wrap around this object. So if I fold this text, come to my Text Frame Options and choose Ignore Text Wrap, we can see if I put that circle at the back that's exactly what it's doing. And if I choose to not ignore the Text Wrap, then it is responding to the Text Wrap on the gray circle. All right, here is a work-around, and it really is a work-around, not a feature. I am going to select this circle, and I am going to copy it.
Now bearing in mind that I want an Offset of 6 points, I think will be sufficient, I am going to increase the size of this circle by 12 points, and I have my chain on there, so it's going to affect both dimensions. Then I am going to extend my selection to include the text frame behind it. I am going to come to Window > Object & Layout > Pathfinder and use this second Pathfinder option to Subtract the front most object. And there what happens is the circle literally takes a bite out of the text frame, which is very interesting and might open up a whole new range of possibilities for what you can do with your text frames, but in the context of this example what I am now going to do is paste in place the original circle that I copied to my clipboard, Command+ Option+Shift+V, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V, and that will put that in place right there.
As I said, definitely one for the once in a blue moon category, but you never know. And lastly, this can sometimes cause frustration. It relates to anchored objects. Now here I have a text frame which I have anchored within the flow of the text, and it has a Text Wrap on it. I am just going to backwards engineer this now and cut that out of there and paste it so that it is now an independent object. Of course, we anchor it so that it moves with the text.
Now you would think that you would be able to do this. Position it in a way you want it to go, that's where I want it to go, and then you come grab this rectangle, and as the tooltip says, Drag into text to anchor object, and when I do that, look what happens to the first line of type. The first line of type is actually going beneath that frame. So here's the deal. When you want to achieve this, what you need to do is anchor this quote frame, not in the paragraph that you want it to affect, but at the end of the previous paragraph.
If I now grab that box and drag it to the end of the previous paragraph, the Text Wrap works just fine. And just like some other things relating to Text Wraps, it's easy when you know how, but that can cause some frustration if you don't. So there are some common problems that you might run into when working with Text Wraps.
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