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  • chris taylor

    October 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Hi all,

    I am trying to combine several text-specific expressions, but I can only get 1 to work.

    Depending on the layout, the 2nd one will always override the first.

    I have tried the if/else expression and the substring, but none seem to work together.

    The first expression is a character limit.

    The second is a “source text style”, driven by sliders and checkboxes.

    I don’t know if I am missing something or if there is an issue with them working together.

    Any guidance on this would be very helpful.

    l = text.sourceText.length;

    if (l>25) {


    } else {



    var array=[




    .setFontSize(thisComp.layer(“CTRL”).effect(“Font Size”)(“Slider”))

    .setFont(array[thisComp.layer(“CTRL”).effect(“Font Select”)(“Slider”)])

  • Dan Ebberts

    October 12, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I haven’t tested this, but I think you just need to save your text in a variable and then use .setText() at the end of your expression, like this:

    l = text.sourceText.length;

    if (l>25) {


    } else {

    txt = text.sourceText;


    var array=[




    .setFontSize(thisComp.layer("CTRL").effect("Font Size")("Slider"))

    .setFont(array[thisComp.layer("CTRL").effect("Font Select")("Slider")])


  • chris taylor

    October 13, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Yep that worked perfectly

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