Get and Set Layer Text (Advanced Layout)

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Mikaeru

Get and Set Layer Text (Advanced Layout)

Post by Mikaeru » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:35 am

FYI, I've just released version 3.6.2 of the JSON Action Manager scripting library.

It adds a new module jamText which provides full support for getting and setting layer text programmatically, using the thoroughly documented Layer Text Object Simplified Format, defined as a JSON object.

Text can be multi-styled, and the following layouts are supported:
Point textParagraph textText along a pathText inside a pathYou may want to have a look at and/or run the provided test script Test Text Layers to see how this can be achieved.

A utility script called Get Layer Text (for Photoshop CS3 or later) is also available separately; it lets you get the layer text of the current text layer as a JSON object (it actually calls the function jamStyles.getLayerText). You can then pass the resulting JSON object (stripped down if necessary) to the function jamText.setLayerText to set a layer text in your own scripts.

Here is one simple multi-style example:

Code: Select allvar text = "Bonjour !";
app.documents.add (UnitValue (512, "px"), UnitValue (256, "px"), 72, text);
var layerText =
{
    "layerText":
    {
        "textKey": text,
        "textClickPoint": { "horizontal": 50, "vertical": 67 },
        "antiAlias": "antiAliasCrisp",
        "textShape":
        [
            {
                "textType": "point",
                "orientation": "horizontal"
            }
        ],
        "textStyleRange":
        [
            {
                "from": 0,
                "to": text.length - 1,
                "textStyle":
                {
                    "fontPostScriptName": "Myriad-Italic",
                    "size": 128,
                    "color": { "red": 144, "green": 0, "blue": 255 }
                }
            },
            {
                "from": text.length - 1,
                "to": text.length,
                "textStyle":
                {
                    "fontPostScriptName": "Minion-BoldItalic",
                    "size": 192,
                    "color": { "red": 255, "green": 0, "blue": 0 }
                }
            }
        ],
        "paragraphStyleRange":
        [
            {
                "from": 0,
                "to": text.length,
                "paragraphStyle": { "alignment": "center" }
            }
        ]
    },
    "typeUnit": "pixelsUnit"
};
jamText.setLayerText (layerText);
More information on installation and directions for use is available in the Layer Text Quick Tutorial.

HTH,

--Mikaeru

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