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Adobe InDesign Tip: Text Wrap

Using channels and paths to define a custom wrap By Dave Nagel
Adobe InDesign is nothing if not versatile, so much so that, nearly a year and a half after its release, I'm still discovering new things about it. One of these I stumbled upon recently while working on a layout involving a complex text wrap. It's a fantastic little feature and one that I'm sure will save you a lot of time on some future projects.

As you know, InDesign 2.0 greatly extended the program's ability to integrate with Photoshop, with support for layers, transparency and other parameters. But it also gave us something new in the way in which it handles text wrap with Photoshop images. Let's take a look at two methods--paths and transparency.

Transparency defines the wrap
Begin with an image that has some transparency in it. If you don't have such an image, open up something in Photoshop; convert the background to a layer; and erase along the edges to produce an irregular border. Save the image when you're done.

Now open up InDesign. If you don't already have a layout, create a text box, and fill the box with placeholder text (Type > Fill with Placeholder Text). Then place your image over your text. No text wrap is applied.

Now, choose your Text Wrap palette, and select the "Wrap around object shape" option.

You'll wind up with something like this.

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