Auto text wrapping inside a shape

09/10/2008

Shapes can be used as Paragraph text frames. Here are some tips and tricks on how to place texts inside objects and make them inherit the shape of that object.

Web-to-print auto text wrapping inside a shape

Before you start

  • Add a page frame (Layout/Page Setup/Add Page Frame). This will create a rectangular shape with the exact same size as the paper size of your template and place it as a bottom layer.
  • Draw or import a shape that will be the text frame.

Inserting the text

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Select the Text tool (F8), move the cursor to the edge of the shape till you see it change to an Insert in object pointer and click on it.

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You should see a Paragraph text frame that goes along the inner edges of the shape. Paste the dummy text inside it and turn it into a variable web-to-print field using the Object Data Manager.

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Click inside the text frame with the Text tool, press Ctrl+A on the keyboard to select the entire text and set Force Justify as the text’s horizontal alignment.

Note. Remember to set the font to auto resize.

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The result should be something similar to this.

All Done!

Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it.

Web-to-print auto text wrapping inside a shape

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Try this web-to-print template.

Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

The complex approach

You can achieve this effect even if you don’t have the shape as a curve by manualy shaping the paragraph text frame with the help of the envelope tool. Learn how to do that here.

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