Text Controls in the Format Pane

This section describes the parameters in the Format pane of the Text Inspector. Of the following Format parameters, Family, Typeface, Size, and Tracking also appear in the Text HUD.

  • Browse: Click the Browse button to display the Mac OS X Font window.
    Figure. Mac OS X Font window.
  • Size: Determines the size of the text. You can enter a value in the value field or use the slider. To change the font size, drag the Size slider left or right. The value of the Size in the HUD and the Inspector is limited to 288 points. To create larger text, type a value in the Size value field.
    Figure. Size value field for Text Size parameter.

    Note: You can also scale the text in the Canvas using the onscreen controls, but doing so scales the text as a layer and is independent of setting type point size via the Format controls.

  • Tracking: Determines the spacing between the text characters. Tracking applies a uniform value between each character.
  • Kerning: Adjusts the spacing between individual characters of text.
  • Baseline: Adjusts the baseline of text characters. The baseline is a horizontal “line” to which the bottom of the characters is aligned.
  • Slant: Simulates italics by adding a slant value to the text characters.
  • Scale: Scales the text characters either proportionately in X space or Y space. To scale in only X or only Y, click the disclosure triangle to enter separate X and Y scale values. In the following image, the text X Scale is set to 50%, and the Y Scale is set to 100%.
    Figure. Expanded Scale parameter in the Inspector.
  • Affects Layout: This checkbox determines how the layout of the text on its path is affected by changes in scale. For example, when Affects Layout is deselected and text is on an open spline path (and Wrap Around is deselected in the Layout pane), increases in scale bunch up the text characters along the length of the path and decreases in scale spread the characters out over the length of the path. When Affects Layout is selected, increases in scale extend the text characters beyond the path; decreases in scale bunch up the characters toward their set alignment (left, right, or center).
    Figure. Canvas showing text with text prior to scaling, then scaled with the Affects Layout checkbox selected, and with it deselected.
  • Offset: Offsets the text from its original position (anchor point). Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text in X space; enter a value in the right value slider to offset the text in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X, Y, and Z position values.
  • Rotation: Drag the dial or enter a value in the value slider to rotate the text characters in Z space. Click the disclosure triangle to access separate X, Y, and Z rotation controls and also the Animate pop-up menu.
  • Monospace: When enabled, this checkbox applies a fixed amount of space between each text character.
  • All Caps: This checkbox sets all text characters to uppercase.
  • All Caps Size: When the All Caps checkbox is selected, this slider sets the size of the uppercase characters based on a percentage of the font point size.
  • Text: Type directly in Text editor (the darker shaded area) to add and edit text in the Inspector. For more information, see Adding Text with the Text Editor.
  • Publish To FCP: When using a Motion project as a template in Final Cut Pro, select this checkbox to allow editing of certain text parameters from within Final Cut Pro. The editable parameters include the following:
    • Text string (text characters can be modified)

    • Text size

    • Text tracking