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.
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.
Automatically updates with your text
Shape options (auto, square, circle, polygon)
Full transform controls to animate the box independently from text
Better rotation mechanics (compatible with parented transforms)
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:
Using matting to transition text:
After Effects 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6
TextBox is compatible with 3D text but won’t take into account Z position. Rest assured it does take into account X&Y position!
1.2.3 (Current version) – Nov 5, 2021
– Updated to support MFR (Multi-Frame Rendering) in AE 2022
1.2.2 – Mar 17, 2021
– Updated to support MFR (Multi-Frame Rendering) in AE 18.1
– Fixed UI bug when changing box modes
1.2 – Sep 20, 2019
Updated skew and added position offsets relative to skew
Textbox 2, v1.1 – Jun 10, 2019
Better multi-threading utilization
Round each corner based on a unique percentage
Ascender/Descender option that locks the height so animating text won’t change the height abruptly
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