Basic Formatting Controls

The following parameter controls affect common formatting adjustments for text objects. Of these parameters, the Family, Typeface, Size, and Tracking also appear in the Text HUD.

Basic Formatting
  • Size: Use this slider to set the point size of the text. Drag the Size slider left or right to change the size. The slider is constrained to a maximum of 288 points. To create larger text, click the numerical value and drag to the right or type a new number.
    Figure. Size value field for Text Size parameter.

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

  • Line Spacing: Use this slider to set the distance between each line of text (leading) in point-size increments. Dragging to the right (above 0) increases the line spacing. Dragging to the left (below 0) creates negative line spacing.

    Tip: To modify the spacing for individual lines of text when hard returns are present, select the text with the Text tool, then adjust the Line Spacing slider. Spacing is modified on the line that includes the selected text.

  • Tracking: Use this slider to set the spacing between text characters. Tracking applies a uniform value between each character.
  • Kerning: Use this slider to adjust spacing between text characters.
  • Baseline: Use this slider to adjust the baseline of text characters. The baseline is an invisible horizontal line defining the bottom alignment of characters.
Advanced Formatting

The Advanced Formatting controls are used less often than Basic Formatting controls. They affect additional aspects of selected text.

  • Scale: Use this slider to scale text characters proportionally. To scale in only X or Y space, click the disclosure triangle to set 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: Use this checkbox to set 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; 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: Use these value sliders to offset 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: Use this dial 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.
  • Slant: Use this slider to simulate italics by adding a slant value to text characters.
  • Monospace: Select this checkbox to apply a fixed amount of space between each text character.
  • All Caps: Select this checkbox to make text characters uppercase.
  • All Caps Size: Use this slider, available when the All Caps checkbox is selected, to set the size of uppercase characters based on a percentage of the font point size.
  • Editable in FCP: When using a Motion project as a template in Final Cut Pro X, select this checkbox to allow editing of text parameters in Final Cut Pro. The editable parameters include the following:
    • Text string (text characters can be modified)

    • Text size

    • Text tracking

    For more information on publishing to Final Cut Pro X, see Creating Templates for Final Cut Pro X.