We will guide you through each formatting tool on offer and also give advice on how best to utilise them. With some care and common sense, you will have everything you need to create documents that stand out both visually and textually.
1 Manipulating images
Once you have imported an image, drag one of the corner handles on the image to resize and position it. Carefully monitor how the text automatically adjusts around it.
2 Move with text
If you like the image placement but plan to add text, select Move with Text in the Format inspector’s Arrange tab to keep the text surrounding the image aligned with it.
3 The mask size
Double-click the image to display the masking bar. Click the right icon and drag a handle to adjust the mask to the dimensions that you want the image to ultimately fill.
4 Use the mask
Click the left icon to zoom in using the slider. The image will not overflow the mask, but the text will adjust if you increase the image size to fill the new mask size.
5 Text arrangement
To change how the text surrounds the image, click the Arrange tab in the Format inspector and select Text Wrap. Experiment with the options to see which looks best.
6 Spacing is important
The Spacing option under Arrange lets you define the exact spacing around images. This feature is crucial – use the smallest spacing possible for a professional effect.
7 Surrounding shapes
The right-hand Text Fit icon surrounds non- rectangular images with text on every side, but you need to manage the spacing very carefully. Adjustments will be required.
8 Instant Alpha
If you insert an image with white space around the subject, click Instant Alpha. Click the white background when prompted and text will automatically fill the white space.
9 Protect your work
When you are happy with the image placement and surrounding text, click the lock icon in the Format inspector. No image changes can then be made until ‘unlock’ is clicked.
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