How to Text Wrap Objects in Adobe InDesign CS6 Documents - dummies

How to Text Wrap Objects in Adobe InDesign CS6 Documents

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Images can have text wrapped around them in Adobe InDesign CS6. Wrapping is a typical feature of page layout in print and on the web.

You can choose different text wrap options by using the Text Wrap panel, which you open by choosing Window→Text Wrap. Use the five buttons at the top of the panel to specify which kind of text wrapping to use for the selected object. Below the buttons are text fields where you can enter offset values for the text wrap. The fields are grayed out if the option isn’t available.


You use the drop-down list at the bottom of the Text Wrap panel to choose from various contour options. The following list describes what happens when you click one of these buttons to wrap text around an object’s shape:

  • No Text Wrap: Use the default setting or to remove any text wrapping from the selected object.

  • Wrap around Bounding Box: Wrap text around all sides of the bounding box of the object.

  • Wrap around Object Shape: Wrap text around the edges of an object.

  • Jump Object: Make the text wrapping around the image jump from above the image to below it, with no text wrapping to the left or right of the object in the column.

  • Jump to Next Column: Make text end above the image and then jump to the next column. No text is wrapped to the left or right of the image.

  • Offset: Enter offset values for text wrapping on all sides of the object.

  • Wrap Options: Select an option to determine on which sides of the object text will wrap.

  • Contour Options: Select a contour from this drop-down list, which tells InDesign how the edges of the image are determined. You can choose from various vector paths or the edges to be detected around an object or image with transparency.

  • Top Offset: Enter a value for the top offset modifier to offset the text wrapping around the object.

To add text wrapping to an object (a drawing or an image), follow these steps:

  1. Create a text frame on the page.

    Add text to the text frame by typing text, pasting text from elsewhere, or filling the frame with placeholder text. This text wraps around the image, so make sure that the text frame is slightly larger than the graphic frame you’ll use.

  2. Use the Selection tool to select a graphic frame on the page and move it over the text frame.

    Bounding box handles appear around the edges of the image or graphic.

  3. Choose Window→Text Wrap to open the Text Wrap panel.

    The Text Wrap panel opens.

  4. With the graphic frame still selected, click the Wrap around Object Shape button.

    The text wraps around the image instead of hiding behind it.

  5. If you’re working with an image that has a transparent background, select Detect Edges or Alpha Channel from the Contour Options drop-down list.

    The text wraps around the edges of the image.