Adobe Point Text vs. Paragraph Text


When you need to create text for your projects, you can turn to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or After Effects. With each application, there are two ways you can create a text layer. You can use either Point or Paragraph text in each application, both offer benefits and you should carefully choose which you want.

Point Text

Click in the Comp window and start typing to create Point text. Point Text treats each line you type as a separate block of text. New lines will only be created when your press the Return (Enter) key. This method is useful if you want to align the text to a specific point on-screen.

Paragraph Text

Click the left mouse button down and drag in the Comp window to create a Paragraph text block. The edge—the text’s bounding box— is defined by how far you dragged the mouse when you created the paragraph text layer. This style of text wraps text around to the next line when your type reaches the edge of the current line.

You can resize the bounding box by clicking to place the cursor within the text, then dragging on one of the sizing handles around the perimeter of the bounding box. Shift-dragging a sizing handle will constrain the proportions of the bounding box. Make sure you don’t accidentally drag a sizing handle with the Selection tool, or you’ll scale the text, not it's bounding box.

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