Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 6 – 3D Text, Part 1

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

The new 5.2 update to Apple Motion 5 gives many new and welcome features to Apple’s fantastic compositing application. One of the biggest new features is the ability to work with 3D Extruded Text, right in your Motion composition.

Now, one thing that surprised me with the new 3D text is that it’s not an extension of the current Text Tool inside of Motion 5, but its own “type” of text.

To work with it is quite simple: All you need to do is select “3D Text” from the Text dropdown on the toolbar. Once you’ve selected it, that’s really it, just simply start typing, and you’ll immediately see the 3D text in your composition window.

Text Selection

Now, this is where people might get a bit confused, and go heading for the help menu, because much like with the standard text tool inside of Motion 5, the HUD (Head’s Up Display) only lets you scratch the surface of the options, as far as text goes.

With the text selected, head to the Inspector tab at the left side of the screen. Once there, if you navigate to the “Text” tab, and then to “Appearance,” you’ll find the options for your 3D Text.

Text Inspector

Here you can adjust everything from Extrusion to Bevel, to Materials, and really give your text a realistic look, and you can, of course, publish your text back to Final Cut Pro X, so that any adjustments that need to made, can be done there, to keep your workflow running as smooth as possible.

Check out our growing list of Apple Motion 5 – 101 tutorials here. You can grab Motion 5 and Compressor 4, only $49 each. Also, check out Final Cut Pro X here, 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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