How to Wrap Text Using AdobeCS5 Illustrator - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Using a text-wrap style in your Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator project is an easy way to add a bit of creativity. A text wrap forces text to wrap around a graphic.

1Create a text area.

After creating the area either enter text or paste text into it. Then place an image that you can wrap the text around.

2Select the wrap object.

This object is the one you want the text to wrap around.

3Make sure that the wrap object is on top.

The object must be above the text you want to wrap around it by choosing Object→Arrange→Bring to Front.

If you’re working in layers make sure that the wrap object is on the top layer.

4Choose Object→Text Wrap→Make.

An outline of the wrap area is visible.

5Adjust the wrap area by choosing Object→Text Wrap→Text Wrap Options.

The Text Wrap Options dialog box appears.

You now have two options. The first is Offset which specifies the amount of space between the text and the wrap object. You can enter a positive or negative value. The other option is to invoke Invert Wrap which wraps the text on the inside of the wrap object instead of around it.

6When you finish making selections, click OK.

If you want to change the text wrap at a later point, select the object and choose Object→Text Wrap→Text Wrap Options. Make your changes and click OK.

If you want to unwrap text from an object, select the wrap object and choose Object→Text Wrap→Release.