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Let the parent of a layer (or a layer of your choosing) drive its opacity while maintaining control over the original layer's properties.
Learn to snap one layer of text to another (V1.0 is made to use with left justified text only). See video for details.
Text Lasso is a free After Effects tool that allows you to speed up & automate your workflow by pulling text from another layer. It's dynamic so changing the original text will update the new text layers you've created.
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