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Nathan KaramanskiChanging the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 6:32:53 pm

Hello everyone,

Is there an easier way to change the font used in multiple layers of text without going layer by layer? I have about 10 comps, each with animated layers of text that need their font changed. They are all currently set to the same font. Any ideas?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 6:53:07 pm

[Nathan Karamanski] "Any ideas?"

Yes: get busy changing the fonts for each text layer. There isn't any speedy way to do this.

You can save yourself some time by selecting the new font on one layer, highlighting the font name in the Character panel, copying it, then pasting it into a word processor or text editor document for safety. Then go through the project, highlight the text layers, and paste in the new font name.

That's about it for the project as it's currently organized.

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


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Nathan KaramanskiRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 6:56:27 pm

Okay, Thanks Dave.

Is there a way to properly organize the comps/project so that I can avoid this issue in the future?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:02:11 pm

There might be a script that can accomplish this task, but I've never seen one; perhaps someone else has.

If you seek to use it to speed up your work for this particular project, know this: you'll probably spend more time searching for the script & learning to use it -- if it even exists -- than you would if you just used the brute-force method outlined above.

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


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Walter SoykaRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 6:59:11 pm

[Nathan Karamanski] "Is there an easier way to change the font used in multiple layers of text without going layer by layer?"

Scripting to the rescue! Check out Paul Tuersley's pt_TextEdit [link].

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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Dave LaRondeRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:02:57 pm

Actually, your knowledge of scripts to the rescue.

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


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Walter SoykaRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:05:06 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "Actually, your knowledge of scripts to the rescue."

Or maybe my knowledge of Paul Tuersley's (immense) knowledge of scripting?

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
Creative Cow Forum Host: Live & Stage Events


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Nathan KaramanskiRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:07:19 pm

Awesome! Thank you gentlemen. I love how fast responses are on this board! Creative Cow is the best.

Thanks again
-Nate


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Brian KesslerRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Dec 1, 2015 at 4:01:23 pm

Maybe they’ve implemented this feature since this post was created, but in CC 2015 you can change text attributes for multiple layers by selecting all layers with the Selection Tool (v), then switching to the Horizontal Type Tool (cmd-T).


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Peter McCueRe: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by on Feb 11, 2016 at 9:06:26 pm

Thanks for updating this, nice hidden feature

Peter McCue


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