Inline Graphics, Outside the Box

One question I frequently hear from QuarkXPress users is: “Is there a way to anchor a picture box in a text box, yet have it hang outside the box and follow along when the text flow changes?”

Well, yes. I can think of two ways to do this. One trick would be to paste the picture box as an anchored graphic at the beginning of the paragraph, then type a space before it. You could then kern back over the space a considerable amount, putting the graphic outside text box.

Inline Graphics, Outside the Box

Another trick would be to turn on the automatic Clipping Path for that picture, then turn off the checkbox labeled Restrict to Box:

Inline Graphics, Outside the Box

You could then use the Arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge the picture outside of its box. You then need to resize the picture box so that the text moves over to the left where you want it to be.

Inline Graphics, Outside the Box

If you have a lot of these to format, you could copy and paste the beginning of your formatted text, including the hanging graphic, from one paragraph to the next. Then just replace the graphic in the box with a new graphic and press Command-Option-Shift-F. This will fit the new graphic proportionately into the existing picture box. (Windows: Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F)