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Photoshop to InDesign: Creating Image Masks for Text Wraps

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. InDesign Image Wrap 01 Select Your Image Export

    • 3. InDesign Image Wrap 02

    • 4. InDesign Image Wrap 03

    • 5. InDesign Image Wrap 04

    • 6. InDesign Image Wrap 05

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About This Class

Learn how to select, refine save and export images from Photoshop that are ready to use in Adobe InDesign when you need to create a text wrap. 

In this class you will cover, in detail, some creative techniques for preparing text wraps that will useful when deisgning magazine, newsletter and book layouts in Adobe InDesign. We will cover mask creation, the use of adjustment layers along with some tips and tricks along the way not only for using Photoshop for creating text wraps but looking in depth at how you can work with layered Photoshop files in your InDesign projects.

Check out the preview of what you will learn below:


Below is a list of my other Adobe InDesign classes on Skillshare:

Photoshop to InDesign: Creating Image Masks for Text Wraps

Adobe InDesign: Introduction to Shape, Image & Text Objects in-depth

InDesign: Placing Images, Scaling Images, Controlling Resolution & Rotating Images

InDesign: Create Custom Image Frames with Shapes, Type & The Pathfinder in this Graphic Design Class

InDesign: Create a Trifold Flyer

InDesign: Create Text Columns with Titles and Quotes that Span Them

InDesign: Table Styles & Scripts

InDesign: Create a Custom Newsletter Layout

InDesign: Tips for Customising Perfect Lists

InDesign: Save Time by Using Nested Paragraph Styles - Gallery Labels

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: I think it's been household here and in this class we're gonna be looking at how we set up a textract. So we're gonna go right from an image in adobe for a shop. We're gonna look at how we create the mask on, then how we translate that mask, that transparency in the photograph into adobe in design and creates extra around some customized objects. So, as you can see here, we're taking some customized objects. Um, some designs on, then looking at how we can have some fun as we worked with different layers to create text wraps. There's some really great inspiration online for different ways in which you can use text wraps in your designs on. Do some research before you begin your own project for this course. And I look forward to seeing some of your work up on the project board. Andi, I enjoy tutorial and check out some way. Other photo shop in design and Emma strikes tutorials on the side 2. InDesign Image Wrap 01 Select Your Image Export: Okay, so we're gonna dive straight in here in photo shop on and set up transparency on the mass that we can then use to wrap our text around in adobe in design. So the first thing we do is open up an image. Now, you can download this image from the website Andi loaded up, or you can use your own image and to work with. So once you've got the image open, what we need to do is actually create some transparency within that image. This is an image, it straight from a digital camera J peg image. And so we're gonna actually look how we mask around this in a couple of different ways. So festival I'm gonna unlock the background layer. Now, the way that I do that is just by double clicking here, and it will bring up my my new layer options. So I just call this new layer camera, okay? And so you'll see the padlock will disappear so we can only create transparency on layers there layers rather than backgrounds. So they have to be unlocked in this way. So we're gonna go ahead on begin toe mask around this shape. Okay? so I'm gonna grab the quick selection tools from my tool by here. Okay? So just before we get started, actually, if you don't see the same kind of window layout in Adobe Photo Shop a Zycie here, then just jump to window workspace, make sure you're on essentials on, then go to reset Essentials. Okay? And that will give you the essentials do in my professional. So we're gonna go ahead on with our quick master fourth tool down. It's over here, and we're gonna just drag across this camera, and it should do a reasonably good job of selecting most of the image here. But so I'm just gonna keep dragging across the camera here, and it will keep adding to the selection. Okay, if I want to change the size of my quick selection bust brush here, I could just jump up to the size tool here on just increase the size there. I can also modify the hardness a little bit if we have some soft raged images that were masking out so and we can combine this tool with other selection tools like the last suitable or the polygonal lasso tool, which you might do for some of the detail around the edges of this image. So I would just keep going with this on, basically, with masking an image as you would if we were wanting toe select it, copy and paste it. Keep the transparency off that image. So this technique is useful in a lot of different areas of worship. Once I got general outline of my image here, I'm gonna start to zoom in. So it's a couple of different zoom controls I use when I'm zooming in and masking out objects. One of those is command and plus or controlling, Plus on the PC commander minus Okay, that allows me to zoom in when I have any tool selected here. If I hold down the space bar, then I can move around. So hold down, space ball, clicking on the mouse on. Then I can move around nicely around my object here, and you can see I'm not quite grabbing all of the edge of this object. So I'm just gonna grab the polygonal last little Teoh title itself a little bit. Okay, So holding down shift when you yelled out to the selection that I already have a stranglehold on shift and just start toe move around the detail of this. Okay? And what I tend to do is just had small selections, one at a time, so kind of looking at different parts. And if I hold down option of it did okay on the keyboard, then I can remove selections from the image as you can see up here. So just gonna keep guy hold down, shift some of these smaller details and then keep going. I'm just doing a little bit of time, which gives me the flexibility to go backwards if I make any mistakes or have any issues with what's happening here. So So where? I've got some come geometric shapes within my shape here, I can jump to the elliptical tour. Okay, zoom right in here and right in here. If I want to corrupt this hole in the camera here with the Ellipse tool selected, I could hold down the null key on the keyboard. And then I'm just looking for that top left corner here where I can then remove that selection from the selection there. So again I can keep adding to or removing from the selection by using the cult and shift modify keys 3. InDesign Image Wrap 02: Okay, So once we've been around this image and we've made our selection, then we can go ahead and create transparency. Now, once we've created transparency, we've got a lot of creative options that we can play with in terms off, creating new layers, create adjustment layers, working with the levels before we bring it into in designed to create the text wrapping. We'll have a look at a few of those. One thing I'll do is I'll leave an image on the site with the transparency created so you can use that and just jump straight into in design. Or you can go ahead and try and mask out your own image in adobe for shop. Okay, so we're gonna go ahead now and what's we've got our selection. We're gonna do command or control and zero toe zoom back to fit, and then we're gonna jump down to the bottom of our layers panel. And if you don't see your layers panel, just go to window on layers to bring the layers panel up. Okay? Now we can go ahead and click. Add layer mask, add a layer mask and it will create transparency and for our image Now, if you want to check our image based on the original on what we cut out just to see whether it's working or not, we can hold down shift and then just click on the layer mask and that will then allow us to see the before and after of that image. So I'm gonna go ahead now and save this file. And when I say I'm gonna drop it right into my desktop, so file save, I will just save it. Has camera masked, and I'd like to leave the original image file name here in my file name. It just means that if I ever need to go back on, make any changes to the image file that I can find the original easily. So I tend to upend the image name that I've named with the original finding. So it's safe here now. Okay, well, that maximize the compatibility and we can see. Actually, I've left a great big, gaping hole right here in my mask, which had in the spot. So we'll go ahead and we'll fix this with the brush tool. So if we look at our layer mask here, we can grab the brush tool. Okay. On. Basically wanna paint white in this area of the image. Here, on the lame aside, looked the lame asking. You can select the image or the layer mask. You can see that border kind of moving around in my layers panel there. We want to make sure that we're on this selection with the layer mask selected. Okay. Now I can grab my brush tool. Okay. And once I'm in there, I can adjust the brush to size with square brackets. Make sure why is my foreground color here? So I could just switch those taking this little hook, Tara. And then I could just paint back in that section there. Okay, So it's one nice thing working with the layer mask is that when we're working with it, we are actually not doing anything destructively. We can always go back to the original image and fix any gaping holes that we find when we realize we've made mistakes with our lame asking 4. InDesign Image Wrap 03: Okay, let's go ahead now and get this file ready for in design. So we do a couple different layers here, So I'm gonna now duplicate this layer, okay? And I'm gonna add an adjustment layer. So, hue saturation adjustment layer. I'm gonna colorize this layer on, just increase the saturation, make it a little bit lighter. So we get this kind of washed out version of that image. Okay, So when we're working in design with these different layers, we can actually access different layers from fur shop document in in design, which could use of nice design control and some nice creative control when you're actually creating your layer master trying to create some different types of layout. So I'm gonna select the hue saturation, lay here on the camera copy layer, and they just come to this small arrow. It's dropped down. Andi, merge those two layers, so command or control, any will merge those two layers on that Now means I can access that easily within adobe in design. Okay, let's do one more of these. I'm gonna drag it's layup and duplicated. So when I'm dragging and duplicating, there's layers and holding down the bulky and to make that duplication. So hold Donald on drag, and you can see that will make that Jupiter of that layer. Okay, so let's go ahead and add another adjustment layer. So I'm gonna go to a levels adjustment layer this time, and I'm gonna limits the output level. So I'm gonna make this image kind of this washed out on a mitt, right? And then I'm just gonna reduce the amount of green in the highlights there just to give this Ah, kind of slightly careful. Look. Okay, so we can modify this a little bit more. Okay, That's working quite nicely. Okay, so now I'm gonna emerge these two layers of highlight these two layers and go to but in here merge layers on that will merge those two layers. And now I have a few different layers that I can bring into adobe in design on wrap my text around. Okay, so let's say this, Okay. We're gonna go ahead and create brand new in design documents that will jump into in design amusing command on the tab to move around my applications on the mac. If you use all on the tab key on windows that will move around in windows in the same way 5. InDesign Image Wrap 04: Okay, so now that we're in in design, we're gonna create new documents. We're gonna go to file new on document. We're gonna create a brand new letter size document. Okay, second half by 11 will keep it as a portrait image. Okay, on. We will give this document a 0.1 to 5 lead, and then once we've got that set up, we'll leave our margins as it's on. DWI will turn off the facing pages and click. OK, OK. So you can copy the settings I've got here for you in your document. Click. Ok, Okay. So let's go ahead and add text frame here, and we'll fill that with some placeholder text. I'm gonna grab the title and just drag out a text train within my margins here. I'm once I have that, I'm gonna go to tight and right on the bottom here type menu filled with placeholder text. Okay, I'm just gonna modify these paragraphs a tiny bit, so I'm gonna change this to scroll up the top and we'll use mirror pro on. Then I'm just gonna increase the space after the paragraph in the paragraph options over here. So I'm looking for the space after the paragraph. Just push that upto 0.125 Got a nice space on within a paragraph, and then I will go back to the selection tool on just de selected type. So now we're gonna place our images and sometimes hear what I'll do is I have a layer for text and images. Okay, So I'm just gonna keep everything on the same layer here for a moment, working quite simple document, but managing your your layers so that you can separate background layers off images, layers of text and layers of content like headers and footers in at IBM design of the good way to work. Especially if you're working with longer, more complex documents. Save your any confusion when you're kind of moving around a document. So I'm gonna go ahead and say this right to the desktop, and we'll call this image right, Okay. And so now I'm gonna go ahead and place my images. So if I go to and when you place the images, you just need to make sure that you have nothing selected. So make sure you jump back to the selection tool and clicked away from anything you have selected or gone to edit and d select all the option. That's great out here because we don't have anything selected. So we'll go to file on place or command and d or controlling day on the PC. Okay, so we'll select our image and we'll click open. Okay, So now I can track out box for my image here, and you can see we have the transparency within that frame. So I'm gonna rotate this image on to rotate an image in adobe in design. Just come up to the top left hand corner or top right hand corner of your box here on the blue box and just hover outside that blue box. And if we now move that, it will rotate. Okay? As we rotating, if we hold down shift, it will constrain the rotation so we can moves this into place. Okay, I'm just gonna let this hang over on the left hand side here. And if you want to resize that image, we can hold down command and shift for control and shift on the PC and re scale that object . So I'm just gonna zoom out a little bit so I can re scale this up. So it fills a hole left hand side off my my paycheck. Okay, Don't have the camera kind of creeping into the left hand side here, and then I'm gonna put the other half of the camera on the the right hand side. Okay? So in order to do that, I'm just gonna Well, in this left hand. How the image. Okay, right. So here, fix the bleeding a second. And then I'm gonna pull this image across so that right there until it snaps toe the hedge . Okay. And now, if I pull this out, it's gonna be the exact reverse heart, that image. So now I'm using the space bar holding down the space bar as I want to make around. Okay. Going to pull this in from the right here, Okay. And then just pull this back out to the bleed. And I did it that way so that I have the line matching on the left hand side on the right hand side that's of the image starts and stops in exactly the same spot. So let's select our left hand in this year, and we're gonna go to object clipping path and options. Okay, on the clipping path defines the shape around which the the text will wrap. So if I select detective juice here, Okay, it's gonna detect those edges that I have in my file. Okay? All I can use Alfa Channel, and it will use the transparency from that that file so we can use one or the other. They both produce a pretty good result. I'm gonna stick without channel. It looks like it's producing a nice type. A mosque around that image. Okay. And we can see if you don't see that brown line popping around your image. Just check the preview button and that will turn that on and off. Now click. OK, Okay. And then we're going to go up back to the selection tool. Right? So the black are a tool. Doesn't different jobs, Some the other selection tools and what we're looking for up at the top here is this wrap around object option. Okay. And that will wrap the text as you can see around the object there. Okay, so now we can see that the left hand side of that text is a little bit ragged, so we're gonna actually go ahead on. And now just push this text away from the edge of that image. So gonna go to window and Textract told this floating window to the right. Okay. And then I'm gonna increase this number, which is the padding around here. And you can see that's just nicely pushing a text away from my image here. Okay, I would do the same to the right and image. Go to object, clipping path and options. Now, we could have done one image and then moved it. But I want you to practise the techniques that will select Alfa Channel again. OK, and then click. Ok, turn on the text wrapping. We can do that right from within the text trap window. Okay. And then we can push up. We can push up the the padding. I was going a little bit negative, and so it was actually making the text overlap my image. Okay, so now you can see it's following The line of image on the text is flying quite nicely on between these two parts of the image. If I grab the selection tool, click away from everything and then hold down the shift key and tap. W you see? I got a nice preview off the text wrap around that image 6. InDesign Image Wrap 05: So now let's just have a look at one other thing, which is the layers that we create in photo shop. So I'm gonna It escaped here from the full screen. So I'm going to right click here and go to object layer options. So right here, right here. Now I can change which layers of visible I'm gonna turn on preview. Okay? And you can see now I'm flipping between those different layers that I created so we can have this original color of the image here, Onda. We can also have this blue hue, saturation adjusted image that we used Click OK, and I think that's the version I'm gonna go with the moment with the blue on the left and then this purple image on the right hand side. So here's a quick tips of how to create transparency and Photoshopped how to work with adjustment layers as well. But then also how toe bring those photoshopped layers with transparency into adobe in design and then used them to create clipping path. I hope it's been useful for you. I look forward to how you create and work with these in your designs in Arabian design. I look forward to posting some of your text layouts and typographical layouts to the course board