Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Wrapping text around a graphic, part of Introducing InDesign.
- In this movie, I'm gonna demonstrate how to wrap text around a graphic using the text wrap panel. By way of example, I'm looking at page three of this document, where I have an imported image of Saturn that's set behind some text. But, because this image is so dark, and it's altogether violating this left-hand column, I'm absolutely ruining the legibility of these paragraphs. What I need to do is create an offset between the image and the text, just like this, so that the text naturally wraps right around the graphic.
But first, remember the content grabber? It's that notebook hole reinforcement ring that appears when you hover over an imported image. In this movie, it's very possible that it's gonna get in our way. So I recommend you turn it off. And you do so by going up to the view menu, choosing extras, and then choosing high content grabber. And incidentally, if you ever want to bring the content grabber back, you'll want to visit this same command, which will then be called show content grabber. But for now, I'll go ahead and choose this command and turn the content grabber off.
Now, it's very likely you're not gonna miss that feature. Because notice this. If I click on the graphic with the selection tool, I end up selecting the image and its blue frame like so. But if I wanna access the image independently of the frame, all I have to do is double click. And now notice I can move the image around inside the frame. I'll go ahead and press control + Z, or command + Z on the Mac, to undo that modification. And if you then wanna modify the image and frame together, all you have to do is double click inside the image once again.
Or just press the escape key. Now, to wrap text around an image, you need to make sure the image is selected, as it is for me. Then, you go up to the window menu and choose the text wrap command to bring up this panel. Now you have a few different text wrap styles available to you. For example, if I click on this jump object icon, then the text will jump entirely across the image like so. Even if I move the image to a different location. I'll go ahead and press control + Z, or command + Z on a Mac, to undo that move.
What I really want is to wrap the text tight around this image. And you do that by selecting this second icon in, wrap around bounding box, and you'll produce this effect right here. Now you may figure, that looks just great. The problem is, notice what happens if I drag this image upward, so it's touching the descenders of this line of time. And so what we have is an image that's very tight to this top line, but very far away from this bottom line. So what we need to do is create an offset.
And you do that my modifying these values in the central area of the text wrap panel. First thing I want you to do is make sure this link icon is turned on. If it looks broken, click on it in order to close the chain. And then, I'll just go ahead and click in any one of these offset values. We've got a top, bottom, left, and right. But if we're modifying them all together, then I can click in any one and then press the up arrow key in order to increase the offset. And you can even see the offset represented as a faint blue line.
I'm gonna go ahead and take that value all the way up to 0p6, which is the same as six points. Alright, now let's say I decide to move this image down. I'll go ahead and scroll down a little, and then drag the image down, tight to the right-hand margin, so that it butts up to these two paragraphs. Now as you can see, the text is flush left and ragged right. But, what if it were justified instead? I'll go ahead and double click inside this text, in order to automatically switch to the type tool and position my blinking insertion marker.
And then I'll partially select these two paragraphs like so. Then go up to the control panel. And if you're seeing the font like so, then go ahead and click the backward P in order to switch to the paragraph formatting options. And then select this first icon on the bottom, which will justify the text like so, so that the type is aligned on both the left and right sides. Now I'll press the escape key to return to my selection tool. And then I'll go ahead and once again click on the image of Saturn, so that I can see my text wrap settings.
Notice that even though every single one of these offset values is set to six points, things look looser on the top and the bottom of the image than they do over here on the left-hand side. And this is frequently the case when you're working with justified text. The solution in our case is to turn off the chain, so that the values are no longer linked together. Then you wanna click in this left offset value, like so. And then press the up arrow key a few times in order to raise that value to 0p9, which is the same as nine points.
Also notice this faint offset line down here at the bottom of the image. If I press the enter key, in order to accept that value, and then I press the down arrow key in order to move the image down, notice how it's shoving that text below it downward as well. I don't want that. So what I'm gonna do is click on this bottom offset icon in order to select its value. And then I'm gonna just change it to zero, and press the enter key, or the return key on a Mac. And you can see that text jumps back up.
And now I'll press the up arrow key a couple of times in order to raise my image so that the top of the image aligns to the base line of that text right next to it. And that's how you wrap text around a graphic, with the help of the text wrap panel here inside InDesign.
- Creating a new InDesign document
- Navigating in InDesign
- Creating and formatting text
- Formatting text with paragraph styles
- Creating dynamic hyperlinks
- Adding, deleting, and moving pages
- Importing, cropping, and scaling photos
- Placing artwork
- Stacking and layering objects
- Wrapping text around a graphic