InDesign Fundamentals: Wrap Text Using Photoshop Paths

Dateline: October 10, 2008
Version: Adobe InDesign CS3

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Note that you must have paths saved in the Photoshop file before it is placed into InDesign. Multiple paths can be used for one image, as we show here. One path becomes the photo mask, and the other the text wrap.

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To work through this tutorial using the sample image, download flaghand.jpg from the liquidlibrary collection and launch InDesign. Choose File > New > Document (Command + N). For Page Size, select Letter and click OK. Using the Type tool (T), draw a large text box (approximately 3.5-in. x 6-in.). Choose Type > Character (Command + T). Using a standard typeface (we used 12-pt. Adobe Caslon), begin typing to fill the entire text box. Choose Edit > Deselect All (Command + Shift + A).

Choose File > Place (Command + D), select file flaghand.jpg and click Open. When the Loaded Graphics icon appears, click the document to place the file. Using the Selection tool (V), position the image so that half of it covers the text box. Choose Object > Clipping Path. Use the options in the resulting Clipping Path dialog box and click OK.
Choose Window > Text Wrap (Command + Option + W). Click the Wrap Text Around Object Shape button and use the other options as shown. Choose Edit > Deselect All (Command + Shift + A). Choose View > Hide Frame Edges (Command + H)
Our final effect is shown at left (click to enlarge).

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