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Change individual letter color

To change the color individually for each and every letter we need to apply a modifier to the text,  Having the text plus notes selected then right clicking in the text field we will click on character level styling.

character level styling

We will now be able to click on modifiers at the top of the inspector

text modifiers

We can now highlight letters in viewer to modify

highlight letters in viewer

Once we have letters with the green box we can now go back into the inspector and change the colors, font, tracking and other options.

Text drop shadow

You have a couple of options to add a drop shadow to your text. You can use the drop shadow node but I like to make by own as it looks a bit better.

To build this drop shadow I use a directional blur and a bitmap.

directional blur

After adding in the directional blur I use the bitmap to crush the alpha channel.

bitmap for drop shadow fusion text

From this point you can pipe the bitmap into a background node to see the results.

long drop shadow on text in fusion

If you’re looking to have the long drop shadows shorter you can cut them with a normal blur

blur drop shadow in fusion

By feeding the drop shadow bitmap into the blur bitmap we can cut the drop shadow when changing the paint mode to multiply

bitmap into bitmap

Text character animation

Using the follower modifier you can set a animation path and set a delay between letters.

follower modifier

To add this effect modifier right click in the text field area and click follower.

add follower

Next click on modifiers at the top of the inspector. Under the follower you can set the delay options here.

add delay to follower

Next set your animations using the text, transform, and shading tabs.

Motion blur on text in Fusion

When you add any type of move animation you can add motion blur.

motion blur on text

On the settings page of the text+ node you will see a motion blur check box to turn on the motion blur.

motion blur option

Add chromatic aberration on text in fusion

You have a few option in DaVinci Resolve Fusion for this but the one I like the most if the prism blur Resolve FX tool.

chromatic aberration on text

The tool has a few options but over all looks good.

connect prismblur

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Justin Robinson is a Certified DaVinci Resolve, Fusion & Fairlight instructor who is known for simplifying concepts and techniques for anyone looking to learn any aspect of the video post-production workflow. Justin is the founder of JayAreTV, a training and premade asset website offering affordable and accessible video post-production education. You can follow Justin on Twitter at @JayAreTV YouTube at JayAreTV or Facebook at MrJayAreTV

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