Callout formatting question

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I've been using callouts (the white box with black text) to mask and replace text containing personal information. However, I'm running into a problem when doing this with closely-spaced, small text. The callout box has a large amount of padding around the text that doesn't seem to scale with the size of the font used. I reduce the size of the callout box as much as possible without affecting the text size, set the border to zero and I still have issues with the edges of the callout box covering adjacent text, such as in the adjacent lines of an address. 

So far, the only workaround I've found for this is to create the callout text at double the size I need, then scale the callout at 50%. This effectively cuts the amount of padding in half. While this works reasonably well in most cases, it just adds complication.

Is there a better way of doing this? Do any of the callouts - legacy callouts perhaps - have less padding built in?


Thanks

Brian
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Joe Morgan

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I'm not entirely sure what look your hoping for here?
Have you thought about applying cropping to the callout to trim the edges?
I tinted the un-cropped callout gray so you can see the outline.
Regards,Joe

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I was going to suggest grouping a text-only callout with a shape but cropping seems like an easier way.
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I've been cropping the callouts as closely as possible using the handles. I pull them in until the text starts to change size, then back off just enough to get the full-size text. Are you applying cropping as a separate step?

I think Kevin's suggestion is the same thing that Jenm suggested above, which is something I've done in the past. I'm just looking for the simplest solution, since this is something I have to do in most of my videos (the fewer pieces, the better). Some of these items can be saved as library assets, but they vary in size and content too much to make it possible to save everything and still be able to figure out what will work for any given situation. 

I'm beginning to think that perhaps the best thing to do is to create callouts for items I use repeatedly that are much larger than I would ever need - say 64pt text - then scale them to fit. That way, any padding around the text would be minimal in relation to the text size and would scale with it. I'll have to try it to see what it looks like. 
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Yes, cropping is applied after the callout has been created.

You could temporarily turn down the opacity of a callout in Properties. Position and scale it to taste.

Then Crop it. Turn the opacity back up.


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OK, I'll check out cropping as an option.

I actually need the opacity to be at 100%, since I'm typically using the white background to cover existing text that's on a white background.
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The opacity was a technique to allow you to size the textbox with precision before applying cropping. I wasn't suggesting you leave it see through. You would turn the opacity back up.  It just seemed like an easier way to make the text cover an area with precision.