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Hilary Tsai
How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 12, 2019 at 6:00:54 am
Last Edited By Hilary Tsai on Jan 12, 2019 at 6:03:20 am

I want to make my text into the shape of a rectangle (just two words--one on top of the other), which fill up a mask but do not spill outside the bounds of that mask. It's hard to describe what I mean; I need the text to look distorted, like it's trying to bulge out of its container but maintains a rounded rectangle shape. Is there a way to achieve something like this in Ae? I've played a bit with spline paths and making text follow the splines; this is sort of a different, but related concept, I just don't know how to do it. All suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 12, 2019 at 7:01:09 am

The Warp effect sounds like a candidate for this.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Hilary Tsai
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:37:17 pm

Thanks Kalleheikki! I tried using the warp tool like you suggested, and it definitely gave me some cool results.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 12, 2019 at 4:59:29 pm

..and who knows? Depending on look you seek, the Bulge effect might be a quick & easy way to do it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Hilary Tsai
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:37:54 pm

Thanks Dave! I think I will try adding some bulge on top of the warp effect.


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Richard Garabedain
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:51:28 pm

Come on. I have seen the tutorial on this page several times...you convert the text to masks and animate that. be sure to set first vertex though...literally right click on a point of the mask and set as your first vertex


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Hilary Tsai
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:36:14 pm

Thanks Richard! I wasn't aware of those tutorials; I think I was not using the proper search terms what I seek. This solution is exactly what I needed.


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