TextBox creates a perfectly sized, customisable shape behind your text that updates automatically.

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 & 32bpc compatible

  • Better rotation mechanics (compatible with parented transforms)

Core Features:

  • Shape options (auto, square, circle)

  • 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

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.

Useful applications:

  • Animating text in and out

  • Adding stylish backgrounds to text

  • Creating lower thirds

  • Creating subtitles or closed captions

Additional features:

  • Trim Paths (below left)

  • Advanced transform controls to enable isometric/angled designs (below mid)

  • Lock ascenders / descenders so your textbox is consistent when animated (below right)

  • Individual round corners %

  • Better multi-threading performance

Compact UI

Compact UI


  • TextBox is compatible with 3D text but won't take into account Z position. It does take into account X&Y position.

  • TextBox 2 is not backwards compatible with TextBox v1 projects.

  • Parented rotations not compatible if using CS6 - CC2017. This issue is resolved on CC2018 and up.

Compatible with CS6 and up, Windows & Mac.