Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Text wrap effects, part of Type Tips Weekly.
- [Instructor] This week's type tip is about an interesting approach we can take with our text wraps. It's not about the basics of working with text wraps but rather a fun and interesting trick. So I have here a wall of text and it is intentionally tightly letter spaced, tightly leaded, and you'll notice there are no paragraph breaks. Rather, I have inserted these pilcrow characters. The reason I'm doing that is I want the text to flow around this image and give the image a shape and it needs to be a solid block of text in order to do that.
I'm just going to put this image on my page. Now, as you can see, it's against a white background which makes it an easy candidate for applying a clipping path. I'll come to my clipping path options, detect edges. I can now come to my text wrap panel which I'll find under the window menu and I can wrap around object shape and I can increase my offset, et cetera. But what I want to do is use the penguin just as an interesting graphical shape rather than the image itself.
I'm going to increase the size of the image by holding down command option shift and dragging or control alt shift and dragging, and one way you would think I could do this is just be to delete the image and it would leave just the clipping path but it doesn't. When you delete the image, the clipping path goes with it. So another option would be I could come to the object menu and I could choose clipping path, convert clipping path to frame. I'm now able to delete the image should I choose to do so.
I'll just undo a couple of steps so that we are back with a regular image frame. Another approach would be I could place this object on a separate layer and you can see here I have a separate layer. And I'll just drag that option to it. And you'll also notice that the layer is hidden. Obviously if we see the layer, we see the object that's on the layer. If I double-click on the layer, we see there this option here, suppress text wrap when layer is hidden.
So as long as that is not checked, then I can hide the layer but we still see the text wrap. So which of those two ways, I think the first way is preferable because it is more obvious, it's more transparent to the user. Putting things on hidden layers is likely to cause some confusion down the line. So let me just back up a couple of steps once again.
I'll now delete the image. Maybe I want to just paste a copy of that over there in case I need it but I'm pretty confident I don't and I'll just get rid of that. And now I can increase the size of this frame. Of course I could tint it any color I want but really I just want this to create an interesting negative shape within the text and you can see now why I needed that text to be so tightly letter spaced and so tightly leaded so that it really forms an identifiable contour around the shape.
Now we can go further with this, and you can see how this is not going to work very well with any kind of shape that is complex. This is a relatively simple shape but still, we're losing some of the definition. We do have the offset to adjust and if I tighten that up, that might bring some of it back, but another thing I want to do is instead of making the text go outside of the shape, let's make it go inside the shape.
With the object selected, I can click on the invert checkbox. And I could now increase the size of the shape and once again, I can adjust the offset. And here if I go to a negative offset, that might help me fill in some of these spaces of the shape that are not currently filled with text. So I would need to come in, to really finish this, I would need to come in and do some work with the text to make sure that we avoid spaces like this but I'll just show you my settings that get me this far.
For the justification, I've reduced the word spacing significantly, reduced the letter spacing, I'm allowing more glyph scaling than I would do normally, and also I'm being very liberal with the hyphenation. I'm letting more words hyphenate and that's going to give a better result. So when doing this, it can be very effective but I think you want to work with shapes that are very simple so I'm going to move that shape over onto the paste board and here I have a much simpler shape.
This is just a character from the font awesome font. And I am going to convert this to outlines. And now that it's outlines, I can drag that onto my page. Let's make it a whole lot bigger. And I could just choose in this case to fill it with none and then come to my text wrap, wrap around object shape, and I will invert the shape and then we'll make the object that much bigger.
There's lot of back and forth here and also adjust the starting point of the text frame and the ending point of the text frame. And there we have, I think, a more successful result just because the shape is that much simpler. So there are some suggestions and some practical tips for how you can get creative with your text wraps.