How to Flow Text Around an Image in InDesign:
when you first start adobe indesign, the desktop publishing app, the first thing you’ll want to learn is how to make text flow around an image. Using all the different options for flowing (also called wrapping) text around an image in InDesign will take your designs to the next level.
We’ll walk you through two different ways to make text flow around a image. First we’ll wrap the text around a regular, rectangular image. Then, we’ll go deeper and show you the steps to build your text flow around the outline of an irregularly shaped graphic.
How to make text flow around an image or graphic
Of all the ways to make text flow around something in InDesign, wrapping text around an object bounding box or frame is the easiest. Imagine you have a full page of text, and you want it to flow around a rectangular image in the middle of the page.
- using the rectangular frame tool, Place the frame on top of the text frame.
- Make sure Rectangular Frame is selected, and use place Order (file > place or Ctrl + d), to place your image in the frame.
- Select and display the text wrap palette Window > separating words or press Alt + Ctrl + woo to turn on the palette.
- With the image frame selected, select the second icon in the top row of the palette, wrap around bounding box. This will cause the text to flow around the bounding box of your image.
- Try dragging the image around to see how it affects the text flow.
- In the screencap above, notice how the text is to the right of the image. Let’s give it some room to breathe. The second section of the Text Wrap palette is where you can enter offset, that’s how you control the space between the object and the text wrap.
- If you want the offsets to be the same on all sides of your image, make sure link icon Offset is selected among the options. Next, try adjusting the offsets, and see how it affects the space between the image and the text flowing around it.
- In the Text Wrap palette, you’ll also see wrap option. This is where you can specify which sides the wrap should affect. Options include: right side, left side, both right and left side, side to side spine, side away from spine, and largest area. more often than not, you’d like both right and left. The screencap below shows what our example looks like, with an offset of 0.125 inches applied to both the right and left sides.
Ah, now there is some space around the image on the page, making the text easier to read than if the text was flushed against the bounding box of the image.
How to wrap text around an irregularly shaped image with a clipping path?
If your image is irregularly shaped cut out, The process for making text flow to follow the edge of the shape is slightly different.
- We’ll start the same way as before, placing an image inside a rectangular frame on top of a text frame.
- With the image frame selected, choose thing > clipping path > the option or press Ctrl + Alt + slip away + K. That will launch the Clipping Path dialog box.
- In Type dropdown, select photoshop path or alpha channel. In our example, we’ll choose the alpha channel.
- If you want the text to appear in the blank space inside the edges of your image, check the box marked include inside edges.
- press Okay.
- Through the above steps, we have created a path around the shape of the image. Now let’s wrap the text around that shape. First, display the text wrap palette (Window > separating words or Alt + Ctrl + woo)
- With the image frame selected, choose wrap around object shape Button in the text wrap palette.
- The text is now flowing around the shape of the object, but it’s still very close to the edges of the object, so let’s adjust the offset.
- Make sure Image Frame is selected View More separating words Palette. Note that there is only one offset parameter available for your adjustment. This is because your image no longer has a right, left, top or bottom. It is an irregular shape.
Try adjusting the vertex offset. This will affect the offset on all sides of your image. Below, we’ve used an offset of 0.125 inches. much improved!
Device for making text flow around a picture spanning two columns
Imagine that you are working with a document that has two columns of text, and you want to wrap the text around an image that is in the middle of the column. Depending on how appropriate the text is, you may find that you need to adjust the offset more on one side of the image than on the other.
In the screencap below, the text is set to wrap around the central image, and the offset is the same for all sides of the image. Do you see how the text looks like it’s closer to the right side of the image than to the left?
To fix this, follow these steps:
- Choose Image Frames View More separating words Palette.
- unselected Offset Link button.
- Now you can adjust the correct offset parameter. increase the correct offset Until it looks the way you want.
The important lesson here is that when you’re working with columns, you may need to play with text wrap offset values to make your document look good.
Learn more about Adobe InDesign
Now you know a few different ways to make text flow around an image in InDesign. While you’re at it, check out our articles on how to link text boxes or use master pages in InDesign.