Motion 5 Tutorial: Lesson 31 – Working With Generators Part 2

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson, in our look at Generators in Apple Motion 5, I said that we’d be looking at how to add Generators to an element like Text, and to have the solid color replaced by the Generator. And in this lesson I’m going to show you how to do just that.

Let’s, first, take a Generator from Boris FX to use for this example. Now, we could really use any generator, but Boris FX has some pretty stylized generators, like one of my favorites, Reptilian, and we’re going to add this generator into some text.

Let’s create the text first in Motion 5: Using the Text Tool, simply type out the word you want to apply the Generator to. In this case, I’m going to type out Doddle. Once you’ve typed it out, take the BCC Reptilian generator, and add it to your group. Things should look like this right about now:


Now, right click on your Generator in Motion 5, and select “Add Image Mask,” and you’ll now see a new sub-layer appear, below your Generator. Simply drag your text layer onto your Image Mask layer and, Voila, your Generator is now making up the fill layer of your text.

You can add bevels and other effects to the text in Motion 5, and it will trickle down to the the fill (generator) as well! This is a very simple, yet effective way to add any type of elements (still image, video, generator) as a fill layer, to an element like text.


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.


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