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Noelia Sanchez
How to explode text into characters, then convert each generated layer to shape using script
on May 29, 2019 at 1:00:40 pm

Hello,
I am not very good when it comes to scripting, so I came here to ask for help.
What I try to achieve is exactly what the title says: to explode text into characters (on separate layers), then create a shape from each generated text layer using a script - basically, select the text layer and run a script that does this.

I know that this command creates shapes from a text layer: app.executeCommand(app.findMenuCommandId("Create Shapes from Text"));
but I can't make it work with multiple selected layers... it only works if I select each layer separately.

Also, I don't know how to explode the text into characters.

Maybe someone could help me.

Thank you in advance!


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Oleg Pirogov
Re: How to explode text into characters, then convert each generated layer to shape using script
on May 29, 2019 at 2:40:18 pm

Quick question: why not the other way around? Converting single text layer to shapes will get you a shape layer with neat sub-layers for each character which you can transfer to separate layers, if you wish.


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Noelia Sanchez
Re: How to explode text into characters, then convert each generated layer to shape using script
on May 29, 2019 at 6:37:10 pm

Because I need each letter of the text on a separate layer in order to animate it... and it will be a lot of text


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Noelia Sanchez
Re: How to explode text into characters, then convert each generated layer to shape using script
on May 29, 2019 at 6:38:51 pm

And I also don't know an automated way to separate the shape sublayers from the single shape layer that will be generated


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Mark Whitney
Re: How to explode text into characters, then convert each generated layer to shape using script
on May 31, 2019 at 3:33:54 pm

Perhaps your wishing to script your own, but have you check out this from Mamoworld?

https://aescripts.com/textexploder/


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