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Automatically changing the color of the first letter of every word within a list of text

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Jul 31, 2023 Jul 31, 2023

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Hi, I have very basic AE skills and can't figure this one out. I only want every "C" to be yellow and don't want to manually change it every time I change the words. 

Tried an expression that looks for every space " " and then changes the color of the character right next to that, which would be the C's:

 

var userText = text.sourceText;
if (userText.length > 0) {
var modifiedText = userText.replace(/ (\w)/g, " <span style='color:#FCD527'>$1</span>");
modifiedText;
} else {
""
}

 

I'm getting "Error, couldn't turn result into numeric value"

 

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Thank you for any ideas you may have. 

 

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Jul 31, 2023 Jul 31, 2023

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If you add an Expression Selector and add this expression to the Amount property, it should get you close to what you're after:

 

userText = text.sourceText.value;
userText[textIndex-1] == "C" ? 100 : 0

 

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I am not sure I understand how this could work. If you add a Fill color, you can only fill the characters based on the start, end, or offset. 

 

If you use an expression on the source text to change the color, you can only do that once, not for every instance of a character like "c."

 

It would be useful to be able to designate a character and fill every instance of that character with a different color, but I don't see any way to do that with the current text engine in After Effects.

 

 

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Is this not what he's asking for?

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The Expression Selector is a feature that I have never used before. Thanks Dan,  I learned something new from you again.

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