[scribus] text flow around another text frame. (Scribus 1.4.6)

John Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Sat Jun 27 16:21:36 UTC 2015

On Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:50:31 -0400
Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:

> On 06/25/2015 07:37 PM, John Culleton wrote:
> > This has been discussed before I am sure, but
> > I can't find the magic formula. I want text
> > to flow around another text frame. I got that
> > to work. But T want a little offset so that
> > when the text flows it doesn't run up right
> > next to the other frame. Step by step what do
> > I need to do?
> > 
> There are two approaches, and you may want to
> use a bit of both.
> The first, as mentioned is to simply set the
> "Distances" for the frame that inside or being
> flowed around. This can be problematic if the
> frame is small, and be quite ugly.
> The other is to decide what you flow around.
> The default of course is the frame, but you can
> choose to flow around the contour line, which
> is under Shape > Text Flows Around Frame > Use
> Contour Line.
> Then, edit the frame (again under Shape), and
> check Edit Contour Line. Note that amongst the
> buttons are a couple which expand the Contour
> Line by a certain percentage all around or a
> certain number of points all around.
> Greg

I left out some important details. In this
project in order to match previous work the
inserted text frame has a light gray background
and rounded corners. Also my shaky old hands
won't allow me to manipulate a contour line with
any success.

So I took a different path entirely. For each
such frame I drew a slightly larger text frame
over the top of the existing one. I set it to
have text flow around it. Then I went to the Item
menu. selected "level", and lowered the blank
frame in relation with the real text frame. 

It works and it is not too difficult.

John Culleton
Wexford Press
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