Choosing Point Text vs. Paragraph Text

Choosing Point Text vs. Paragraph Text


To create text for your video projects, use Photoshop or After Effects. With each application, there are two ways you can create a text layer: point or paragraph text. Both offer different benefits, so choose carefully which one you want.

Point text

Click in the Comp window and start typing to create point text. Point text treats each line you type as a separate block of text. New lines will only be created when you press the Return (Mac OS) or Enter (Windows) key. This method is useful if you want to align the text to a specific point onscreen.

Paragraph text

Hold down the left mouse button and drag in the Comp window to create a paragraph text block. The edge—the text’s bounding box— is defined by how far you dragged the mouse when you created the paragraph text layer. This style of text wraps text to the next line when your type reaches the edge of the current line.

You can resize the bounding box by clicking to place the cursor within the text, then dragging on one of the sizing handles around the perimeter of the bounding box. Shift-dragging a sizing handle will constrain the proportions of the bounding box. Make sure you don’t accidentally drag a sizing handle with the Selection tool, or you’ll scale the text, not its bounding box.

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