Text Shapes Effect

Text Shapes for After Effects provides a common interface and controls to draw text in multiple 2d geometric shapes. There are also controls for 2d animation transforms. The shapes include line, triangle, rectangle, square, polygon, circle, ellipse, arc, cubic b-spline, quadratic b-spline, squircle, creative, star, skewed star, arrow, cropmarks.

You can download the Win or Mac trial version as well as a sample project to test it out. The watermark will be removed once you enter the activation code. The trial is full-featured except for the watermark.

This effect works with 8-bpc, 16-bpc, and 32-bpc color. The optimal usage will require 32-bpc and full resolution. In 32-bpc color, After Effects does not clip the video and allows the user to view any out-of-range data.

Text on the path of an ellipse

Text Shapes Controls :


Shape – Text Shapes offers different preset shapes. The Line and Curve controls depend on the preset used. Click here to see examples of shapes and settings used.

Font Selection Dialog

Text -> Font -> Select – Opens a window with a list of system fonts. You can select the font and look at a sample of text in that font.

Text Input Dialog

Text -> Input – Opens a window with a text input widget.

Text -> Size – Size of the font. This is provided separately so you can animate the size of the font.

Color Selection

Text -> Outer Color – Color of the outer brush stroke.

Text -> Inner Color – Color of the inner brush stroke.

Text -> Offset Path – Offset from the original path.

Text -> Contrast – None, slight, medium, full. Used only for supported fonts. Contrast for text edges.

Text -> Quantize – If the size of text is animated, use floating point values for smoother gradation. Used only for fonts with floating points size values.

Enable Guide -> Show the text path. TIP:- Turn this off before render.

Click here to read about Transforms controls.


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