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TextBox 2

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Quick Overview

TextBox is a native plugin that creates a perfectly sized, customisable shape behind your text that updates automatically and is applied directly to the text layer so no need for parenting, mattes or expressions.

 

TextBox is perfect for saving time when working with text & shapes. Layer parenting is helpful but doesn't take into account things such as animated tracking. Parenting is even more cumbersome if you want matting as well. TextBox does all this and more in one convenient layer.

Core Features: 

  • Automatically updates with your text
  • Shape options (auto, square, circle, polygon)
  • Expansion
  • Round corners
  • Full transform controls to animate the box independently from text
  • Matting options
  • Border options
  • Works with vertical, horizontal & paragraph text
  • Compatible with motion blur

v2 New Features: 

  • Polygon mode
  • Customisable expansion (width, height, left, right, top, bottom)
  • Negative expansion
  • Individual edge rounding
  • Gradient options (linear, radial, individual gradient opacity)
  • New matting options
  • Border dashes & line cap options (butt & rounded)
  • 8, 16 & 32bpc compatible
  • Better rotation mechanics (compatible with parented transforms)


Useful Applications: 

  • Animating text in and out
  • Adding stylish backgrounds to text
  • Creating lower thirds
  • Creating subtitles or closed captions

v1.1 Update Includes: 

  • Trim Paths
  • Lock ascenders / descenders so your text box is consistent whilst animating
  • Individual round corners %
  • Better multi-threading performance

Additional Videos

 

Limitations and Upgrade Notice

Limitations:
TextBox is compatible with 3D text but won't take into account Z position. Rest assured it does take into account X&Y position! Parented rotations not compatible if using CS6 - CC2017. This issue is resolved on CC2018 and up.

Upgrade Notice:
If you purchased TextBox v1 after August 21, 2018, you can upgrade for free, otherwise the upgrade is $15. Simply login to the same account and the discounted price will be automatically shown. If you need any assistance please open a support request.

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