Pete's Tips and Techniques: Using Wrap

Using Wrap

  One of the many powerful features in SureThing is the wrap feature.  You have probably already noticed certain smartdesigns have this feature built-in, but you may not have known how to use this feature for your own designs.  We'll cover two of the possible uses of this great feature below in our 2nd "Tips and Techniques" article:

Below you see a design I made from scratch, using the "Light Jazz" freeburn CD playlist:

Technique 1

Wrapping to a Circle Object

  It would be nice to have the above track list curve around the sun in the background image.   The solution is to wrap around a circle object.  First, make sure the wrap option is turned on for the text frame which contains the playlist.  To do this, double-click on the frame while in object mode.  Click the 'Properties' tab and be sure the 'Wrap' checkbox is checked.  If this option is grayed out, you will need to click on the 'Growth' tab and set the 'Horizontal' growth pulldown to "Fixed".  (Note: When you create a text frame using the "Create New Text Frame" option, wrap is turned off by default.  If you use the text frame tool, it will be turned on by default.)    Once you are sure that wrap is set, select the circle tool from the tools pulldown on the control strip:


  Now click and drag out a circle over the sun image in the background.  Double-click on the circle object to set its wrap and border properties.  First, we'll want to turn off the border, so that the circle does not show on the design:


  Then set the wrap pulldown to "Contour".  This controls how objects with the 'Wrap' checkbox checked will wrap around the circle:

Click OK, and you'll see the text is now wrapping around the contour of the circle object.  You can see the wrap areas by pressing ctrl-shift-9:

Technique 2

Wrapping text frames around each other.

Sometimes you will want to set text frames to wrap around each other.  Below is a back panel design for freeburnguide's NOFX/SNFU sampler:

  Since there are only two artists on this CD, we really don't need the artist listed for every track.  This is where text frame wrapping can come in handy.  The first 15 tracks are by NOFX, while the last 7 are by SNFU.  We'd like to insert the artist names in the flow of the track listing. 

  To do this, you'll want to create two text frames.  Use the text frame tool and type in the artist's names:

  Now we've got two text frames, one for NOFX and one for SNFU.  We are going to want to place the NOFX frame at the top of the list, and then insert the SNFU text frame in the middle of the list.  We want the tracks above and below the SNFU text frame to wrap to separate lines.  Double-click on the SNFU text frame, and select the 'Properties' tab. Set the 'Wrap' pulldown to "Line":

  The "Line" option forces other objects to wrap to the next line.  If we had chosen, "Text", the tracks would wrap to the right side of our frame. 

  Now we can drag the frames into position and adjust their color and font style (remember the ctrl-click to select objects inside or behind other objects....):

  For fine adjustments we'll want to adjust the wrap margins.  The easiest way to do this is to click and drag them.  Before we do this, however, we'll have to turn on the feature to, "show wrap margins".  Go to Tools>Program Options.  Check the checkbox for "Show text wrap margins on objects", and click OK:

Now we can click and drag the wrap margins to suit our needs.  Select the text frame, and hover the cursor over the outer text frame border.  It will change to a dark gray double-tipped arrow.  Clicking and dragging this border will set the wrap margins for the frame:

After a little fine tuning we are done!