Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 14 – 2D Text Part 1

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In the next few lessons in our look at Apple Motion 5, we’re going to take a look at text creation, inside of your project. Creating text is much more than simply typing it on the screen. When we’re doing you’ll have a good understanding of the actual creation of text, adding shadows and even strokes to your footage to create a stylistic look that any producer would be happy with!

To add 2D text to your composition, simply select the 2D Text tool, click somewhere in your comp, and start typing. Now, what’s important to keep in mind is that if you have the HUD open, you’ll have access to some of the parameters that are associated with your text. In most cases, unless you’re doing a basic size adjustment, font change or justification alteration, you’ll do most of your title styling in the Inspector tab.

Once you have the Inspector selected, you’ll notice that, depending on what element you select, the inspector will show you something slightly different. For text, you will get three different categories, each pertaining to a different aspect of your text: Format, Appearance, and Layout.


The Format tab in Motion 5 contains most of the common aspects of your text like Font, Alignment, Line Spacing (Leading), Tracking, and even Baseline. There are some Advanced options as well including Scale, Offset, Rotation, and even whether you want to make the text editible in FCPX.  In the next lesson, we’ll take a look at the next text tab, Appearance.

Be sure to check out 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, 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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