How to Create a Custom Text Wrap in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

There are various kinds of text wraps that can be created with InDesign. Text can wrap around the bounding box of an object, which is always rectangular. The text wrap can also be set to follow the contour of a shape or silhouette. In many cases, the silhouette of a portion of an image is created in Photoshop using a Clipping Path or Alpha Channel. In this example, we'll look at turning on a Photoshop Clipping Path to use for the text wrap in InDesign.

This feature works the same in Adobe InDesign CS4, CS5, CS6, and Creative Cloud (CC).

Instructions

  1. Select the image frame that you want the text to wrap around.
    Image for Text Wrap Selected

  2. Go to the Object menu, scroll down to Clipping Path, and choose Options.
    Clipping Path Options in Object Menu

  3. In the dialog box, click the Type menu. If an image has a Photoshop Path or Alpha Channel, it will be an available option. Otherwise, those choices will be grayed out.
    Clipping Path Options

  4. Go to the Window menu and select Text Wrap to open the panel.
    Text Wrap in Window Menu

  5. In the Text Wrap Panel, click the Wrap Around Object Shape button, and set the desired offset.
    Text Wrap Panel

  6. The Text Wrap is applied.
    Text Wrap Applied to Image

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.

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