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Andy Bryce
Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 2, 2018 at 1:19:29 pm

Hi all,

I am looking for a way to start text from the bottom base line instead of naturally at the top.

I would still like the text to read from left to right but to grow up into the text box.

Hope you can help.

Thanks,
Andy


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 2, 2018 at 4:55:32 pm

How would you like to animate it? Please describe in detail. I can think of a dead-simple way, but you may have more elaborate notions in mind.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Andy Bryce
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 2, 2018 at 5:03:26 pm

Hi Dave,

The animation is just a movement of position of the text layer under a matte.

The reason I need the text to be inserted for the bottom is so the content can be pulled in dynamically and the text fills the section from bottom up to start close to the green line at the bottom of the text frame.



Thanks,


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 2, 2018 at 5:51:22 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jan 2, 2018 at 5:56:30 pm

Okay, here's the dead-simple way to do it:
  • Compose all the text in a single layer. Move it vertically until the first line of text is where you want it.
  • Create a comp-sized solid. Move it vertically until the first line of text is visible.
  • Turn the solid into a track matte for the text layer.
  • Animate the text layer's vertical position to reveal more tex
As the text layer moves up, the next line of text is revealed.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Andy Bryce
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 2, 2018 at 7:07:21 pm

Thanks for the suggestion but Iv got the animation sorted i am then using this as a template for adverts where the content will be added dynamically from a web form.

I would like to design this so that if there is more text / more lines this will be a good distance away from the bottom line and consitant.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 3, 2018 at 12:09:42 am

Hmmm, let's see. You wonder if AE can:
  • Animate text on one line at a time PLUS
  • Animate said lines of text upward when the next line is about to animate on PLUS
  • Do so for a non-specific number of lines of text PLUS
  • Do it all AUTOMATICALLY, with no user intervention

I love the dream worlds some people occupy. They must be very fun places!

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Andy Bryce
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 3, 2018 at 8:11:07 am

It’s not about the animation at all

It’s just how the text formats in the text window. You have left aligned / center / right align.

All I am wondering is if there is a way to align the text to the bottom of the frame instead of the top so as more text is added in the frame it is on the bottom of the text frame and not at the top.

I can’t find a way to do this hoping you can help


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 3, 2018 at 3:45:15 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jan 3, 2018 at 3:47:17 pm

AE text layers can be left, right or center justified. They can not be top, middle or bottom justified. It can be faked by moving the text layer's anchor point vertically, but it doesn't happen automatically.

You might be able to do that in other applications, but AE is not capable of it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 3, 2018 at 3:53:28 pm
Last Edited By Kalleheikki Kannisto on Jan 3, 2018 at 3:57:14 pm

Yeah, it's annoying AE doesn't have this option in the paragraph palette.

A simple position expression on the text layer can fix the issue:

transform.position - [0, thisLayer.sourceRectAtTime().height-offset]

wherein "offset" is replaced by a number that keeps the textbox in its original place when the maximum number of text lines is filled with text, i.e. type the textbox full of text before figuring out what the offset amount is.

(Works from After Effects 13.2 forward.)

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Andy Bryce
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jan 4, 2018 at 10:10:00 am

This worked perfectly!

thanks you so much


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Tamara Heath
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jul 13, 2018 at 6:43:49 am

Thanks so much Kalleheikki, that's great! Is there an easy way to adjust this expression to vertically centre the text box?


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jul 13, 2018 at 4:46:22 pm

Add "/2" after height.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Tamara Heath
Re: Starting text from the bottom baseline
on Jul 17, 2018 at 11:36:11 pm

Kalleheikki you are a good man, thank you.


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