In our last lesson (click here), in our look at Apple Motion 5, we got our text set up for our Path, but we now need to actually attach it. Where you assign the text to the Path, and where you choose the path are in two different places. Let me show you what I mean.
Once your text is ready to go, head down towards the bottom of the Motion 5 inspector, to the “Path Options” parameters. The very first option will give you a taste of what Motion’s Path Text can do!
Simply change the “Path Shape” from Open to any other option, and you’ll see your text immediately take the shape you have selected, in this case a Circle. For the Circle, you can adjust the “Radius” parameter of your path, to make your circle more rounded, if necessary.
Now, you aren’t limited to choosing only pre-defined shapes in Motion 5. You can easily create your own by choosing the “Geometry” parameter. Once selected, an image well will appear. Now, simply grab the pen tool and create a shape to use for your path. Once you’ve created the shape in Motion 5, drag it from the Layers tab to the image well in your Path Options, and your text will immediately attach itself to your new path!
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, be sure to 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.