You can wrap text around the image in Adobe InDesign by clicking Text Wrap in the Window menu.
Hi! My name is Liuda. InDesign is my favorite tool for making layouts and publishing designs because there are many sophisticated tools and features that make the process easier and deliver great results.
For example, wrapping text around images is one of the most common uses in publishing designs. It can seem complicated, but you can easily make it in InDesign.
Text wrap causes all of the text to wrap around the image so that the image does not interfere with line spacing. There are several ways to get to the text wrap options and apply a text wrap. In this article, I will show you how.
Let’s dive in.
- The image should be arranged to the front when you use the Text Wrap feature.
- You can find the Text Wrap panel from the overhead menu Window > Text Wrap
- Adjust the Offset values to increase or decrease the distance between the text and the edge of your frame/shape
How to Wrap Text Around the Image in Adobe InDesign
In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you how to quickly wrap text around an image in Adobe InDesign if you have one or two columns. Make sure that your image doesn’t interfere with the line spacing.
Follow these steps to wrap text around an image in InDesign.
Note: I work with both PC and Mac. The steps to wrap text around an image in Adobe InDesign are the same.
Step 1: Set Up Your Document
The easiest way to set up your document for text-wrapping is to position your text frame(s) behind the image frame or shape you want to apply the text-wrap effect.
Select the image or shape, right click and choose Arrange > Bring to Front.
Step 2 (Optional): Arrange the Text
Select the existing text or add text to your InDesign document. Go to the overhead menu and choose Layout > Margins and Columns to divide the text into columns.
Type in the number of columns you want. In this example, I have created two columns of text. So I typed “2” as shown on an image.
Click OK, and you’ll see that the text is split into two columns.
Step 3: Wrap the Text Around the Image
Open the Text Wrap panel from the overhead menu Window > Text Wrap.
Select both the image/shape and the text. In the Text Wrap panel, You’ll see five text wrap options and each of them indicates a different way of applying the text wrap. Depending on the effect you want to show, choose the option accordingly.
After choosing a wrap option, you can specify offset values. Positive values move the wrap away from the frame, and negative values move the wrap within the frame.
The icon to the far left, selected by default, has No Text Wrap applied to your frame/shape. Click on the second icon from the left to apply a wrap around the Bounding Box of the frame/shape.
You can adjust the Offset values to increase or decrease the distance between the text and the edge of your frame/shape.
You can also adjust the direction of the wrap from the Wrap Options drop-down menu.
Experiment with different ways of applying a wrap using the icons in the Text Wrap Panel. You can wrap text around an Object’s Shape to give a more closely fitted appearance to the wrap. This can work particularly well with outlined text (Type > Create Outlines), which gives a dramatic typographic effect.
- If you want to remove an object’s text-wrap settings, click the object so it is highlighted, go to the Text Wrap palette, and click the “No Wrap” icon. It is the icon at the top left of the palette.
- The default setting on clipping-path measurements is in mm. To change it to points, simply make the value “pt.”
- To quickly wrap type around Adobe Illustrator graphics, select the graphic so that it is highlighted. Go to the “Type” section on the main toolbar. Click “Detect Edges.”
- If you accidentally did something you would like to undo, do not worry. Hit Command/Control + Z to undo.
Knowing how to wrap text around the image in Adobe InDesign is essential to become a better designer. This skill will help you arrange different elements of your projects and make adjustments that will help polish things up nicely.
How do you like to use the wrapping tool in Adobe InDesign? What is your favorite? Do you have any other tips for designers and writers? Let me know in the comments below.