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Chapter 71. Text Wraps > Creating Contours

Creating Contours

Both QuarkXPress and InDesign provide several ways to create contours that follow the shape of a frame, the graphic inside a frame, a path, and so on. In InDesign, when you choose Wrap Around Object Shape, the contour options at the bottom of the palette become available. Table 71-1 compares the choices for creating contours in the two applications.

Contour Choices

Both QuarkXPress and InDesign can read paths and clipping paths which are stored in TIFF, JPEG or EPS files, and InDesign can read them in Photoshop PSD files, too. To do this in InDesign, select Photoshop Path from the Type popup menu in the Text Wrap palette, and then select the name of the path you want to use for the wrap in the Path menu. Similarly, if the image has an extra channel, you can use it by choosing Alpha, and then selecting the name of the channel to use. Note that InDesign, unlike XPress, treats an image’s transparency mask (the boundary of transparent areas) as an additional channel.


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