Text Margin and Tab-Related Tasks

These tasks are useful when editing text margins and tabs.

Creating a Text Margin

You can create a custom margin using the Margin controls in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector or by drawing a text bounding box in the Canvas.

For information on creating a text box using the Text tool, see Adding Paragraph Text in the Canvas.

To create text margins in the Inspector
  1. Select the Text tool, click in the Canvas, and type some text.

    By default, the text is set to Type in the Layout pane.

    Note: Clicking the Text tool in the Canvas without dragging creates a blank text layer.

  2. In the Layout pane, set Layout Method to Paragraph.

  3. Set margin values using the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom Margin sliders.

  4. Press Esc or click the Select/Transform tool to select the text bounding box and exit text-editing mode.

Working with Tabs

When a Rich Text Format file is imported into a Motion project, any tabs defined in the RTF file are retained. You can also add and modify tabs to text created in a Motion project. Different lines of text that are separated by hard returns can have different tabs.

Tabs are displayed in the Canvas and in the Layout panel of the Text Inspector.

Note: Text alignment is controlled with the Layout Method pop-up menu in the Layout pane.

To add a tab
  1. Ensure the text is set to Paragraph (or Scroll) in the Layout Method pop-up menu.

  2. In the ruler above the text entry field in the Canvas, do one of the following:

    • Click to add a left tab.

    • Double-click to add a center tab.

    • Control-click and choose an option from the create tab shortcut menu. The choices are:

      • Create left tab

      • Create center tab

      • Create right tab

      • Create decimal tab

        Figure. Canvas showing tab options.

    Once a tab is added, its white icon appears in the ruler.

    Figure. Canvas showing text object with ruler and different types of tabs.
To change a tab type in the Canvas
  • Double-click a tab icon in the ruler.

    The tabs cycle through the right, center, left, and decimal types.

To change a tab type in the Inspector
  • In the Tabs section of the Layout pane of the text Inspector, choose an option from the Tab type pop-up menu.

    The tabs icon is updated in the ruler in the Canvas.

To move the tabs
  1. Double-click in the text to display the text box, ruler, and scroll control.

    Note: The Text tool must be selected in order for the ruler and tabs to appear in the Canvas.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Canvas, drag a tab (the small white triangle) in the ruler.

    • In the Layout pane of the Text Inspector, use the Tabs controls to adjust the position and layout of the tabs.

      The affected text is repositioned to the tab.

To remove a tab
  1. Double-click in the text to display the text entry field, ruler, and scroll control.

    Note: The Text tool must be selected in order for the ruler and tabs to appear in the Canvas.

  2. Drag the tab (the small white triangle) away from the ruler and release the mouse button.

    The tab is removed from the ruler with a “poof” and removed from the Tabs controls in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector with less fanfare.