Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 4 – Interface Part 2, The Canvas

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In Apple Motion 5, the Canvas is not only where you’re going to see exactly what you’re doing with your compositing, but there are some important drop-down menus there as well that you’ll need to be aware of. The first drop-down is simply to adjust size of the canvas in the window. Normally “Fit” is the option you want to go with.

Canvas Size Drop-Down

Next is the Color drop-down menu. This is where you have different options as to how you want to view your composites. Maybe you only want to see the Red Channel, or the Alpha of your image. This is where you can toggle that view on and off

Color Drop-Down Menu

The Render drop-down menu lets you toggle options like the resolution of your canvas (Full, Half, Quarter), the quality (Draft, Normal, Best), and even get in and toggle Lighting, Shadows and Reflections on and off.

Render Drop-Down Menu

The View drop-down menu is where you have the ability to toggle everything from Safe Title/Safe Picture to Dynamic Guides to correct aspect ratio issues.

View Drop-Down Menu

Last, we have the 3D display drop down that will let you activate more windows in the canvas for when you’re working in 3D space. You would normally have four windows to represent the Camera View, Left, Front, and Top views. This is imperative when working in 3D space.

3D View Drop-Down Menu

These drop-down menus go mostly unnoticed, but are essential to getting your work done properly.

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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.

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