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Text Wrap in Adobe Illustrator

Creating wraps for placed bitmap and EPS graphics By Dave Nagel
Here's a question that comes up every now and again: How do you make text wrap around an object in Adobe Illustrator? Better yet, how do you get text to wrap around placed bitmap or EPS graphics within Illustrator? It just doesn't seem possible, right? Right. But here's a simple workaround.

For this example, I have a hypothetical multi-column article on the care and feeding of butterflies to be used in a public awareness advertisement, and I want to make my text wrap around my bitmap graphic. In the end, it will look something like this.

Not too complicated. So how do you make that text wrap around the object? First, you have to know two things: only block text can wrap in Illustrator, and the wrap can only be applied to closed objects. So this won't work with path or point text. (If you've already created point text, you can simply cut it and paste it into a block, which we'll create now.)


1. So first, draw your text block. Select the Text tool, and use it to draw a box on your canvas.



2. If you wish, you can make this a multi-column block of text by switching the the Selection tool (pointer) and then choosing Type > Rows and Columns. Enter the number of columns you wish in the dialog that pops up.




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