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Highlight Text Pro V4.0

Highlight text in millions of different ways

General Info

With Highlight Text Pro V4.0 you can create a great variety of animations where precisely defineable parts of the given text will be highlighted. The highlighted part can change its shape, color and even it's opacity. The text itself of course runs along a bezier line, which makes this plugin even more versatile.

Highlight Text Pro V4.0 is also equipped with the highly sophisticated outline feature of CHV.


Highlighted Settings

The highlighting effect will be set in motion with a simple animation of the Progress slider. Keyframe this slider to see an effect like the one seen in the above image sequence.

This slider defines the width of the area where the highlighting effect takes place.

The following controls of this section define how the highlighted text looks in it's highlighted state. The settings of the controls from the further below described section [ Text ] will either be overwritten or modify settings of the [ Highlighted Settings ] section. This behavior will be described with each effect within this section.

Soft Animation
This control overrides the Size setting of the section [ Text ] and defines the size of the font in it's highlighted state. If wanted, the size of the highlighted text can also be smaller than the normal text size. The additional Soft Animation checkbox lets the font animate softly.

Rotate - back & forth
Soft Animation

This control makes the letters rotate to the defined Angle in the highlighted state. It will be added to the setting of the Char Rotation control of the [ Text ] section. The additional Soft Animation checkbox makes the animation of the rotation softly.

Rotate - full circles
Soft Animation
Alternate direction

With this popup you can add multiple full 360 degree rotations to the highlighting animation. A rotation can go forward and backward. This setting will be added to the Char Rotation setting of the [ Text ] section. You can make the animation of the additional rotation ease in and out with the Soft Animation checkbox. The Alternate direction checkbox defines if the direction of the rotation of every second letter will be turned around or not.


Soft Animation
Here you can move the highlighted letters to any direction. The offset will always be added to the real angle of the single letters. If a letter is rotated by 90 degrees clockwise, an X-Offset will move the letter down. Of course there is an additional Soft Animation checkbox to make the animation ease in and out.


Soft Animation

These three controls are working all in the same manner. The values of these controls will be added to the same controls in the [ Text ] section for the highlighted area. The Soft Animation checkbox makes the animation of these three effects ease in and out.

Soft Animation

This control define the highlighted color. The usually used color defined in the [ Text ] section will be replaced by the highlight color within the highlighted area. The Soft Animation checkbox makes the animation of the color fade in and out softly.


Even the opacity can be changed for the highlighting effect. This control overrides the opacity slider of the [ Text ] section while the effect is running.

Bezier Spline

Within this section the actual bezier spline where the text is running on is defined. A bezier spline is defined by 4 points: One start point, one end point and two bezier handles. The bezier spline runs between the start and the end point and this is what the text also does. A great variety of different looking curves can be created this way.

Most important: The bezier spline can be animated in any way using keyframes.

Use the 4 points of this section to adjust the bezier spline. The created bezier spline will be shown in the canvas if the "Show Spline" checkbox is activated.


Enter the text into this text-field.

Select the desired font with this popup menu.

Proportional Font
Check this checkbox if the font should be handled as a proportional font.

Size (points)
This selects the size of the font.

Choose the style of the text with this popup menu.


With the X- and Y-Offset each letter will be moved in the X- and Y-direction. Each letter will be handled individually and will follow it's own path.

Follow Bezier
Check this checkbox to make the single letters of the text follow the bezier spline.

Follow Bezier Don't follow Bezier

Char Rotation
Additionally the letters can be rotated. Each letter will be handled individually.

Follow Bezier Additional rotation

This function adds a twist effect to each letter.

This bends the letters to the left or right. Each letter will be handled individually.

This feature turns the letters around their vertical axis and creates additionally a 3-dimensional effect. If "Turn" is set to 180, all letters will appear backwards.

This control defines the normal color of the text. This setting will be overwritten by the above defined color used for the highlighting effect.

Sometimes it might be useful to move the letters along the bezier spline to adjust the linearity of the spline.



Dynamic Size
This feature controls the size of the text dynamically.

This slider controls the "Dynamic Size" effect. Settings below 0 make the letters at the ends smaller. Settings above 0 make the letters in the center smaller.

The center of the "Dynamic Size" effect will be moved to the left and the right with this slider.

Area Width

The strength of the explode effect. Higher settings will move the letters further off the screen. Keyframe this setting to create an animation.

"Direction" defines the main direction where the letters are heading.

"Spread" spreads out the letters. A setting of 100 will make the letters head on every direction.

This adds a rotation to the animation. Higher settings will make the letters rotate more.

Fade-Out Chars
Check this checkbox to make the letters fade out at the end of the animation (when Amount is at "100").

Single Char Opacity
This controls the opacity of each letter. This makes it possible to create superimposed letters.

Global Char Opacity
Here you can control the global opacity of the text. No additional superimpose effect will be created.

Outline - Upper Layer
Outline - Lower Layer

With this section a highly adjustable border can be generated around the text. This section is divided in an upper layer and a lower layer. The behavior of both layers are absolutely identical. The only difference is that the upper layer is overlaid onto the lower layer. If the upper layer completely overlaps the lower layer you wont see the lower layer anymore.

A common use of this feature is, when you create a dark border around the text with the upper layer and a colorful shining glowing area with the lower layer.

Enable Outline
With this checkbox you can activate or deactivate the selected layer.

This slider controls the with of the border. A setting of "1" will create a very small border. Higher settings expand the border.

Small border Wide border

Dark area
Here you can control the behavior of the border of the outline. Higher settings will darken the outline more. This feature only affects the border of the outline.

Low setting High setting

This slider softens the outline. This feature is different from the Dark area feature. Softness blurs the whole outline. Dark area only affects the border of the outline.

Low setting High setting

Here you can control the opacity of the outline. Use this slider to create transparent outlines. This feature only affects the outline itself. The text will not be affected.

Opacity set to 0 Opacity set to 50


If you want to create a 3-dimensional looking outline, you can move the outline by an offset into a specific direction. Use Offset to move the outline. Use Angle to define the direction where the outline should be moved.

Stretch & Rotate
With this section you can stretch and rotate the outline. This is very usefull if you want to create a 3-dimensional look.


Use these two sliders to stretch an outline.


Here you can rotate the outline around a center-point.

In addition you can distort the generated outline. Therefore you can define waves that will be used to do the job.

This controls the strength of the distortion. A setting of 0 will disable the distortion.

The wavelength of the distortion.

With this option you can animate the distortion. A setting of 0 will create a static distortion. Higher settings will increase the speed of the waves.


This is the direction where the distortion waves are heading to.

Color 1
Color 2

With these two colors you can create a gradient from color 1 to color 2. If you only need an even color for the text, simply use the same color for color 1 and 2.

The gradient has a center point which can be defined by this control.

The gradient is running along a straight line. The angel of the straight line can be defined with this control.

Here you can define the width of the gradient.

If you want to use a texture you can apply a image or a video clip here. If you don't apply anything here, the above defined color will be used.

Offset Clip
This defines the offset (frames) that will be added to the movie. This setting has no effect if you use an image.


Show Gradients
Enable this checkbox to see a representation of the two outline gradients in the canvas.

Highlight Text Pro V4.0 carries two gradients used for the two outline layers. The colored lines show the center of the gradients and in which direction the colors go. The circles carry the name to show where they belong to. The size of the circles show the width of each gradient. Bigger circles represent softer gradients.


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