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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.
Making your paint strokes look impressive and dynamic is really only a preset away. Let's get started by dragging a selection box around our paint stroke. Now, with our paint stroke selected, let's press the HUD button. In the HUD, notice at the bottom, there's an option for Shape Style. If we click on that pulldown menu, you notice there's a whole host of different styles and options for paint strokes. So, let's see what Light Streak 03 looks like, go and click to apply it and you will notice the paint stroke disappeared.
Don't select it, press Play on your playhead, and you notice it automatically had animation applied to it. Now, even though the strokes have been applied, you can always stop playback and adjust the Width of your stroke. That way we can see this preset a little bit better. Now, the Shape Styles pop-up menu is only way to apply a preset. The other way is to go to your Library and you'll notice there's a Shape Style section and that's where all the paintbrush presets live. If you select through some of them, you'll be able to see whether or not the paint stroke has been animated or if it's a still paint stroke.
You can easily apply these styles with drag and drop or select your paint stroke and Shape Style and click the Apply button. Let's move our playhead back to the beginning and press Play. And you notice the first Shape Style was replaced by the second. Let's press F5 to open up the Project pane. As you can see when you apply your presets, it will also add the sources and any filters that may have been applied to achieve that effect. You can also go to the Inspector and look under the Shape settings to kind of reverse engineer exactly how these were built.
So, now that you know a little bit more about Paint Stroke Presets, I hope you have fun trying to take your Paint Strokes to the next level.
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