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Working with Typography and Tables in Adobe InDesign CS4

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Learn how to apply special effects such as scaling type, creating drop caps, anchoring objects in text, and wrapping text around objects and images. Also learn the tricks for creating and formatting tables that save you time and enhance your designs.

#37 Wrapping Text Around Objects

The interplay of text and images in a layout contributes significantly to the overall message. You achieve a lot of this interplay by wrapping text around objects such as text frames or lines or around contours within a graphic such as a clipping path or an alpha channel. You specify text wrap for the object that the text will wrap around. For example, if text will wrap around a picture frame, you specify text wrap for the picture frame. The object that text wraps around is called the wrap object (Figure 37a).

Figure 37a

Figure 37a The black text frame is the wrap object here. An offset value of 9 points keeps the text from touching the wrap object.

To wrap text around an object, select the wrap object with one of the selection tools. Choose Window > Text Wrap to open the Text Wrap panel (Figure 37b). To add Wrap Options and Contour Options to the Text Wrap panel, choose Show Options from the panel menu.

  • Wrap shape buttons: Click one of the first three buttons to indicate the shape of the text wrap—No Text Wrap nonewrap.jpg, Wrap Around Bounding Box boundingboxwrap.jpg, or Wrap Around Object Shape objectshapewrap.jpg. None places the object on top of text or flows text over the object. Bounding Box wraps text around the rectangular bounding box of the object, and Object Shape wraps text around the contours of the object within the box.
  • Jump Object: If you don't want text on either side of the object (only above or below it), click the Jump Object button jumpobjectbutton.jpg.
  • Jump to Next Column: If you want text below the object to flow to the next column rather than under the object, click the Jump to Next Column button nextcolumnbutton.jpg.
  • Offset fields: Enter values in the fields to specify the amount of space between the wrap object and the text.
  • Wrap Options: If you click Wrap Around Bounding Box or Wrap Around Object Shape, the Wrap To menu lets you specify where the text wraps. By default, text wraps to the left and right of the object. You can choose from Right Side, Left Side, Both Right & Left Sides, Side Towards Spine, Side Away from Spine, and Largest Area.
  • Contour Options: If you want to wrap text around contours within a graphic, click the Object Shape wrap button. From the Type menu, select any alpha channel or Photoshop path saved with the graphic file. If you've selected a clipping path for the graphic in the Clipping Path dialog box (Object menu), you can wrap text around it by choosing Same as Clipping. For a graphic with a lot of contrast between the foreground and background, you can use the Detect Edges option to create a text wrap contour.
  • Include Inside Edges: If you're wrapping text around an image contour, you can flow text into any holes in the contour. For example, if you have a picture of a doughnut, you can flow text around the edges and into the white space in the center. To do this, check Include Inside Edges in the Contour Options area. (If the check box is not available, the selected contour has no holes.)

Once you have a text wrap specified, you can edit the contour using the Pen tool or the Direct Selection tool.

Figure 37b

Figure 37b The Text Wrap panel lets you fine-tune the interplay of text and objects on the page.

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