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Ben FallinText linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:09:39 pm

Quick question here, I have multiple text layers to fake a 3d look (m copy of C4D doesn't come in til next week so this is the quickest way) there's a way to link the text files together so when I change one of them, they all change too...Anyone recall how to do this? Thanks.


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Kevin CampRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:20:44 pm

you should be able to parent them... either all of them to one, or all to a 3d null layer then manipulate the null.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
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Ben FallinRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:22:29 pm

Sorry I didn't word that properly. I know of parenting them so they move together. I meant like when I actually change the text from say "after effects" to "adobe" as an example, I would only have to change one of the files not all of them.


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Kevin CampRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:27:45 pm

sorry... thought you were having a brain-fart.

you can enable expressions for a text layer's source text property, then drag the expression pickwhip to the source text property of another text layer to link them together. then when you update the non-expressioned layer the other will update to the same.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Ben FallinRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:37:47 pm

Got it worked perfectly. And I was still having a brain fart...just not quite as explosive of one!


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Walter SoykaRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:33:06 pm

Twirl down the Text properties in the timeline. Alt-click the stopwatch on the Source Text property for the second layer, and then pickwhip it to the Source Text property of the first layer. Now updating the first layer will also update the second.

Walter Soyka
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Walter SoykaRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:28:38 pm

What Kevin said.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Text linked together?
by on Jun 1, 2011 at 4:50:39 pm

You can also just precomp the text layer and use the precomp to layer the text in 3d space. This way you change the text in that precomp and it obviously updates in the main comp.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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