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mabellucy Calculating status...
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May 7, 2012 12:00 AM

I am trying to use pages to do what I am familiar with in Microsoft Publisher.

In Publisher I could have a line picture with uneven edges and select adjustable points. I would then have points outlining the shape and they were adjustable. The text would then follow this outline of my shape that I adjusted myself.

I get how to do this now in pages but I have not been able to fine tune it. Depending on the text it may be very close to the drawing on the right but not on the left. And yes I have it set to go around all sides. And if I move the object it will then be very close on the left but not on the right.

Is there any to "fine tune" the text wrapping in pages.


Screen shot 2012-05-06 at 11.55.21 PM.png

This just seems to follow a rigid straight line instead of  following the shape of the drawing. I want it to be like in a magazine where the text follows the shape of the picture. And I did do instant alpha. I have been experimenting as suggested but am not really getting very far. Maybe pages layout just isn't designed for this.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,230 points)
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    May 7, 2012 1:29 AM (in response to mabellucy)

    Same method as in most DTP applications.


    In Pages you trace the object with the pen tool, at the bottom of the shapes menu, select both the drawn shape and the image:


    Menu > Format > Mask with selected Shape


    Double clicking on the shape will then let you fine tune the points.


    If there is a background to the image you select it and :


    Menu > Format > Instant Alpha > Paint over the areas you'd like to mask


    Control the Wrap with:


    Inspector > Wrap > Text Fit



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,230 points)
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    May 7, 2012 1:44 AM (in response to mabellucy)

    Mask with shape.png

  • 8383 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to mabellucy)

    You can place a shape behind your graphic and make it editable in the usual way. Make sure you have grapic "Object Causes Wrap" selected. Then drag the points on it to where you want. Colour it to background colour so it is not seen.  You can group it with the graphic afterwards if you want.  This should acheive what you want to do.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,230 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:53 PM (in response to 8383)

    Why would you want to make a separate object that requires you to edit it the same as the edit on the actual mask (as I showed above)?




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