In our last lesson, we started looking at the options for 2D text inside of Apple Motion 5. Let’s continue our look now by looking at the next tab at your disposal inside of the Inspector, and I’m talking about the Appearance tab.
The Appearance tab is a pretty in-depth tool to really get your text looking exactly the way you want it to. The first parameter is where you can promote the title to 3D, and adjust things like Depth, and Edges (Bevels). The Face parameter is where you’re going to adjust the color of your text.
Outline, or Stroke as it’s more commonly referred to as, is where you can do just that. Put an outline around your text. Glow, again, is pretty self explanatory. You can add a glow to your text in this window, and last, but certainly not least, you have Drop Shadow, to add a basic drop shadow to your text. You’re going to find yourself spending most of your time when working with text, in the Appearance tab, as it houses the most commonly used parameters.
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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.