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Johnson Zhang
Change Text Layer's Content Without Changing Layer Name
on May 17, 2012 at 9:59:25 am

Hi all,

I am creating a graph template. I have the positions of my text labels for my y-axis on the graph automated, so I have my expressions linked to my text labels' position using the layer's name.

However, since this is a template, I want to be able to change the text label's content easily (ie just double clicking the text in the composition window and changing it there) whenever I need to without affecting the expressions.

I have managed to make the text label and the layer name different, but somehow, sometimes when I need to change the content, it still gives me the expression error and thereafter disables the expression affected.

I do know I can pre-comp each text layer, but I find it quite a hassle to need to go into each pre-comp to change the label.

Is there a way of changing the text layer's source text without changing the layer name?

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John Cuevas
Re: Change Text Layer's Content Without Changing Layer Name
on May 17, 2012 at 2:36:40 pm

If I understand correctly, you could set up each label in a precomp and for the Source Text apply an expression to return the comps name:

Then you wouldn't have to open any precomps, you could just rename each precomp in your project window and it would update your labels.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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