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This script places each character of the selected text layer on its own layer.
After Effects CS3
Scripts (jsx)

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In After Effects CS3 or later, run the script
Select a text layer
Specify the method to use:

"Preserve characters location" maintains the characters at their current location, but it creates text layers having the same number of characters as the original layer (therefore their anchor point is the same as the original layer's anchor point)
"Appropriate anchor point" creates text layers containing only one character (therefore their anchor point is as defined in the Paragraph panel), but it superimposes all text layers at the center of the comp

Click on "Decompose" to place each character on its own layer

Version: 2.0 (05 June 2009)
by Charles Bordenave,


Script, jsx, text, break, decompose

(Min. Version: After Effects CS3, Category: Text-FX, Type: Scripts (jsx))
posted by MicGyver on Dec 11, 2009


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