CE TextRamp

CE TextRamp

Posted on 02. Mar, 2009 by in After Effects, Products

Check out this amazing CustomEffect for hassle free, custom Tea Cups With Lids Amber Rings Wholesale Tea Trays Toddler Sleeping Bags color, text transform following gradients. You asked for it so here you have it!


If you ever had to apply a Ramp effect to a Text Layer to make it look hip you know that it can be a nightmare. Not to mention when you have a couple of those Text Layers to handle. But have no fear – TextRamp is here! Check out the examples below.

CE TextRamp Examples

Some time ago I posted a free solution to this problem, so make sure to check it out before you continue. The old TextRamp tutorial will show you how to create very simple preset that might help in some situations.

But this one… oooooooh… this is serious stuff. CE TextRamp is way more functional and robust than the old solution. You’ve asked me several times to create a CustomEffect that would not only allow to apply a gradient to a Text Layer, but also allow you to rotate and scale the layer with a gradient applied to it. So here you have it. This little baby also handles 3D Text Layers to some extend, so make sure to watch the tutorial and check it out.

Remember that this is not a bulletproof solution. There’s only so much that can be done with expressions and presets, but hey… it works in most situations but there may be times when you need to precompose so be sure to check out the tutorial.

Anyway I’m sure you will find CE TextRamp useful and affortable. Enjoy!

Get CE TextRamp (CS3) for only 14.90 USD

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21 Responses to “CE TextRamp”

  1. Nick D. Clements

    03. Mar, 2009

    Excellent. (you read my mind on using layer styles) To bad i don’t have any euros… well the crappy inflated US-DOllar will have to do.

  2. Lubos Buracinsky

    03. Mar, 2009

    Finally, I have been waiting long for something like this. Well worth the money, well done again Jerzy!

  3. AndrewE

    03. Mar, 2009

    This is fantastic!

    Simply put, this is the best effect preset that a man/ woman can buy for under 20$. Seriously, the time it saves me from precomping and comping and setting up everythign perfectly yadda yadda yadda. It’s great, do yourself a favour and buy this!

    I can’t believe it’s just as simple as adding this to my text layers, I still in awe of how easy you have made it.

    Thank you for saving me at least another 15 mintues to my day. Things like this makes my life easier, thank you!

  4. UmairVFX

    03. Mar, 2009

    Hey Jerzy this is definitely amazing tool and very very handy to use its save my life lots…. by the way this the best tool for every AE users…

    Once more its fantastic achievement…. :) i am not buttering just speaking honestly and i can say one think more that this is best effect after pixel sampler in my opinion. I really love pixel sampler because i use it alot in keying :0) and now this CE will become as “Curve Effect” for me which i use alot :)….

    Guys i will definitely recommend you that please check this out once this will save your time much much more when you got very very tight deadline :)

    and you know time = money :)

    and thanks jerzy for your great great efforts for us….

    Best of luck for future CE…. C YA :)

  5. Nick D. Clements

    03. Mar, 2009

    Additionally, even if you are going to be working in 3D space with “ramped” text, (which you would have to precomp anyway) it’s still worth using this custom effect on the text in a precomp for all of the aforementioned reasons.

  6. James Wicks

    03. Mar, 2009

    Time is money.
    And this is a huge time-saver for me.
    And it’s good!!!

    Thanks Jerzy.

  7. Maltaannon

    03. Mar, 2009

    You can use this in 3D space without precomposing to some extend. Zooming, panning and simple rotating works fine. If you use some sophisticated motion of the text and camera it might get tricky. But if the movement is fast it’s hardly noticeable. Give it a try.

  8. Eran Stern

    04. Mar, 2009

    Great improvement over the first version, to be able to work without the layer style annoying limitation is wonderful. Totally worth 10 Euros

  9. PhSn

    04. Mar, 2009

    Amazing! Dude this is a really great CE! Just seconds after I saw the presentation I immediately thought about millions of practical ways of using this! Maybe it’s not the most exiting CE that blows you completly away, but I think the one with the most usefull possibilities and tons of situations, where you can use this!
    Your’re simply the best :)

    Greeez
    PhSn

  10. Craig

    04. Mar, 2009

    Maltaanon you have scored again.

    An easy to-use preset that tackles an everyday problem. Today my life is simpler and my work faster.

  11. caimeng

    05. Mar, 2009

    thank you for your tutorials
    wish you good everyday
    if I have a work I will pay
    Forgive me now

  12. Janus

    08. Mar, 2009

    YES! I asked for it, and there it is :)

    Looks great, will get it the 15th(payday).

  13. Loay

    08. Mar, 2009

    Thanks A lot

  14. Phoenician

    02. Aug, 2009

    first of all thank you for the great tutorials . super work

    and I would like ad here that I instaled the ” CustomEffects Installer ” and added the ” CE TextRamp ” to
    After Effects CS4 – using WIN 7 – Release Candidate – as my operating system .

  15. Matthew Woods

    08. Dec, 2009

    Good effect. I have been using the obsolete solid with a “basic text” effect applied when I needed to do this. Right now, I’m looking for a solution to preserve a ramp on text attached to a path. Any ideas how to do that?

  16. Tim

    31. Jan, 2010

    Ok, first let me say I love your stuff, your generosity over the years, and have learned a lot from your tutorials. So, when I say what I am about to say, I want you to understand I hold you in the highest regard when it comes to all things After Effects …

    But in this case, I don’t understand why this plug-in is needed? I have always gotten around the gradient text issue by simply taking a solid (roughly the size of my text) with the Gradient effect applied to it, and parenting the text, used as a track matte.

    It works flawlessly, unless I am missing something. (Which is quite possible, so please feel free to blast me out of the water.) I could duplicate your Gold Rush etc. quite easily … I can rotate (on ANY and ALL axis even, unlike the plugin), resize, move, etc.

    That is not to say I don’t like some things about the plug-in … I definitely do. But I’m just curious as to what it is that the above method can’t accomplish. Thanks!

  17. Tim

    31. Jan, 2010

    Ahhh, I did find something … per character animation gets a bit tricky REAL fast. Anything moving out of the scope of the parent solid get messed up. Basic animations are fine of course, but the ones moving in from off screen … another story. But, like the plug-in, you can sell it in many cases.

    • Jerzy Drozda Jr

      31. Jan, 2010

      I think you’re missing the point of this product. Of course you can create a new solid and parent it to the text, of course you can precompose the text with all the styling, but then you loose the Live Text that can be edited inside of the composition, or other things happen. CE TextRamp is not a bulletproof solution to all text problems, but it surely fixes many and it works for me – and that’s why I published it. It’s designed to create nice stylized text in the final comp, without additional precomps or layers. It’s a quick and easy to use fix that works in many cases.

  18. Tim

    31. Jan, 2010

    Thanks for the rapid feedback! Actually, I don’t have to pre-compose with the technique I described. It’s literally a few steps:

    1) Create the desired text
    2) Make a solid roughly same size as text (bit larger I find works best)
    3) Apply the Gradient effect to the solid and adjust
    4) Parent the text to the solid, and make the text an alpha track matte

    That’s it. You can style away with no pre-composing. Had some success with path text as well, but then there is some gradient shifting for sure.

    Anyway, I do like your solution as well … nothing like a one click (or drag) problem solver, and some of the options for the gradient itself within your plug-in is rather nice. I’ll probably grab it sometime in the near future. Best wishes.

    -Tim

  19. TIm

    31. Jan, 2010

    Oooof … I just realized something. The Gradient plug I’ve been mentioning is NOT built in! For some reason I thought it was part of AE. It actually is part of Trapcode’s Text Anarchy (really Anarchy Toolbox Filters). Sorry!

    You can use the simple Ramp or even the 4-color Gradient that is built-in, but admittedly is not nearly as good as with TC’s Gradient. Score one more for your plug! :)

  20. tian heng

    12. Mar, 2010

    wow thanks a lot