Text Controls in the Style Pane

This section describes the parameters in the Style pane of the Text Inspector, which include the Face, Outline, Glow, Drop Shadow groups. Of the following Style parameters, the Opacity and Color (in the Face controls) also appear in the Text HUD.

Text Face Controls in the Style Pane

Use the text Face controls to specify whether the text is a solid color, a color gradient, or a texture. The following section describes the Face parameters. Nearly all of the Face parameters can be animated.

Figure. Face controls in the Style pane of the Text tab.

Note: You can warp the fill of text independently of its other style parameters. For more information, see Adjusting Glyph Attributes.

  • Face: Enables and disables the text face parameters (Fill, Color, Opacity, Blur, and Four Corner). Face is enabled by default.
  • Color/Gradient/Texture: Sets the text fill color, gradient, or texture, depending on which item is selected in the “Fill With” pop-up menu. Click the disclosure triangle to adjust additional parameters.

    Note: When a LiveFont is applied to text, an additional Color Mix parameter is available in the Color controls. For more information, see Using LiveFonts.

    For information on editing text color, see Changing the Text Color. For more information on applying a gradient to text, see Applying a Gradient to Text. For more information on using textures, see Text Texture-Related Tasks.

  • Opacity: Sets the text opacity, regardless of the selected fill option (Color, Gradient, or Texture).

    For more information on changing text opacity, see Changing Text Opacity.

  • Blur: Sets the softness of the text, regardless of the selected fill option.
  • Four Corner: Controls the position of the face attribute. This allows for fun warping of the text characters. In the following illustration, the Four Corner parameter in the Face controls has been modified (the Four Corner parameter for the red outline has not been modified). Click the disclosure triangle to reveal the following controls:
    Figure. Canvas showing text object with face distorted.
    • Bottom Left: Offsets the text fill from the lower left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Bottom Right: Offsets the text fill from the lower right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Right: Offsets the text fill from the upper right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Left: Offsets the text fill from the upper left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.

Texture Subparameters in the Style Pane

You can use an image, movie, shape, layer, or group as the fill for text. You do this with the Texture option in the Face controls of the Style pane.

For information on using the Texture controls, see Text Texture-Related Tasks.

Figure. Canvas window showing text face with texture applied.

The texture parameters respect any filters applied to the source image, but not any transforms applied to the image. For example, if the image used as the source texture has a glow filter applied, the glow appears in the text’s texture. If the image used as the source texture has been scaled, moved, or contains applied behaviors, the result of the transforms does not appear in the applied texture.

The Texture controls allow you to adjust additional subparameters. If you are using an image sequence or movie as the text’s texture source, you can specify the start frame for the texture, or choose to hold a single frame for the texture. You can also adjust the position of a texture that is applied to text so that it is offset in the text, but not repositioned in your project. If an image used as a texture is cut off, you can specify the edge behavior of the texture.

Figure. Inspector window showing Texture editing controls including start Frame, Hold Frame, Offset, and Wrap Mode.
  • Image: Drag the image you want to use as the source texture into the image well.
  • Frame: When using a movie or an image sequence as the texture source, use the slider or value sliders to specify the start frame for the texture.
  • Hold Frame: When using a movie or an image sequence as the texture source, select the Hold Frame checkbox to freeze the frame specified in the Frame parameter. The selected frame is used as the texture for the text layer’s total duration.
  • Offset: Drag or enter a number in the Offset value sliders to specify the X and Y values of the position of the source texture (relative to the text layer).

Text Outline Controls in the Style Pane

Use the Outline controls in the Style pane to create text outlines. You can change the fill of the outline, as well as its opacity, softness, width, and layer order. With the exception of Layer Order, all of the Outline parameters can be animated.

Note: You can warp the outline of text independently of its other style parameters. For more information, see Adjusting Glyph Attributes.

Figure. Outline controls in the Style pane of the Text tab.
  • Outline: A checkbox that enables and disables the outline of the text. Outline is disabled by default.
  • Color/Gradient/Texture: Sets the text outline color, gradient, or texture, depending on which item is selected in the “Fill with” pop-up menu. Click the disclosure triangle to adjust additional parameters.
  • Opacity: Sets the opacity of the text outline.
  • Blur: Sets the softness of the text outline.
  • Width: Sets the thickness of the outline.
  • Four Corner: Controls the position of the outline attribute. This allows for outline warping effects. Click the disclosure triangle to reveal the following controls:
    • Bottom Left: Offsets the text outline from the lower left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Bottom Right: Offsets the text outline from the lower right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Right: Offsets the text outline from the upper right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Left: Offsets the text outline from the upper left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.

Text Glow Controls in the Style Pane

Use the Glow controls to create a glow in front of or behind text. With the exception of Layer Order, all of the Glow parameters can be animated.

When the Glow checkbox is selected, the text is rasterized. For more information, see About Rasterization.

Note: You can warp the glow of text independently of its other style parameters. For more information, see Adjusting Glyph Attributes.

Figure. Glow controls in the Style pane of the Text tab.
  • Glow: A checkbox that enables and disables the text glow effect. Glow is disabled by default.
  • Color/Gradient/Texture: Sets the color, gradient, or texture of the glow effect. Click the disclosure triangle to adjust additional parameters.
  • Opacity: Sets the opacity of the text glow.
  • Blur: Sets the softness of the text glow.
  • Radius: Sets the circumference of the glow.
  • Scale: Sets the size of the glow.
  • Offset: Offsets the glow in the X or Y position.
  • Four Corner: Controls the position of the glow attribute. This allows for glow warping effects. Click the disclosure triangle to reveal the following controls:
    • Bottom Left: Offsets the text glow from the lower left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Bottom Right: Offsets the text glow from the lower right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Right: Offsets the text glow from the upper right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Left: Offsets the text glow from the upper left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.

Text Drop Shadow Controls in the Style Pane

Use the Drop Shadow controls to create a drop shadow on text, and to adjust the shadow color, opacity, offset from the text layer, softness, and angle. All of the Drop Shadow parameters can be animated.

Figure. Drop Shadow controls in the Style pane of the Text tab.
  • Drop Shadow: A checkbox that enables and disables the drop shadow effect. Drop Shadow is disabled by default.

    Note: When the Flatten checkbox is selected in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector, the Properties tab also contains controls to enable and disable a text layer’s drop shadow. The Drop Shadow controls in the Properties tab of the Inspector are independent of the controls in the Text Inspector. Enabling Drop Shadow in both locations adds to the existing shadow.

  • Color/Gradient/Texture: Sets the color, gradient, or texture of the shadow. Click the disclosure triangle to adjust additional parameters.
  • Opacity: Sets the opacity of the text shadow.
  • Blur: Sets the softness of the text shadow.
  • Scale: Sets the size of the shadow.
  • Distance: Specifies the offset of the text shadow.
  • Angle: Sets the angle (or direction) of the drop shadow.
  • Fixed Source: When this checkbox is selected, the drop shadow behaves as if it were cast by a fixed light source, regardless of camera or text movement.
  • Four Corner: Controls the position of the drop shadow attribute. This allows for outline warping effects. Click the disclosure triangle to reveal the following controls:
    • Bottom Left: Offsets the text drop shadow from the lower left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Bottom Right: Offsets the text drop shadow from the lower right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Right: Offsets the text drop shadow from the upper right of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.
    • Top Left: Offsets the text drop shadow from the upper left of its original position. Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text fill in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text fill in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X and Y position values.