Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 20 – Path Text Pt. 1

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson, in our look at Apple Motion 5, we rounded out our discussion of creating Title Scrolls (click here for the lesson). In this lesson, let’s keep the animation discussion going by talking about Path Text in Motion 5, and how you will go about creating it.

Many people find how Motion 5 handles Path Text to be a little confusing, as all the information you need is not grouped together where you would probably think it should be. Either way, you’re going to need some text to start out with.

I’ve typed a line of text that we’re going to start out by putting into a circular Path, to have our text sit on. Once your text is typed out, you’re going to select it, and head over to the Layout tab of the Inspector. Remember, if you’re not seeing the Layout tab, it’s probably because you don’t have your text layer selected in the Motion 5 Layers Tab.

Path Text Setup
What you’re going to want to do is, under the Motion 5 Layout Controls, select “Path” as the layout mode, much like what we had done when choosing Scroll for our Credit Roll tutorial. This is where things get a little interesting.

You would think, at this point, that once we select Path, that our text should immedately attach itself to a path, so we can see it, but it doesn’t. Even calling up the Inspector doesn’t help.  That’s okay, though. We’ve got our text laid out, and the Path option ready to go, and in the next lesson, I’ll show you where you have all the control over your newly created Path text.

Be sure to take a look at our growing list of Apple Motion 5 – 101 tutorials here. You can pick up Motion 5 [iTunes link] and Compressor 4 [iTunes link], only $49 each. Also, make sure you check out Final Cut Pro X here [iTunes link], it’s only $299 and there’s a free 30-day trial.

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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