How to Flow Text Around an Image in InDesign

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When you start with Adobe InDesign, a desktop publishing app, one of the first things you will want to learn is how to stream text next to an image.

Using all the options to stream (also called wrap) text around the image in InDesign will take your designs to another level.

We will guide you through a few different ways to stream text next to an image. First, we will wrap the text in a regular rectangular image. Then we will go deeper and show you the steps to make your text flow closer to the radiant picture frame in an unusual way.

How to flow text near an image or image

Of all the text flow methods in something in InDesign, wrapping text around a binding box or frame object is very easy. Imagine you have a full page of text and you want it to flow next to a single rectangular image in the middle of the page.

Using a rectangular Frame Tool, place the frame on top of the text frame.

Make sure the rectangular frame is selected and use Place command File> Place or Control + D), to place your image in the frame.

Show text wrap palette by selecting Window> Text wrapping or press Alt + Control + W to open the palette.

For the selected image frame, select the second icon in the top row of the palette, Wrap Box That will make the text flow next to the binding box of your image.

Try dragging an image to see how that affects text flow.

In the screenshot above, note how the text is right on the right side of the image. Let’s give it a breather.

The second part of the Text Wrap palette is where you can insert an offset, which is a way to control the space between an object and a text wrap.

If you want the offset on all sides of your image to be the same, make sure the link between the offset options is selected.

Next, try to adjust the offset and note how this affects the space between the image and the text that flows through it.

In the Text Wrap Pallet, you will see the Wrap Options. This is where you can determine which sides should touch the wrapper.

Options include right side, left side, right and left side, vertical side, long-distance side, and large area. Most of the time, you will want both left and right sides.

The screenshot below shows what our model looks like with a 0.125-inch offset used on both left and right sides.

Ahh, now the page image has a space around it, making the text easier to read than when the text is aligned with the merge box.

How to wrap text in an unusual shape with a paste
If your image is an unusual cut, the process of text flow to follow the edge of the shape is slightly different.

We will start in the same way as before, placing the image inside a rectangular frame on top of a text frame.

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