Text Tools

by kmmtinc
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KineMaster has an amazing, feature-packed text tool. Use text layers for fun effects, emojis, to make some memes, or for subtitling! You can do it all in KineMaster.  Text layers in KineMaster have a lot of customization and flexibility built in. 

To access the tools and features available to text layers, tap on a text layer or create one. You can create a text layer by tapping the Layer button on the left side of the Media Wheel, then tap Text. 

Type what you want the text layer to say, then tap OK to create the text layer. Or, tap Cancel to remove the text layer and return to the project screen.

With the text layer selected, the Options Panel on the right side of the screen contains many text layer tools:

• Text Input (the keyboard button at the top of the panel)

This lets you edit the text in the text layer.

• Font Select (the Aa button)

This lets you select a font from those available and already installed on your device. You can download more fonts from the KineMaster Asset Store. All KineMaster’s fonts are available for free and are distributed courtesy of OFL.

• Font Color (the color box to the right of the scissors button)

This allows you to choose the color of the text layer.

• Text Option (the in-line T button)

This lets you change the alignment of your text layer. 

The top left option justifies your text layer left. The top center option center justifies your text layer. The top right option right justifies your text layer. 

The middle left button top justifies your text layer. The center button center justifies your text layer. The center right button bottom justifies your text layer. The bottom left button will underline your text layer.

The Character slider changes the kerning (spacing between letters). Sliding the point to the right increases the kerning value and sliding it to the left decreases it. 

The Line slider changes the leading (spacing between lines of text). Sliding the point to the right increases the leading value. Sliding the point to the left decreases the leading value.

• Text Outline

This creates an outline around each letter in your text layer. Tap Enable to turn on text outlines. Tap the color selector to change the color of the text outline. Adjust the thickness of the text outline using the Weight slider. The outline gets thicker when you move the point to the right and thinner when you move it to the left. 

• Text Shadow

This creates a shadow behind each letter in your text layer. Tap Enable to turn on text shadow. Tap the color selector to change the color of the text shadow (darker grays typically look the best). 

Use the Distance slider to adjust how far away from your letters the shadows appear. Moving the point to the right increases the distance. Moving it to the left decreases the distance. 

Use the Angle slider to adjust the direction the shadow moves away from the letters. Moving the point to the right rotates the angle counter-clockwise. Moving the point to the left rotates the angle clockwise. 

Use the Spread slider to adjust the opacity of the text shadow. Moving the point to the right increases the opacity and moving it to the left decreases the opacity. 

Use the Size slider to adjust the size of the shadow relative to the letters. Moving the point to the right increases the comparative size of the text shadow and moving it to the left decreases it. 0 represents the same size. 

• Text Glow

This creates a glow around each letter in your text layer. Tap Enable to turn on text glow. Tap the color selector to change the color of the text glow (very saturated colors typically look the best). 

Use the Spread slider to adjust the opacity and relative size of the glow around each letter. Moving the point to the right increases the opacity and size of the glow in respect to the font size. Moving it to the left decreases the opacity and relative size of the glow. 

Use the Size slider to adjust the feathering and distance from each letter the glow spreads. Move the pin to the right to increase the feathering and distance and to the left to decrease them.

• Text Background

This creates a semi-transparent rectangle around the text in your layer. Tap Enable to turn on the text background. Tap the color selector to change the color of the text background. If you need the text background to extend all the way across the video, tap Full-width Background to Enable it.

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