Is there any way to change the color of the text in a keystroke callout?

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I'm trying to use keystroke callouts, but I can't seem to change the text color. If I'm using the Traditional or Gray styles I can use the Colorize effect to change the background. With the Outline style the Colorize effect changes the background outline, but the text always remains black.In the Clear style, the text remains black but bizarrely, the plus sign between the modifier key and the letter has an outline that gets the Colorize color, but none of the other text does.

I want to use a style without a background, but the source video is very dark gray. I just want to change the color of the text in the callout to white so it will show up. I can't find any control or effect that will do this. Is this actually not possible, or am I just missing it?

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Joe Morgan

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Theres a way to get there.
Using the Color Adjustment filter.
Set the Contrast to -75
Brightness to 100%
Saturation to 0. Actually, the saturation setting doesn't seem to matter.

If you do this a lot, I don't know how demanding it would be on system resources?
However, it works.

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I know you asked about white; however, I would like to take Joe's suggestion, which works, one step (well, a couple steps further). What if you wanted a color other than white. If you wanted a color other than white, then Using the Color Adjustment Filter.
Set Brightness to 100
Contrast to 100
Saturation to 100

This will turn everything to a grey. With the keystroke selected on the timeline, press Control + F and save it as a PNG file on your hard drive.

After saving, in Camtasia, Press Control + I and select the PNG file to place it in the media bin.  Add the PNG file to your timeline. Place colorize on the PNG file and then select whatever color you want. That white outline will still be around the plus sign; however, you can have the keystroke color match the branding of your company, video, or whatever is needed. You can also crop the image to the actual size of the keystroke call out. Then after cropping adjust the size of the keystroke to whatever size you desire.

Hint: Also save this to your library, so you can use that keystroke image if needed later and easily change the color again.

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One caveat that I did not think of when writing this out. When saving as a PNG, it is going to pick up the color of your canvas. So I would either temporarily change the canvas background to a bright green or put a bright green box behind the keystroke. Save as a PNG, then when bringing in the PNG, also place a remove color and remove the green, then colorize the grey.