How to Wrap Text in InDesign

When building a magazine, newspaper, or other graphic in InDesign, you want every element to gel together as a cohesive whole. Text wrapping can help with this process, so every object has contours and spacing with the text around it. These options apply to your objects, so that even if you change the content of your text, the same wrap will still occur. Below, we've shared how to wrap text in InDesign, so you can integrate paragraphs seamlessly into your projects, and take advantage of the total available space.

Text Wrapping Around Basic Objects
1. First, launch your current InDesign project and select "Window" > "Text Wrap" from the menu bar to show the Text Wrap panel. Choose the Selection (black arrow) or Direct Selection tool (white arrow) from the Tools panel, and then click on the object that you want text to wrap around.   

2. In the Text Wrap panel, choose one of these wrapping options: 

  • Wrap Around Object Shape: This follows the contours of your object, so that the text fills the remaining space like water. If your object is a beach ball, for example, the text will hug the ball and create a rounded shape.
  • Wrap Around Bounding Box: This establishes a rectangular box around the object, so that your text stays straight and doesn't cross the boundary. Depending on your space limitations, the text can be as close or far away from the object as you like.

3. Next, you can decide to keep your text on a specific side of your page, or have it wrap around both sides of the object. Choose "Show Options" from the Text Wrap panel to show the Wrap To menu, and then select your desired side. 

4. Within the same panel, you can also enter manual offset values that move your text closer or farther away from the frame. Positive values increase the distance between object and text, while negative values move the text wrap closer to your object.  

Text Wrapping Around Images
When learning how to wrap text in InDesign, you should always remember that objects and important images have distinct properties. If you're placing an image into a project, make sure that "Apply Photoshop Clipping Path" has been selected in the Import Image Options box. This will also you to create a contoured wrap around the image. 

Next, choose "Window" > "Text Wrap" to show the Text Wrap panel, and then click on your imported image. Within the Text Wrap panel, choose "Wrap Around Object Shape". Then, enter an offset value and choose a contour option for that specific image. 

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