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  • Adam Greenberg

    May 26, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Hi all, I would like to know how to work around the limitation of source text ( which ignores the character palette )

    I have some motion designer projects which have linked text in different comps through source text, so for arguments sake, some characters may be smaller and moved up, some characters may have different tracking, and some may be capital letters. Is there a way to achieve this through parameteres in the text property of the layer so that it will work. please see attached pic

  • Andrei Popa

    May 27, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Depends how far you are wiling to go. You want to make a script to highlight these texts? You want to use only expressions? How does After Effects know which words have different format, and which format?

  • Adam Greenberg

    May 27, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Andrei, I guess I am looking for something that is not possible, basically the user makes the text how he needs to but without using the character palette, ( like the upper line in the pic ) but this exact form would be carried over in other compositions, basically exactly how it would work had you had a precomp of text, and that precomp was used in many comps. So I tried to use 3 parameters in my example that i foresee as very likely. indicidual character size and position like the ”th” – individual character tracking like JULY, and capitals. Can any of these things be accomplished without the character palaette ? I need the text to appear in other comps exactly the same way once a user has edited it in that way rather than it appearing as it does on line 2

  • Andrei Popa

    May 28, 2022 at 4:22 am

    I don’t think it is possible to replicate the text along with all the style things. When I need this kind of things (superscripts, different tracking/color) I use an animator with some expressions. But that requires clear information about which letters to be modified, and in your case that would be very difficult, if not impossible (I don’t know of a way to check if a character is superscript).

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