Wrap text around objects

You can wrap text around any object, including text frames, imported images, and objects you draw in InDesign. When you apply a text wrap to an object, InDesign creates a boundary around the object that repels text. The object that text wraps around is called the wrap object. Text wrap is also referred to as runaround text.

Keep in mind that text wrap options apply to the object being wrapped, not the text itself. Any change to the wrap boundary will remain if you move the wrap object near a different text frame.

Wrap text around simple objects

  1. To display the Text Wrap panel, choose Window > Text Wrap.
  2. Using the Selection tool  or Direct Selection tool , select the object you want to wrap text around.
  3. In the Text Wrap panel, click the desired wrap shape:

    Wrap Around Bounding Box 

    Creates a rectangular wrap whose width and height are determined by the bounding box of the selected object, including any offset distances you specify.

    Wrap Around Object Shape 

    Also known as contour wrapping, creates a text wrap boundary that is the same shape as the frame you’ve selected (plus or minus any offset distances you specify).

    Wrap Around Bounding Box
    Wrap Around Bounding Box setting (left) compared to Wrap Around Object Shape setting (right)

    Jump Object 

    Keeps text from appearing in any available space to the right or left of the frame.

    Jump To Next Column  

    Forces the surrounding paragraph to the top of the next column or text frame.

  4. From the Wrap To menu, specify whether the wrap is applied to a specific side (such as the right side or largest area) or toward or away from the spine. (If you don’t see the Wrap To menu, choose Show Options from the Text Wrap panel menu.)

    This option is available only if you selected Wrap Around Bounding Box or Wrap Around Object Shape.

    Wrap To options
    Wrap To options

    A. Both right and left sides B. Side towards spine C. Side away from spine 
  5. Specify offset values. Positive values move the wrap away from the frame; negative values move the wrap within the frame.

If you can’t get the text to wrap around an image, make sure that Ignore Text Wrap isn’t selected for the text frame that doesn’t wrap. Also, if Text Wrap Only Affects Text Beneath is selected in Composition preferences, make sure that the text frame is beneath the wrap object.

Text frames inside a group aren’t affected by a text wrap you apply to the group.

Note:

To set default text wrap options for all new objects, deselect all objects and then specify text wrap settings.

Wrap text around imported images

To wrap text around an imported image, save the clipping path in the application where you created the image, if possible. When you place the image in InDesign, select the Apply Photoshop Clipping Path option in the Image Import Options dialog box.

  1. To display the Text Wrap panel, choose Window > Text Wrap.
  2. Select an imported image, and in the Text Wrap panel, click Wrap Around Object Shape .
  3. Specify offset values. Positive values move the wrap away from the frame; negative values move the wrap within the frame.
  4. Choose Show Options from the Text Wrap panel menu to display additional options.
  5. From the Type menu, choose a contour option:

    Bounding Box

    Wraps text to the rectangle formed by the image’s height and width.

    Detect Edges

    Generates the boundary using automatic edge detection. (To adjust edge detection, select the object and choose Object > Clipping Path > Options.)

    Alpha Channel

    Generates the boundary from an alpha channel saved with the image. If this option isn’t available, no alpha channels were saved with the image. InDesign recognizes the default transparency in Adobe Photoshop (the checkerboard pattern) as an alpha channel; you must otherwise use Photoshop to delete the background or create and save one or more alpha channels with the image.

    Photoshop Path

    Generates the boundary from a path saved with the image. Choose Photoshop Path, and then choose a path from the Path menu. If the Photoshop Path option isn’t available, no named paths were saved with the image.

    Graphic Frame

    Generates the boundary from the container frame.

    Same As Clipping

    Generates the boundary from the imported image’s clipping path.

  6. To let text appear inside “holes” of an image, such as the inside of a tire image, select Include Inside Edges.
Include Inside Edges off (left) and on (right)
Include Inside Edges off (left) and on (right)

Create an inverted text wrap

  1. Using the Selection tool  or Direct Selection tool , select an object, such as a compound path, that will allow text to wrap inside it.
  2. To display the Text Wrap panel, choose Window > Text Wrap.
  3. Apply a text wrap to an object, and select the Invert option. Invert is commonly used with the Object Shape text wrap.
Object Shape text wrap (left) and with Invert option selected (right)
Object Shape text wrap (left) and with Invert option selected (right)

Change the shape of a text wrap

  1. Using the Direct Selection tool , select an object that has a text wrap applied to it. If the text wrap boundary is the same shape as the object, the boundary is superimposed on the object.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To uniformly change the distance between the text and wrap object, specify offset values in the Text Wrap panel.
    • To edit the text wrap boundary, use the Pen tool  and Direct Selection tool.
Editing text wrap boundary
Editing text wrap boundary

If you manually change the shape of a text wrap path, User-Modified Path is selected in the Type menu and remains dimmed in the menu. This indicates that the path of the shape has changed.

Note:

If you want to use the original clipping path rather than the edited text wrap boundary, choose Same As Clipping from the Type menu in the Text Wrap panel.

Apply text wrap on master page items

If the Apply To Master Page Only option is selected, you must override a master page item on a document page to wrap text around it. If this option is deselected, text on both master pages and document pages can wrap around the master page items without the master page items being overridden.

  1. Select the object on the master page.
  2. From the Text Wrap panel menu, select or deselect Apply To Master Page Only.

This option is available only when an object on a master page is selected and has a wrap applied to it.

Wrap text around anchored objects

If you apply text wrap to an anchored object, the wrap affects the lines of text in the story that follow the anchor marker. However, the wrap doesn’t affect the line of text that includes the anchor marker or any lines before it.

When you paste an object as an inline object, its text wrap boundaries are preserved.

Suppress text wrap on hidden layers

When you hide a layer that contains a wrap object, the text frames on other layers wrap around the object, unless you select the Suppress Text Wrap When Layer Is Hidden option in the Layer Options dialog box. If this option is selected, hiding a layer can cause text on other layers to be recomposed.

  1. In the Layers panel, double-click the layer that contains the wrap object.
  2. Select Suppress Text Wrap When Layer Is Hidden.

Justify text next to wrap objects

When you specify how text is justified next to wrap objects, the change applies to the entire document.

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Composition (Windows) or InDesign > Preferences > Composition (Mac OS).
  2. Select one of the following options, and click OK:

    Justify Text Next To An Object

    Justifies text next to wrap objects that separate a column of text. This setting takes effect only when the text wrap completely interrupts lines of text so that each line is divided into two or more parts.

    Note:

    Text adjacent to an object is aligned to the left or top of the object when set to Align Left, to the right or bottom of the object when set to Align Right, or evenly aligned to both edges when set to Full Justify.

    Justify Text Next To An Object
    Justify Text Next To An Object

    Skip By Leading

    Moves wrapped text to the next available leading increment below a text-wrapped object. If this option isn’t selected, lines of text may jump below an object in a way that prevents text from lining up with text in neighboring columns or text frames. Selecting this option is especially useful when you want to make sure that the text aligns to the baseline grid.

    Text Wrap Only Affects Text Beneath

    Text stacked above the wrapped object isn’t affected by the text wrap. Stacking order is determined by layer position in the Layers panel and by the stacking order of objects on a layer.

Ignore text wrap in a text frame

In some cases, you’ll want to turn off text wrap in a text frame. For example, you may want one text frame to wrap around an image, but you may want a different text frame to appear within the image.

  1. Select the text frame, and choose Object > Text Frame Options.
  2. Select Ignore Text Wrap, and click OK.

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