Replacing a missing font

New Here ,
Dec 17, 2019 Dec 17, 2019

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Hi folks,

 

If I open an After Effects project produced elsewhere and there are missing fonts, how can I select a font to use instead of the missing one?

 

Particularly in the the situation where I have the font used but perhaps mine has a slightly different name so I'd like to just say 'use this instead please'

 

Thanks

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LEGEND , Dec 17, 2019 Dec 17, 2019
It's not easy without a plugin. After Effects will happily show you that a font is missing via the project panel, but it just assumes that you will deal with the problem by installing it. To replace the font applied to a text layer you have to select that layer, so if the layers in question are scattered about in precomps it becomes a nightmare to find them all. There's a paid plugin which can search-and-replace lots of things to do with text layers, including fonts - https://aescripts.com/pt_textedit/...

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It's not easy without a plugin. After Effects will happily show you that a font is missing via the project panel, but it just assumes that you will deal with the problem by installing it. To replace the font applied to a text layer you have to select that layer, so if the layers in question are scattered about in precomps it becomes a nightmare to find them all.

 

There's a paid plugin which can search-and-replace lots of things to do with text layers, including fonts - https://aescripts.com/pt_textedit/ - but note that After Effects has a terrible set of tools for scripting text objects, and it cannot cope with situations where a different font or weight is applied to parts of the text. Whatever is used on the first character is assumed to be used on the entire layer, so if you bolded a word or inserted a symbol you'll have to fix it by hand.

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New Here ,
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Ah good to know though.

 

I felt like it must be possible and I was being thick for missing the option 🙂

 

At least I can say with surity that's the case.

 

Thanks for the help 🙂

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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I encountered that also, it happens with multiple installations of the same font or moving a project from machine to machine (mainly Mac to PC)

 

I suggest finding the fonts replicas in your OS or as mentioned, using a script like FontMate

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