Hey there! I’m trying to automate 50+ videos and in a single field, we’re required to highlight a single word and apply formatting to that (bold, italic, font size). Is there a way to do this within one field, like a markup? Currently, we need to separate the sentence and allocate two fields, one for the formatted word, the other for the rest of the sentence. This does not work though if the highlighted text is in the middle of the sentence. Halp!
Formatting Tags within Data source
An AE text layer that is manipulated by code does not allow for various parts of that text object to be bold face while other words in the same text layer remain a light face. In short, the only way to do this is through Templater’s notion of Attachment. This will allow you to make sure the text objects maintain their visual properties even when Templater manipulates them. The downside is that it’s not as easy as doing a simple markup.
Have you had an opportunity to check out the video on Attachment here? In the video we see text attached to an image layer. However, in your case, it would be one text layer attaching to another text layer.
Please let us know if this helps!
Apologies for the delay in responding. To answer your question about text formatting, doing that isn’t really possible. Not even expressions have access to formatting information. Your best bet is to use the attachment properties to string together your text, but it’s not exactly an elegant solution. Your only other option, and it’s not a great one, is to hack text animators and use the range selector options to target different ranges of your text with expressions that are driven by your data. That still doesn’t give you access to font face or font style.
There are Plugins like Text Anarchy that let you animate Font Styles… and i’ve read that in the upcoming templater version you might be able to hook into extended script…
Still baffles me that there is no way to animate font properties in AE … in 2018