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David Honan
Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:59:07 am

Morning from 18 degrees C sunny York UK but windy as usual...

In After effects CC 2015 a have three text colours I need to use but right now because I cant work out how to save custom presets I am manually entering 3 different hrefs into the colour palette.

I know this is a dumb, slow way to do this and i know there are other methods to re use font styles you like but i want to have a go again ( I have posted previously on this) on learning how to save a font style as a preset for easy re use.

Below illustrates my pain again:
9253_aeremembercolurs.jpg.zip

Thanks in advance,
David


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Walter Soyka
Re: Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 10, 2015 at 12:05:12 pm

Ae is not awesome at this -- it would really benefit from Illustrator-style swatches. See this thread for a couple ideas:

https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/1048374

With regards to my homebrewed palette system, I put a Fill effect on text and color it with that.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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David Honan
Re: Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:33:54 am

Thanks Walt for taking time out to offer a better approach :-)


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 10, 2015 at 4:14:09 pm

If you need three precise text colors more than anything else in a single comp -- all considerations of typeface, kerning, nested comps, etc. aside -- just make three text layers in a big, fat, wide typeface in that color.

Turn off the eyeball icons to make them invisible, and rename the layers to make the colors meaningful to you: "Dull Red", "Shocking Pink", "Baby Poop Brown".... you get the idea. Move them to the bottom of the comp's timeline so they're out of the way.

When you need a color, pull the layer to the top, make it visisble and use the eyedropper to retrieve the color.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter Soyka
Re: Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 10, 2015 at 4:32:21 pm

Good point, Dave. I often do a variation of this -- I'll build a "Palette" comp with big solids of each color, then pop it on top of my comp, make it a guide layer so it doesn't render, scale it down into the corner of my working comp, and sample it with the eyedropper whenever I need.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 10, 2015 at 6:14:54 pm

Well, that's a lot more efficient than my idea. Thanks.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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David Honan
Re: Saving a font style via the preset method is really baking my noodle :-(
on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:33:24 am

Thanks Dave :-)


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