Shape Outside with Basic Shape - circle()

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With the shape-outside CSS property one can define shape values for the float area so that the inline content wraps around the shape instead of the float’s box.


img:nth-of-type(1) {
  shape-outside: circle(80px at 50% 50%);
  float: left;
  width: 200px;
img:nth-of-type(2) {
  shape-outside: circle(80px at 50% 50%);
  float: right;
  width: 200px;  
p {
  text-align: center;
  line-height: 30px; /* purely for demo */


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In the above example, both the images are actually square images and when the text is placed without the shape-outside property, it will not flow around the circle on either side. It will flow around the containing box of the image only. With shape-outside the float area is re-defined as a circle and the content is made to flow around this imaginary circle that is created using shape-outside.

The imaginary circle that is used to re-define the float area is a circle with radius of 80px drawn from the center-mid point of the image’s reference box.

Below are a couple of screenshots to illustrate how the content would be wrapped around when shape-outside is used and when it is not used.

Output with shape-outside

Output without shape-outside

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