Apply color to title objects

Using the Color Properties dialog box, you can specify the color of each object or group of objects you create in the Monitor panel. The Color Properties dialog box includes controls for setting the color and type of an object’s stroke, fill, and shadow. The Gradient menu includes options for how a fill or stroke color is applied. Depending on the gradient type you select, additional color stops may appear so that you can pick different colors for the different parts of the gradient.

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The Color Properties dialog box

A. Color picker B. Color spectrum C. Gradient stop controls 

You can save a combination of color properties as a style. Styles appear as thumbnails in the Style tab of the Adjust panel. You can easily click them to apply them to objects. Using styles helps you maintain consistency across multiple titles in a project.

Set the fill

You can use the Color Properties dialog box to set an object’s fill. An object’s fill property defines the area within the contours of the object. The property defines the space inside a graphic object or within the outline of each character of a text object.

Note:

The Fill box in the Color Properties dialog box is enabled only if you‘ve applied a preset style from the Style tab in the Adjust panel to the object. These styles contain fills and strokes, which you can edit.

  1. If necessary, double-click the title in the Expert view timeline to open it in the Monitor panel.
  2. Select an object that contains a fill. (If necessary, click a style in the Style tab of the Adjust panel to apply it to the object.)

    Note:

    All preset styles in Title Styles contain a fill except the one in the upper-left corner of the panel.

  3. In the Text tab of the Adjust panel, click the Color Properties button.
  4. In the Color Properties dialog box, select the Fill box.
  5. From the Gradient menu, select a gradient type for your fill.

    Note:

    If you select Linear Gradient, Radial Gradient, or 4‑Color Gradient, color stop controls appear. You can click each stop and select a separate color for each.

  6. Do any of the following to set the color:
    • To make the fill transparent, click the No Color box.

    • To set the color to 100% white, click the white box.

    • To set the color to 100% black, click the black box.

    • To set the hue, click the color you want in the rectangular color spectrum, and then specify the exact color by clicking in the color picker above the spectrum.

    • To set the color numerically, set the R, G, and B values by dragging the value or clicking and entering a number.

Set the stroke

You use the Color Properties dialog box to set an object’s stroke, or outline if you’ve applied a style containing a stroke.

Note:

The Stroke box in the Color Properties dialog box is enabled only if you‘ve applied a preset style from the Style tab in the Adjust panel to the object.

  1. If necessary, double-click the title in the Expert view timeline to open it in the Monitor panel.
  2. Select an object that contains a stroke. (If necessary, click a style in the Adjust panel.)

    Note:

    All preset styles in Styles contain a stroke except the one in the upper-left corner of the panel.

  3. In the Adjust panel, click the Color Properties button or right-click/ctrl-click the object and choose Color Properties.
  4. Select the Stroke box.
  5. From the Stroke menu, select the stroke you want to use. (Not all strokes have multiple Stroke options.)
  6. For Stroke Weight, specify the stroke’s thickness, in pixels.
  7. From the Gradient menu, select a gradient type for your fill.

    Note:

    If you select Linear Gradient, Radial Gradient, or 4‑Color Gradient, color stop controls appear. You can click each stop and select a separate color for each.

  8. Do any of the following to set the color:
    • To make the stroke transparent, click the No Color box.

    • To set the color to 100% white, click the white box.

    • To set the color to 100% black, click the black box.

    • To set the hue, click the color you want in the rectangular color spectrum, and then specify the exact color by clicking in the color picker box above the spectrum.

    • To set the color numerically, set the R, G, and B values by dragging the value or clicking and entering a number.

Gradient types

To access gradient types, select a title object in the Monitor window, and then click the Color Properties button in the Adjust panel.

Solid

Creates a fill of uniform color.

Linear Gradient, Radial Gradient

Linear Gradient creates a linear, two‑color gradient fill. Radial Gradient creates a circular, two‑color gradient fill.

The beginning and ending gradient colors are displayed, respectively, in the left and right boxes, or color stops. Select a color stop prior to choosing its color. Drag the color stops to adjust the transition smoothness between the colors.

The Angle option (available for Linear Gradient only) specifies the angle of the gradient. The Reverse option reverses the color spots. The Repeat option (available for Radical Gradient only), specifies the number of times to repeat the gradient pattern.

4-Color Gradient

Creates a gradient fill composed of four colors, with a color emanating from each of the object’s corners.

Four color stops specify the color that emanates from each corner of the object. Select a color stop prior to choosing its color.

Bevel

Adds a beveled edge to the background. The object and bevel colors are displayed, respectively, in left and right color boxes. Select the box you want to adjust prior to setting its color. The Balance option specifies the percentage of the bevel that the shadow color occupies.

Eliminate

Creates a transparent fill that casts no shadow. If the object has a stroke, the stroke may be visible.

Ghost

Creates a transparent fill that casts a shadow. Specify shadow options in the Color Properties dialog box.

Tip: Eliminate and Ghost work best with objects that have shadows and strokes.

Create drop shadows

You can add a drop shadow to any object you create in the Monitor panel. A drop shadow can make an object appear three‑dimensional and help make it stand out from the background image. For example, adding a drop shadow to text can make it more legible when superimposed on a complex background image.

  1. If necessary, double-click the title in the Expert view timeline to open it in the Monitor panel.
  2. Select an object, and then click the Color Properties button in the Adjust panel.
  3. In the Color Properties dialog box, select Drop Shadow.
  4. Set any of the following:

    Angle

    Specifies the angle of the shadow in relation to the object.

    Distance

    Specifies the number of pixels that the shadow is offset from the object.

    Softness

    Specifies how blurry or sharp the shadow appears.

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