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How to format bullet point in after effects?

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Jan 18, 2020

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Hi, I would like to add in a text with bullet point, but I cant seem to get it with the right formatting. I did attempt to format it in illustrator (using tabs and paragraph spacing) before copying and pasting, but to no avail. anyone knows how? 

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AE doesn't support any specific list formatting. You have to manualyl construct it from multiple text layers and/ or using lots of spaces and custom kerning.

 

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Hi, I would like to add in a text with bullet point, but I cant seem to get it with the right formatting. I did attempt to format it in illustrator (using tabs and paragraph spacing) before copying and pasting, but to no avail. anyone knows how? 

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AE doesn't support any specific list formatting. You have to manualyl construct it from multiple text layers and/ or using lots of spaces and custom kerning.

 

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AE doesn't support any specific list formatting. You have to manualyl construct it from multiple text layers and/ or using lots of spaces and custom kerning.

 

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Unless you need to animate the individual character positions using the Text Animators available in a text layer you should be laying out your text in Illustrator. You'll have all the tools you need there. If you need to convert carefully laid out text to editable text, layout the text in Photoshop on separate layers.

 

The only other option, as Mylenium said, is to use multiple text layers and fonts or shape layers for the bullet points. If you have a bunch of these to do you can add expressions to line up the baseline and spacing from the bullets. 

 

If you have a bunch of this kind of stuff to do I find that it is easier to layout the animations in Keynote or PowerPoint and generate your movie and moves there, then edit the entire project in Premiere Pro. You can get some pretty fancy text transitions in either of those apps and it is pretty easy to create a movie from either app.

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Aug 07, 2020

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I just wrote this script and it seems to work. It is designed to add a bullet with every line return though, so there are limitations to it.

 

str = text.sourceText;
bullet = str.split("\r");
numBullets = bullet.length;
newStr = "";
for(i = 0; i < numBullets; i++) {
	bullet[i] = "•		" + bullet[i];
	newStr = newStr + bullet[i] + "\r";
}

newStr

 

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Yes. it's work. Thank you so much.

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Awesome script, Joshua! Thank you for sharing. 

I wonder if we could tweak this to use a comp/precomp as the bullet symbol. That way the symbol could be literally anything and have animation properties too. I'll try some thing but I'm sort of new to expressions. 

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