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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.
Now there are so many options once you add text to your Motion project that we actually created a separate chapter solely dedicated to working with text. But it's kind of important to understand at least how to add text to your Motion project. So we'll just add some basic text. Go up to the Create section of your toolbar and in the right-hand side you'll see a T button, go ahead and click on that and you'll notice your mouse changes into the I bar. If you place that anywhere in your canvas and click, you'll now have a blinking cursor. Go ahead and add some text into your projects.
When you're finished adding text, you can either press Escape or Enter on your keypad to set the text. Now with the text set, you can adjust the basic settings of text in the HUD. By clicking on the pulldown menu, you can go through all the different fonts and preview them in your canvas before you apply them. You can click-and-drag and adjust the Size, the Tracking, the Line Spacing if you add multiple lines in the Alignment. If you press this I for Inspector button, it will open the Inspector and there are whole host of other options.
Now, this is one way of adding text in your Motion project. The second way, if you grab the Text tool is to click-and-drag, holding your mouse button down. This will allow you to create a text box, and it even gives you rulers on the edge letting you know how large the text box is. This way you can copy and paste text into your Motion project and it will only occupy the space that you've drawn out with this paragraph text box. So as I said in the beginning, it's important to understand how to add text to your Motion projects.
Now that we've got the basics done, let's move on through the rest of our training.
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