When you apply effects to an object, Canvas X Draw defines a rectangular effects area. Usually, the effects area is slightly larger than the bounding box of the object to which the effects are applied. There is one effects area for all effects applied to an object. Canvas X Draw tries to keep the effects area as small as possible, without cropping out any visible objects. You can adjust the effects area using the SpriteEffects palette. The palette lets you set the effects area manually or automatically.
You might need to enlarge the effects area to see effects that extend beyond an object’s edge; e.g., Motion Blur or twirl effects usually need to extend beyond an object’s outline. Also, if text characters extend outside the text object border, an effect applied to the text could be cut off.
If you make the effects area smaller than an object’s bounding box, the object and the effects will be cropped by the effects area border.
Effects area box
Some effects need to extend far outside an object’s bounding box. In these cases, the auto-size option might not extend the effects area far enough. If this happens, you can enlarge the effects area yourself.
In the SpriteEffects palette, click the Crop icon.
A box appears on the selected object. The box indicates the effects area and has hollow handles (the object’s bounding box has solid handles).
You can enter values to precisely size the effects area.