Add support for different fonts and small caps within text in MOGRTs
We need a more complete set of styling options for Motion Graphics Templates. Most importantly, we need to be able to change fonts and add small caps within text, so that words can be emphasized with font weight and italics. These are often necessary for quotation templates because there may be things that require italicization, such as book titles. Also there can be a need to small caps some words, like the Hebrew tetragrammaton "LORD" in religious programming. These should load true small caps if the font includes them.
Those are the things we really need. Being able to change color, kerning, pt size and baseline shift within text would be very helpful as well.
Peter Lundgren commented
Would be really nice to have the option to change the weight and color on selected words within a block of text.
Thanks for the feature request and also for clarifying what Clint was likely asking for...now that I've re-read the original post, it makes more sense.
Substring editing is definitely something we continue to explore given some of the existing limitations of our text controls.
I will update this channel when I have more news to share.
Thanks so much,
Chris Downs commented
I'm not sure if this is what Clint and Dacia are getting at, but what I need is a way to have a *mix* of text formatting within one line (layer) of text in a MOGRT. So for example, in the sentence "Select the Filter Email dropdown" I might want to have the words "Filter Email" be SemiBold and blue text, but want all the other words be regular weight and black text. So far as I've seen I can only select one style per text layer, so all the words have to have the same style. In effect there'd have to be a lot more text formatting controls in the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel, which may not be feasible.
Good news! It is currently possible to enable all of the things on your list in After Effects and add them to your mogrt.
If you click on "Edit Properties" on the source text control in the EGP you can enable the font menu which will include any active Adobe fonts on your account in addition to the system fonts. You can also enable Faux styles which give you the ability to italicize and do small caps.
To add properties like color, twirl open the text layer in the timeline and click on that little triangle to the right of the word "Animate" (see image 2). This will allow you to add Color and Tracking properties to the timeline, which you can then add to the Essential Graphics Panel.
Leading and Baseline shift are a little bit trickier but possible through the use of Text Expressions which were added in After Effects 2020.
Here are a few helpful links to get you on your way.