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Igor Harmendani
Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 3:24:36 pm

Hello, guys, I'm having a little issue with AE. Not really a problem, but it's annoying.

Everytime I write with the text toll, the anchor point is displayed right bellow the text, and it's a problem for scalling, rotations and stuff.



Is it a config problem? How can I fix it?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 3:33:23 pm

Change the text layer's paragraph settings to centered. Depending on what you want, you may also need to change the vertical location of the anchor point.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Igor Harmendani
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:49:13 pm

Thanks for the reply.

It worked, the pivot is centered, but I could'n manage to change its vertical position. How can I do that?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 9:08:49 pm

[Igor Harmendani] "I could'n manage to change its vertical position. How can I do that?"

You change the vertical value of the anchor point by scrubbing the value as you eyeball it. After a while, you get pretty good at centering a text layer's anchor point vertically.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter Soyka
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 4:17:52 pm

In addition to Dave's suggestion, I heartily recommend buying the RepositionAnchorPoint script [link]. It's a dockable script that lets you quickly move the anchor point of a layer to its center, corners, or compass points.

Walter Soyka
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Igor Harmendani
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:51:04 pm

Looks like an interesting plugin, but its shareware. Is there anything like this, but freeware?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:59:15 pm

[Igor Harmendani] "Looks like an interesting plugin, but its shareware. Is there anything like this, but freeware?"

The suggested price is only $10. It's well worth it.

Alternately, you can reposition anchor points by hand with the Pan behind tool [link] -- the keyboard shortcut is Y.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Kevin Reiner
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 18, 2011 at 9:50:25 pm

It is a suggested payment of $10. You can download it for nothing. I usually test out a script without paying. Then, if it works well for me, I go back and throw down the suggested price, sometimes more if it saves me hours of time (compsfromspreadsheet was one of those - saved me tons of time for a certain project). I figure if a person saves me time and money by writing a useful script, they deserve it. You want them to continue to make useful scripts, right?

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Igor Harmendani
Re: Auto-center text pivot
on Aug 19, 2011 at 6:35:45 pm

Yeah, it's a good ideia to pay those who help us out. I'll check this plugin out, thanks for the advice!


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