Wrapping text around an inline picture in InDesign

Most InDesign users know how to wrap text around an object - insert the object, place a picture (usually) into the object (I'll refer to them as pictures from now on), then turn on the text wrapping tool and choose the type of text wrapping required.  However, this becomes a problem when you insert or remove text earlier in the document causing text to move up or down the document while all your pictures stay in the same place making it necessary to work through the document rearranging all the pictures only to have to do it all again when the text is again changed.

Part of the answer to this is to place the pictures in with the text. This is called placing a picture inline with the text and since the picture is simply treated as a large letter or word, it moves up and down along with the text.  However, the Text Wrap panel will not work with inline text and while this is fine when you wish the text to "jump over" the picture, often people want true text wrapping around a picture while it is also inline so it moves with the text. The full solution to this problem is below. The feature is not particularly easy to find but fairly easy to use once you know how to do it.

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Step 1: Insert the picture inline into your text box

Naturally, this is most useful when you have large slabs of text flowing over many pages. There is likely not much need to do this on a single page or even a two-page document as the work to set up text wrapped inline pictures would take more effort than simply text wrapping free-floating pictures in objects.

With the text tool, click in the text box at the location you wish the inline picture to be in. It is best if this is at the start of a new line and that you intend the picture to be eventually positioned lower than the inserted location, not higher.

Click File then Place (or use keyboard shortcut Ctrl D) then find and select the picture.  The picture is now inserted inline into the text as if it is a large character of text.

You can resize and crop the picture as usual if required.  You'll notice that inserting and deleting text prior to the picture in the text box will move the picture along with the text accordingly.

The document at this point should look something like this:

  

Step 2: Allowing the inline picture to be anchored and moved

To prepare an inline picture for text wrapping, right-click the picture, click Anchored object then click Options...

On the Anchored Object Options panel, at the Position drop-down menu, select Custom then click OK.

With the selection tool, as you would with any object, drag the picture into the required location of the text.  This position should be at or below the location the picture was originally inserted at.

  

Step 3: Turning on the text wrap settings

Ensure the Text Wrap panel is displayed (if not, click Window then Text Wrap).

Select the picture with the selection tool.

Choose the type of text wrap you require on the Text Wrap panel.

If required, modify the Offset settings.

  

Summary

This is an easy way to apply text wrap to an inline picture and works well in most circumstances.  If you wish to examine this feature in more detail, visit the relevant Adobe Using InDesign product support page here:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/InDesign/6.0/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6c43a.html

  

  

Nicholas Jankovic

T7 Training Systems

  

Tuesday, 3rd January 2012

 

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