Author Topic: Another beginner question: getting text in a frame to flow around something else  (Read 1597 times)

Apeloverage

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How do I put a picture above a text frame and have the text flow around the picture?

Similarly, how do I put a second text frame above the first, and have the text in the first frame flow around the second?

Laser

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Hi Apeloverage!


In the tab Form of the Properties Palette you find different boxes - you can change them with Edit.


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I think this subject needs a decent tutorial writing for it. I thought there was one in the Wiki but I can't find anything good.

Here's the basic technique:
* Draw your text frame and put your text in it;
* Draw your image frame and put an image in it (or you can use whatever other object you want);
* Make sure that your image frame is at a higher level (or on a higher layer) than the text frame (text only flows around stuff that is "above" it.);
* Select the image frame and go to Properties Palette;
* Choose the "Shape" tab (or the "Group" tab if your image is in a group);
* Select one of the Text Flow options, Contour Line is best (for reasons I won't go into here);
* Move the image frame around to place it where you want.

If the text is too near the image then:
* Select the image frame and go to Properties Palette;
* Choose the "Shape" tab (or the "Group" tab if your image is in a group);
* Press the "Edit..." button;
* Check the "Edit Contour Line" box in the Node Editor dialog that has just popped up (very important as you're flowing around the Contour Line);
* Adjust the nodes as appropriate for what you want to do;
* When finished, press the "End Editing" button in the Node Editor dialog.

And that's it. If you're not happy with the flow then move the frame or re-edit the contour line.

Once you've mastered the technique above you might like to look at something a bit more powerful like this: https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/How_to_Isolate_an_image_and_create_a_clipping_path_for_text_flow

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Now I found the tutorial - it's in the manual!
Help - Scribus Manual - Editing shapes.

And for sure Shape, not Form - switching between English and German drives you crazy^^


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Thanks again.

GarryP

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Laser, thanks for posting about the piece in the manual that relates to this but I still think a good tutorial needs to be made.

What I could find in the Wiki isn't really usable for beginners and what's in the manual just skims over the subject.

This is a very important technique that anyone who wants to do DTP properly needs to be comfortable with.

I'll have a think about what can be done about it.