Hey there! This tutorial is on how to convert paragraph text to point text or vice versa in Adobe After Effects. Let me know what you think, if you found this helpful and other tutorials you’d like to see in the future.

Recapping the Tutorial

Understanding Point Text vs. Paragraph Text in After Effects

First, you need to understand the difference between Point Text and Paragraph Text in After Effects. When you have Point Text, when you click on one of the boxes that surrounds the text and pull it the text will be scaled. This can be useful but I often find myself working with Paragraph Text.

With Paragraph Text, when you pull one of the boxes that surrounds the text you expand or shrink the area where the text can go. The scaling of the text is done using the parameters in the Character Panel.

Converting Text in After Effects

To begin you need text. Type some text in After Effects that you will be converting using the Title Tool. Next hit the “V” key to activate the Selection Tool if you want to move it around.

In order to convert the text make sure your Title Tool is active. To activate it use the keyboard shortcut Command+T (Mac) or Control+T (PC). Then right-click on one of the boxes that surrounds the text in the composition monitor. Choose Convert to Paragraph Text or Convert to Point Text.

That is how to convert text in After Effects. Hope you learned something new!


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