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How to Override Text Wrap in InDesign

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In this quick and simple tutorial, you'll learn how to use the Text Wrap panel, which can help you start your next magazine layout design. It is one of the most useful panels to help elevate your InDesign templates.

The Text Wrap panel allows you to wrap text around objects, elements, and specific shapes. If you are planning on designing your own InDesign templates or magazine layout design, this is the panel you need to learn all about. 

Whether you are laying out images, drop caps, or pull-quotes, the Text Wrap panel will make your life easier. Also, this is a great way to keep your files neatly organized, and that's always a plus! I'll walk you through each of the buttons on this useful panel and the options you'll be able to play with. Lastly, I'll show you how to override text wrap in InDesign if you accidentally set it to default. 

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What You Will Need for This Quick Tutorial

Download the Book image from Elements and you are ready to get started!

If you’d like to use a different image, make sure you check out Envato Elements, where there are thousands of great images with isolated backgrounds that you can use for this tutorial or any future projects. 

For this Quick Tip tutorial, we’ll work with a text frame and a circular object to show you how the Text Wrap panel works. 

In InDesign, select any page size to start a document.

Using the Text Tool (T), create a text frame on the whole page. Right-click on the frame and select Fill with Placeholder Text. 

Create a new document and add a text frame

Select the Ellipse Tool (L) from the toolbar and draw a 3 cm by 3 cm circle. Set the color of the circle to any value.

Create a circle on the page

You can find the Text Wrap panel by going to Window > Text Wrap. 

Open the text wrap panel

1. Wrapping Text

Any object placed in InDesign is set to No Text Wrap by default, so we’ll explore the different things you can do with this handy panel. 

Place the circle in the center of the page. While selecting it, head over to the Text Wrap panel and click on Wrap Around Bounding Box. This option will make space for the object based on the frame. 

This button is particularly useful when you are setting up InDesign magazine templates. It allows users to simply drop images into frames that are already styled with the Text Wrap. Users can move the frame freely as it will automatically make space for itself anywhere on the magazine layout. 

Select the Wrap Around Bounding Box button

Select the circle and this time try Wrap Around Object Shape. This option will create a border around the actual shape, not the frame. You can combine this option with white background images—we’ll try this later on. 

Select the Wrap Around Object Shape button

Select Jump Object from the Text Wrap panel. This option forces the text to split into two right where the object is and prevents the text from wrapping on the sides. 

Select the Jump Object button from the panel

For the next button, we need to split the text into two columns. While selecting the text frame, press Command-B to open the Text Frame Options. Set the Number of Columns to 2. 

Set the number of columns to 2

Move the circle to the first column. On the Text Wrap panel, select the Jump to Next Column button. The text will be forced to automatically jump to the next column.

Select the Jump to Next Column button on the panel

2. Setting Offset Margins on Objects

With this option, you can set a margin around the frame/object that will help add some space between it and the text. 

For this, I’ll go back to the initial layout by pressing Command-Z. On the Text Wrap panel, select the Wrap Around Bounding Box button. Set the Top Offset to 1 cm

Offset margins are particularly useful for InDesign templates because they allow you to include pull quotes or photo captions without compromising legibility in the magazine layout design.

Create an Offset margin at the top of the circle

You can set the same distance on all sides by pressing the Make all settings the same button. 

Create an Offset margin all around the circle

Select Wrap Around Object Shape from the panel while keeping the Offset options. The offset will take on the shape of the object. 

Select the Wrap Around Object Shape button from the panel

It is possible to invert the settings by checking the Invert box. In this case, you’ll need to set the Offset to 0. The text will transfer inside the object’s frame instead of wrapping around it. 

Check the Invert box from the Text Wrap panel

Uncheck the Invert box, select the Wrap Around Bounding Box, and set the Offset on all sides to 1 cm. 

Using the Pen Tool (P), add a couple of points on the object frame. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the points you created. This allows you to create a random shape rather than the basic rectangular frame. 

If you are designing a funky magazine page layout, don't forget to experiment with the Pen Tool and the offset option on the Text Wrap panel. You can achieve some interesting designs! 

Select the pen tool and add a couple of points on the element frame

3. Wrapping Around Images

For this option, delete the circle, and instead we’ll use the Book image. Press Command-D to Place the image in the document. Select the image and click Open. 

Click on the page to place the image. Head over to the Options bar and set the Scale Percentage value to 25%. Place the book in the center of the page. 

Place the book image on the page

While selecting the image, click on the Wrap Around Object Shape button on the Text Wrap panel. The Contour Options will now be available. Click on the dropdown menu and select Same As Clipping. 

Select the Wrap Around Object Shape button and set the Contour Options to Same As Clipping

Head over to Object > Clipping Path > Options. In the Clipping Path window, set the Type to Detect Edges. The Threshold will be automatically set to 25 and the Tolerance to 2. Depending on the image you are using, you might need slightly different settings. Click OK. 

Create a Clipping Path around the book image

On the Text Wrap panel, set the Offset to 0.3 cm. You’ll see that the Text Wrap panel is based on the Clipping Path detected from the previous step. You can also bring in PSD files or TIFF images that have a Clipping Path included from Photoshop. You’ll have to set the Contour Type to Photoshop Path.

If you are experimenting with isolated action images, try using the Text Wrap panel to create a dynamic magazine layout. 

Use the Text Wrap panel to add an Offset to the book

4. Wrap Options

To control the flow of the text, you can experiment with the Wrap Options. We’ll keep working with the book image. Select it and set Wrap To: Right Side. The text will wrap around the right side of the object. 

Set the Wrap Options to Wrap to Right Side

The opposite will happen if you set it to the Left Side. 

Set the Wrap Options to Wrap to Left Side

5. Ignore and Override Text Wrap in InDesign

To override the text wrap on an object, select the object and head over to the Text Wrap panel. There, select the No Text Wrap button. 

Select the No Text Wrap button on the Text Wrap panel

A common issue is an automatic text wrap on all objects when you are working on a new InDesign project. InDesign allows designers to set their own settings when the program starts. These settings will be kept every time you open the program unless you change them. 

Sometimes, a few options will be set as default, as can be the case for the Text Wrap panel. To change it, you need to restart InDesign and open the Text Wrap panel before you create a document. On the Text Wrap panel, make sure the No Text Wrap button is activated. 

Close and open InDesign Open the Text Wrap panel and select No Text Wrap

Close InDesign and open the program again to make sure the Ignore Text Wrap is set as your preference.

Great Job! You’ve Finished This Quick Tutorial!

In this tutorial, you learned all about the Text Wrap panel in InDesign. This practical tool can help you in many different ways next time you are working on layouts for magazine articles. Hefty magazines can benefit from this tool if you are using many images, photo captions, and pull quotes. In this tutorial, I also showed you how to override text wrap in InDesign. I hope this tutorial makes your future InDesign templates easier to design and keeps them organized. 

Don't forget to check out Envato Elements, where there are thousands of great images with isolated backgrounds that you can use for this tutorial or if you want to create some amazing magazine layouts. 

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