Working with Shapes

Shapes can be used to add interest and polish to your titles. Create a background to make your text stand out from the video; put a box around a word to make it more important; or add a bouncing ball for a sing-along. Shapes have numerous uses in title work; you just have to use your imagination.

Add a Shape

 

There are two main ways to add shapes to your project. First, you can use the Add Shape button on the Title Designer screen. There are three types of shapes that you can use in Titler Pro: Ellipses (circles), Rectangles, and Stars.

 

When adding a Shape to your Titler project, it is very important that you pay attention to what is highlighted on your timeline before clicking the Add Shape button. If a paragraph is selected, it will be added to the paragraph at the cursor position. When added to a paragraph, the shape will simply be treated as another letter.
 

If nothing is selected, it will be added as a separate element. Please make sure nothing is selected if you wish the shape to be separate from all other elements of the title.

Using the Shape Library
 

You can also select a Shape preset from the Library and drag it onto your composition. Once again, it can be added either to an existing paragraph or as a separate element.
Double-click the shape preset to add it as a separate element.
Click and drag to a paragraph on the preview screen or a paragraph on the timeline and it will add it to that paragraph at the cursor location.
Once you have your Shape on your timeline, it can be manipulated using the same controls available for your Paragraphs. Please see the section on Using the Title Designer for more information on these controls.

Using Shape Specific Settings

Rectangle

Opacity: This setting will let you change the shape from totally opaque to totally transparent or any setting in-between.
Radius: This setting will adjust the corners of the rectangle. Set to zero, the corners will be totally sharp. As this value is increased, the corners will become more rounded.
Skew: This setting will allow you to skew the rectangle left or right.
 
Circle

Opacity: This setting will let you change the shape from totally opaque to totally transparent or any setting in-between.
Skew: This setting will allow you to skew the elipse left or right.
 
Star


Opacity: This setting will let you change the shape from totally opaque to totally transparent or any setting in-between.
Skew: This setting will allow you to skew the star left or right.
Radius: This setting will adjust the points of the star. Set to zero, the points will be totally sharp. As this value is increased, the corners will become more rounded.
Depth: This setting sets how deep each point will go toward the center. Smaller settings will have wider points while larger settings will have long skinny arms.
Points: This setting will set the number of points on the star. The minimum number of points is two. Three points will create a triangle if the depth is zero, and the maximum number of points is 100.