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Learn how to create stunning motion graphics and animations for video production. Author Ian Robinson explains how to format and animate type with the Transform Glyph tool and explores Motion's real-time 3D tools. The course also covers working in 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, keying green screen effects, and working with particle systems. In addition, Ian offers practical advice on integrating Motion into a professional video workflow and explains how to work smarter using rigs and templates.
If you're a designer who loves type, you'll probably get a kick out of setting type and creating some different type styles within Motion. The interface is really slick, and it's pretty easy to get stunning results rather quickly. So let's go ahead and create our first piece of type. Just press T on your keyboard to grab the Type tool, and you'll notice the cursor turn into this little I-bar here, and you just want to go ahead and click anywhere where you'd like to add some type. So I'm going to add some type up here in the upper left.
If you just click in the Canvas, notice the cursor will start blinking and now you can start setting type. As you enter type, go ahead and use the Return key to create new lines of type. Just remember when you're finished, go ahead and press Enter on your keypad to set the type. Once the type is set, if you need to go back and make edits, like I do here-- I have to add the e at the end of welcome--all you have to do is just double-click within the bounding box and you'll automatically select all the type.
Now if I just click once within this area, I can pop up my cursor and just use my arrow keys on my keyboard to navigate to the end of the word Welcome. When I type e to set this type, I'm not going to press Return; again, I'm going to press Enter on my keypad. If you want to preview different kinds of typefaces, you should probably just pull up the HUD. This is pretty easy to do if you use F7. Press F7 on your keyboard.
If the F7 key is mapped to something like rewind, you might want to use the function key as you press F7, but regardless, here is our HUD. And here I can access all kinds of different things, like the Opacity, the blend mode. I can choose different styles of type, which we'll get to in a little bit, and I can choose the typeface. The first thing I want to do is scroll through some different typefaces. Notice all I'm using is the scroll wheel on my mouse to scroll up and down through the different options, and notice it just updates dynamically within the scene.
So once I get a typeface that I like--I'm actually just going to stick with this Futura-- I can go ahead and press Enter, and that will set that typeface. Now as I'm looking at this, the weight is all kinds of off. I have "Welcome to" on the top line and "the" in the middle line and "Studio" at the bottom, so I do want to reformat this. I'll just double-click again in the bounding box and press Delete to delete the space and Return to return to the next line. And then I'll arrow down to "the" and then press Delete to move "the" up to the next line.
If I want these letters "to" and "the" to be smaller than "Welcome" and "Studio," I'm going to navigate to the right side of those letters and hold down Shift as I start using the left arrow to select back over the text. Now with that text selected, I can just click and drag on the Size parameter and notice it will adjust the size of this type. If you're having the hard time making precise adjustments here, if you hold down the Option key and click to the left or to the right of the slider button, you can move in one-point increments.
So I'll go ahead and just bring this down a little bit here. So that's looking relatively okay, but what I need to do is adjust the space in between the lines. And the way I can do that is by adjust the line spacing, but before I do that, I want to set the type by pressing that Enter button on my keypad. Now when I adjust Line Spacing it's going to adjust the spacing over all of the lines as a group. So as I'm looking at this, I still do need to make an adjustment to the placement of these middle two words "to" and "the," but in order to do that, I shouldn't be making adjustments to the Line Spacing.
What I need to do is adjust the baseline of just this one line of type. In order to have more precise control, instead of making adjustments in the HUD, I'm going to press the i button in the upper-right corner of the HUD to open the Inspector. When I close the HUD, you'll see we have the Text section selected and under Format, I have a ton of different options. If you are using this type for use in Final Cut Pro, you want to make sure that this selection is selected, Editable in FCP.
It's turned on by default, but I just wanted to draw your attention to it. Now to set this one line of type on a slightly different baseline, what I need to do is double-click in the box again-- that will automatically bring up my Type tool--and select all the lines of type. And really all I want to do is just click and drag to select this middle line of type. With that selected, I have an option to adjust the baseline. If I drag the left, it moves down; if I drag to the right, it moves up. So I'll just bring it up a little bit, and that way I can set the baseline for this type. And if I press Enter on my keypad to set it, we are all set.
If you want to be able to view the type without seeing this bounding box, if you go up under View, you could turn off Handles and you could turn off Lines and that way you can actually see the type while you're still making adjustments here in the text area. One last thing to kind of tweak with this specific layout of the type. I want to change exactly where "Welcome" starts. In order to do that, again, I need to double-click to select all the type and place my cursor up to the left side of this line.
In here I have an option for Advanced Formatting and if you open up the disclosure triangle, you see I can adjust this on the X. And if I click and drag, I can adjust on the X axis and bring Welcome over to the left side here. Now this is just a stylistic layout thing. By no means is this precise, correct typographic layout, blah, blah, blah. I just kind of wanted to move that to the side to create a specific effect. Once that's set up, I can go ahead again and just press Return.
So feel free to go through here and look at some of the different options, but all in all, as you can see, there are a ton of different options for laying out your format of the type. If we go to Layout, there are some other options that we can adjust, and most of these have to do with actual animation of the type. But the one thing that I want to show you in here is this down here for Type On. Notice I have Start and End and if I just click and drag and adjust the End parameter here, you'll notice that the type actually starts to disappear.
That's because if you keyframe this parameter, you can have it type on to the scene or type out of the scene. So Type On is kind of a neat way of creating animation without having to use any text behaviors, and it's still something that pops up here in your Layout options for your text. So as you can see, it's pretty easy to add type and format the type however you need within Motion, but if you want to add some Style, there is a whole different section in here which we'll actually jump to in the next video.
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