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With the help of the "text wrap" it is only possible to adjust a path manually. In InDesign, I often use the transparency information of the image (alpha channels) to let the text flow directly around an extracted object. This doesn't seem to be possible in APub.
Do the developers plan to implement this functionality for psd- and afphoto-files?

U p d a t e  -  an example (use of an alpha channel):
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I don't understand how alpha channel information is being used in that example. I initially thought that you meant that the text flow was being affected by the drop shadow, but it doesn't seem to be that, as the text is sometimes outside the shadow and sometimes within it.

Can you explain further?


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1 hour ago, walt.farrell said:

I don't understand how alpha channel information is being used in that example. I initially thought that you meant that the text flow was being affected by the drop shadow, but it doesn't seem to be that, as the text is sometimes outside the shadow and sometimes within it.
Can you explain further?

This is an example from InDesign. There I placed a psd file. InDesign can interpret the transparency of the cut sheet (clipping path options). In addition, I have defined an offset. The shadows have no influence.

You shouldn't look at this too mathematically. Many things influence the result, such as word lengths and hyphenation rules. In addition, the paragraph orientation (here justification) has an influence on the result.

The concrete example was also not important for me. What is important is that this possibility exists in InDesign. I think that would be a very useful functionality in APub. Often transparency and channels have already been created during image processing. It would be nice if you could also use them during layout.


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2 hours ago, Michail said:

Often transparency and channels have already been created during image processing. It would be nice if you could also use them during layout.

I think this would be a nice addition to the text wrap capabilities of APub and a big time saver :)

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Sorry - I'm missing something!

In APub I have a text box. I put an image with a transparent background on top of it. I hit "Edit wrap outline", the text flows around the shape of the image. I can then adjust the offset etc in the wrap settings. - How is this different?

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43 minutes ago, PaulEC said:

Sorry - I'm missing something!
In APub I have a text box. I put an image on a transparent background on top of it. I hit "Edit wrap outline", the text flows around the shape of the image. I can then adjust the offset etc in the wrap settings. - How is this different?

Of course, that's the way to go. It's about the following things:

  • If you already have selections and/or transparent areas in an image editing program, you don't have to do that again in APub.
  • In an image editing program you usually have better possibilities to cut out objects.
  • The transparency information is part of the image. They are available after each placement in the layout. However, if you make the path directly in the layout, this path is unique, and you may have to repeat the work several times.

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Thanks for the explanation. I'm afraid I still can't really see what APub isn't doing that you can do in InDesign!

Here I've just dropped a picture with a transparent background (done in AP) on top of a text box and hit the "Edit wrap outline" button. The text then wraps itself around the image.

Isn't that all you're doing in InDesign?

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