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In Motion 4 Essential Training, Ian Robinson shows how to start building outstanding motion graphics and animations for video production. He demonstrates how to build custom text animations with the new Adjust Glyph tool and explores Motion’s amazing real-time 3D tools. Ian highlights working in the 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, and using reflections to add realism. He gives practical advice on how to integrate Motion into a professional video workflow, round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and sending a final project to Compressor. Exercise files accompany this course.
Another piece of software designers use a lot is Adobe Illustrator, and what makes it special is the fact that it designs everything in vector-based graphics. Now if you are not quite sure exactly what that means just follow along as we import an Illustrator file into our Motion project. And I can show you a little bit more about vector graphics. In your File Browser, navigate to your Exercise Files folder and in the Media folder open the Illustrator_Files folder, and finally we are at the Imagine.ai file. Go ahead and drag-and-drop that right out on to the Canvas, and let go.
You notice we have white letters spelling out the word Imagine. Now you might be saying okay that's great. I have got text inside of Motion. What's the big deal? Well, open your Inspector and click- and-drag in the Scale value slider. You notice I have scaled this to over 1200% and the edges of letter are still nice and sharp. Now Illustrator is a great place to go, if you want to create graphics you can scale up endlessly and not have to worry about the edges getting blurry.
But there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. When you import your Illustrator file into Motion please understand that it doesn't support layered Illustrator files. Motion will just automatically flatten all those layers into one layer. So if you press F5 on your keyboard and select Imagine.ai you'll notice Motion lists it as a PDF. And the reason it does this, Motion is actually using the PDF format to kind of bridge the gap between Illustrator and Motion. But more importantly, with this selected in the Media tab of your Inspector you'll notice there is a checkbox called Fixed Resolution.
If you have ever used Illustrator files in Motion 3, you'll remember the days where this was actually selected by default. Now in Motion 4 quite nicely this has been deselected, because if it were selected, let's see what happens. This is what graphics typically look like if they are not vector-based. When you scale them up to over 1200%, not very pretty. So enjoy the fact that Motion 4 supports Illustrator files and now by default Fixed Resolution is turned off.
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