Text, emojis, and captions

Text layers allow you to add visual text elements to your projects in Descript. You can use them to add titles, captions of your transcript, timers, or even display speaker labels, markers, and the composition name. Once you have created a text clip that fits your needs, you can customize the text to fit the overall aesthetic of your content.

Creating text

To add text, click T Text at the top of the editor and choose one of the options from the list. Or, highlight a section of your script and add a text layer using selection toolbar

Screenshot: top of main editor with red arrow pointing to add text icon and red rectangle surronding text layer options

These four choice are presets. They're all text layers that you can adjust later from the Properties Panel.

By default, text added will be applied within a scene. If you want to play the clip over a section or your entire video, you can highlight a section or the whole script, and then add the text.

Adding emojis

There are a couple of ways you can add emojis to your content in Descript:

  • Start by creating a text layer. Then copy and paste your desired emoji it into the newly created text layer from the Canvas.
  • If you'd like an emoji to appear in your captions, you'll have to add it to your transcript:
    1. Highlight the specific area of your transcript where you want to place an emoji.
    2. Press the C key.
    3. Copy and paste emoji you want to add in the correction box.
    4. Select Correct or press Enter. The words in your script will be underlined briefly while the audio realigns with the new text.
    5. When you proceed to add captions to your content, the emoji will now be visible within them.

Text properties

Select a text layer from the Canvas or Timeline to view its properties. You can adjust the font, position, duration, and function of your text clip from the Properties Panel.

Screenshot: Canvas with text layer select and text properties surronded by red rectangle in properties panel

Set text layer content

Text layers allow you to display a variety of information in your video content. Text layers can be set to display:

You can choose the content type from the dropdown menu at the top of the Properties Panel.

Screenshot: Properties Panel with red arrow pointing to set text layer content menu


Text layers set to captions will display your composition's script during playback. To add captions select Captions from T Text menu. If a text layer already exists and you want it to show captions, adjust its content to Captions in the Properties Panel.

Screenshot: Descript editor with red arrows pointing to add captions button and text layer setting


The Style section allows you to customize the properties for past, active, and future caption text. This allows you to create more dynamic captions during playback. The GIF below shows an example of two preset style. Keep in mind that you can customize the color, background, border, and color fill for captions.

GIF showing different caption style settings



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