Wrapping text around images
The Wrap setting determines the relation between the text and the image. Several possibilities are provided:
With this option the text is placed above and below the image but not around it. This is the wrapping type used for most of the figures in this book.
Page Wrap or Optimal Page Wrap
The text flows around the image. Moving the image around the page causes the text to be rearranged to fill the space to the left and right of it. Optimal Page Wrap prevents text from being placed to the side of the image if the spacing between the image and the margin is less than 2 cm.
Superimposes the image on the text. This option must be used with the image-transparency setting in order to make the text under the picture visible.
Similar to Wrap Through, but the image is placed behind the text so there may be no need to change the transparency to make the text visible.
The No Wrap option found in the pop-up menu of a picture is equivalent to the Wrap Off menu item in the Format > Wrap menu.
The wrap format is normally selected after the anchoring and the alignment of the picture have been decided. To set the position of an image to the desired wrap format, follow these steps:
- Select an image by clicking on it.
- Right-click to display the pop-up menu and move the mouse pointer to Wrap to display the available wrap formats. Alternatively you can select Format > Wrap from the main menu.
- Select the desired wrap format.
When anchoring a graphic as character, you can only adjust the distance between the image and the text; no wrapping option is displayed.
To fine tune the wrapping options, open the Picture dialog and select the Wrap page.
Open this dialog by selecting Format > Picture from the main menu or right-click and select Picture from the pop-up menu. For drawing objects, you can access the Wrap page by selecting Format > Wrap > Edit in the main menu or right-click and select Wrap > Edit from the pop-up menu.
This dialog is divided into three sections. In the top part you can select among the wrap types mentioned above, plus two additional wrap formats that prevent the text from filling the area to the left (After) or to the right (Before) of the picture. Use the Spacing section of the page to adjust the spacing between the image and the text. The contents of the Options section of the page may change depending on the selected wrap format.
Starts a new paragraph below the image after you press Enter.
This option becomes available if Through Wrap is selected; it moves the image into the background.
Wraps the text around a custom contour rather than around the edge of the picture; it is only available for Page or Optimal Page Wrap. See the Writer Guide for a detailed description and example of how to use this option.
Forces the text to wrap on the outside of the image, even if the contour contains open areas within the shape.
Example: page wrapping
The figure above shows an example of page wrapping in action. To do this:
- Insert the image into the document, then anchor it to the first paragraph. To move the anchor, select the image and move it until the anchor symbol is at the beginning of the paragraph. Do not worry about the position as that will be fixed in the next step.
- Align the image so that the left margin of the image is in line with the paragraph indentation. This can be done with the mouse or using the advanced settings. In the example, the image is placed at 1 cm from the left of the paragraph area.
- Change the wrap to Page Wrap. It starts out OK; however, there is still too little space between the image and the text. To correct it, access the Wrap page of the Picture dialog and set the gap between the image and text to 0.2 cm in the Right and Bottom boxes.
- The last touch is to change the position so that the image is below the first line of the paragraph. Again, you can use the mouse to drag the image or use the advanced settings, which require a bit of trial and error.
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