Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Understand text wrap, part of InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] How do you get text to run around something else on your page? For example, I'm going to select this image down here, and jump into 200% by pressing Command 2 or Control 2 on Windows. Now obviously, I want this text to run around the picture. How can I do that? Well I need the Text Wrap panel, and I can find that up in the Window menu. I'll just choose Text Wrap. Now, while the picture is selected, I want to choose one of these four buttons at the top of the Text Wrap panel, but first, I do want to point out that InDesign can do Text Wrap whether the image is behind the text frame or on top of it.
It doesn't matter. Now this first button, the one that's currently selected, means No Wrap, that's what we have right now. But if I click the second button, well, now that's very different. That means "Wrap around the graphic frame." But as you can see, the text is a little bit too close to the edge. I can fix that by changing these offset fields inside the Text Wrap panel. Right now, the icon in the center of the panel shows that these fields are unlinked, and if I click on it, it becomes linked again.
That means all four will change whenever I change any one of them. So I'm going to click inside one of these fields, and then I'm going to press the Up arrow on my keyboard. That's just a short cut that means "increase the value." So that looks pretty good. Although I am seeing that the text beneath it is being pushed away a little bit too far, so I'm going to unlink this again, then I'll click inside the bottom text wrap, and then press the Down arrow on my keyboard just to make this a little bit less. There you go, now you can see that the text filled in that space because it wasn't being pushed out of the way anymore.
Okay, let's try another one. I'm going to scroll over to the right, and then go up a little bit, and you can see that this image also needs Text Wrap. I'll go ahead and select it with the selection tool, but in this case the second button is not going to work, because this is a non rectangular image. I don't want it to wrap around the rectangular frame, but rather this very non rectangular image inside the frame. So instead, I'm going to click on the third button, this "Wrap around the object" button. Now here's the problem, it did wrap around the image, but unfortunately this object is a bit mapped image, which technically is rectangular.
So it's still not giving us the effect we want. But there's a solution. We can tell InDesign, don't wrap around the image, wrap around what's inside the image, the picture of that baby. And we can do that by going down here and changing the Contour Options pop up menu. Right now this menu is set to Same as Clipping, and this image doesn't have a clipping path so that really doesn't help us. No, what we want is either Alpha Channel or Detect Edges. Detect Edges asks InDesign to go in and find the edges around this image, and that sometimes works, but it's a little tricky.
In this case, we have an Alpha Channel. Alpha Channel is just a technical way of saying the transparency of the image. This image has transparency, it's obvious because you can see right past that baby. So we're going to use that Alpha Channel. And as soon as I click on that, you can see that the text wraps around the Alpha Channel, or the transparency, of the image. You can see that thin blue line here, that's the text wrap contour. It's right up next to the image, so it's a little bit hard to see. Let's go ahead and increase the value up here, from zero to a little bit larger.
Again, I'm just pressing the Up arrow on my keyboard, and it jumps up. There we go, that looks good. But you see how the text is flowing on both the left side and the right side of my image? In this case, that is what I want, because there's two columns. But you can control that down here in the middle of the Text Wrap panel, by changing both right and left sides to just the right, or just the left side. In this case, I'm going to leave it set to the way it was. Okay, I didn't mention these last two buttons in the Text Wrap panel. Option number four means "jump over." In other words, there should never be any text to the left or to the right side of the image, and the last button here means "skip to the next column," which forces the text right out of the frame.
I find both of those options are really helpful when laying out books. So, it's great that Text Wrap forces text to run around an object, but sometimes it results in text wrap that you don't want. For example, look at this little frame down here to the right side of the image. That was a caption, and now it's overset. The text was pushed right out of the frame. So what happened, where did the caption go? Well, I can see that there's a little red box over here, and that means all the text was forced out of this frame, and of course, it was forced out because it's overlapping the text wrap.
So of course, I need the Text Wrap to be turned on because I don't want this text to overlap the image, but I don't want the text wrap to affect the caption down here. Fortunately InDesign lets you make an exception to text wrap. To do that, I'm going to click out here, where there's nothing selected on my page, and then I'm going to click on the edge of my caption. Now, I'll go to the Object menu, and I'll choose Text Frame Options. Inside the Text Frame Options dialogue box I'm going to turn on this check box, Ignore Text Wrap, so that when I click Okay, you'll see the text comes back.
Now Text Wrap will never affect that frame, so as you can see, these Text Wrap features do take some getting used to, but I love the way that the Text Wrap feature lets me precisely manage where my text will and won't flow on the page.
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