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Plugin Everything TextBox v2

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Create a perfectly sized, customizable shape behind your text

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.


Highlights

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 & 32 bpc compatible
  • Better rotation mechanics (compatible with parented transforms)

Useful applications:

  • Transitioning text
  • Adding stylish backgrounds to text
  • Creating lower thirds
  • Creating subtitles or closed captions

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 to mat as well. TextBox does all this and more in one convenient layer.

Animated border example:

Border

Using matting to transition text:

Using Matting to Transition Text

After Effects CC 2019, CC 2018

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!

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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 & 32 bpc compatible
  • Better rotation mechanics (compatible with parented transforms)

Plugin Everything Textbox Quick Start Guide

Learn how to use Textbox to create a perfectly sized, customizable shape behind your text quickly in After Effects.

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