Working with Fonts

Endcrawl's typography is style-based. This allows you to set font family, weight, size, and color for each of the following seven elements:

  • Roles
  • Names
  • Headings
  • Subheadings
  • Song Titles
  • Song Details
  • Blurbs (Paragraphs)

Setting consistent typographic styles across the entire end title sequence keeps things clean, beautiful, and typographically excellent.

Expanding a style

Click on the button to expand the font controls for that style. In the preview pane, you'll notice that all of the other text in your credits will be blurred. This lets you focus on just the style that you're currently editing.

Typefaces aka Font Families

A typeface is collection of fonts belonging to the same family, while a font is a specific member of that family. For example, Helvetica is a typeface, and Neue Helvetica® 57 Condensed Oblique is a font.

Click the typeface selector to see a list of font families available to your project. Hover over the font family name to automatically preview it. Click on the font family name to save the selection.

Font Weights

Most font families offer multiple weights. The number of weights differs between typefaces. Our curated font families typically offer at least four useable weights. Some offer fewer, but have other qualities that make them worthwhile.

Because light and hairline weights tend to play very poorly with scrolling on-screen text, we exclude the following weights by default:

  • Thin or Hairline
  • Extra Light or Ultra Light
  • Light

The following weights are exposed whenever available:

  • Normal
  • Medium
  • Semibold
  • Bold
  • Extrabold
  • Black

We typically recommend staying in the sweet spot of Medium, Semibold, and Bold. But this varies between typefaces—so it's always good to experiment.

Color

Not everything is black-and-white: adding color splashes in your end credits can be a great choice. Or, you might just want to dim those white letters to a lighter shade of grey.

Color is expressed as a 6-digit hexadecimal number. If you're working with a designer, you can ask them to provide the relevant color values. If you'd like to dig into it yourself, we recommend the excellent color codes website as a perfect (and fun) starting point.

Uppercasing and McNames

By convention, end credits frequently render names and proper nouns in ALL CAPS. But you don't have to enter them into your project this way. In fact, we recommend using normal capitalization in your master document, and controlling uppercasing using Endcrawl's font control.

Endcrawl's uppercasing also takes special care when handling names with a mix of upper- and lowercase letters. There are different terms for this like camelCase, PascalCase, or InterCaps.

We've settled on the less-formal "McNames" for one simple reason: it's easy to understand. Some examples:

  • Kate McKinnon
  • Kyle MacLaughlan
  • Catherine de Medici

When converting names to UPPERCASE, Endcrawl can preserve McNames by leaving in lowercase letters like this:

  • KATE McKINNON
  • KYLE MacLAUGHLAN
  • CATHERINE de MEDICI

You can even choose whether you want them rendered as normal lowercase letters, or as small caps:

Font Size

Font size is given in pixels (px).

Some designers are used to working in "points" and "dpi". This is a legacy of print design. Traditionally, points traditionally equalled about one inch. But your film might be seen on anything from a mobile phone to an IMAX screen, and there's no way to know how many inches that will be.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your font sizes roughly between 20 and 30px. Depending on the typeface, 30px and larger can start looking a bit chunky, while less than 20px can feel like the bottom of an eye chart. But legibility can vary quite a bit between different fonts.

Italic

Italic fonts slant upward and to the right. Many typefaces have specifically-designed italic variants.

If an explicit italic variant isn't available, the engine will switch over to oblique, which is the regular font slanted 14 degrees.

Help! Eject!

If you've designed yourself into a corner and want to start over—no problem. The "Switch back to Default Template" button helps you do just that.

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