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Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool

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Video: Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool

I like to think of working with the Transform Glyph tool as a kind of hands-on approach to formatting and animating type. If you have always kind of looked at the computer interface and thought, jeez! it would be really nice if I could just reach in there and grab that one element and sort of move it around, with tablets, I know it's getting close, but really, especially when it comes to formatting type, that tactile nature of positioning and moving things around really isn't there, and the Transform Glyph tool is the only thing I've found that really kind of makes that possible.

Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool

I like to think of working with the Transform Glyph tool as a kind of hands-on approach to formatting and animating type. If you have always kind of looked at the computer interface and thought, jeez! it would be really nice if I could just reach in there and grab that one element and sort of move it around, with tablets, I know it's getting close, but really, especially when it comes to formatting type, that tactile nature of positioning and moving things around really isn't there, and the Transform Glyph tool is the only thing I've found that really kind of makes that possible.

So to show you what I am talking about, let's look at our Studio project here. If you have been following along, you've seen how we built some of these different elements. And if you try and create playback right now just by pressing the spacebar, depending upon your system, the playback is probably pretty darn slow. As I'm looking at this, I realize exactly where this is laid out on the screen, and really what I want to do is create a different layout for each of these letters for the word Studio, and I want that layout to be completely random, kind of like they were strewn about on a floor, if you will. I am going to have each of the letters sort of flip up and that sort of thing.

We are not going to animate right now. We are just going to get comfortable transforming and moving these letters. But before we can do that, we do need to deal with the fact that playback is relatively slow, and also the background is pretty busy. Just so we can focus on this one layer of type, go ahead and select the STUDIO layer and press Ctrl+S. What that's going to do is solo this one layer. Now, as you are working, you don't want to forget that you did solo the layer, but this is a great way of being able to focus on just one specific layer without having to have everything else going on.

Now to bring up the Transform Glyph tool, all you have to do is press Tab on your keyboard and cycle through until you get these control handles. If I click and hold down here on my Transform tool, well, you'll see the Transform Glyph tool. What this is doing, it's giving me control handles for each individual letter. So it's nice. I can select any letter and use the typical Transform controls that I use for any other layer in the project. If I want to rotate this on the Z axis, if I hover over this circle, I can just rotate this individual letter on the Z axis.

Here I can have it spin forward. That looks pretty neat. Move around. So even though I don't have a camera in my scene, I can still move this around in three-dimensional space. So I am going to tilt this back. You can feel free to distort your letters however you like. Here, let me rotate this around so you can see. If you click on the corner of one of your handles in the bounding box, you can adjust the scale. Now notice as I adjust the scale of this one letter, it is kind of making the rest of the word move around, and that's just because it is trying to keep the same spacing that we had laid out, and that's perfectly fine based on what I am trying to do.

I just want to move this letter S down. As I'm looking at the word here, what if I want to distort two letters the same way? Let's click on the O and then hold the Command key down and click on the U. Now I have two letters selected, so when I start doing the transforms, it's actually adjusting both letters accordingly. Now if you want to see exactly what you're manipulating once you pull up the Transform Glyph tool, open up your HUD, press F7 on your keyboard, and here you'll notice at the bottom we have an option for the Transform Glyph Attribute, and notice it's rotating around the local axis.

I can have it rotate around the world axis or the view axis. If we weren't looking at it from straight on, we could adjust it based on the view. But I will just leave it for Local Axis right now. So once you have these two letters set up the way that you like, let's work on these last three. As we've distorted these letters and repositioned them, I think things are looking kind of interesting, but I think it would be a lot more fun if we could actually move the glow separate from the letters. And yes, with this tool, you can do as well.

If you go down under the Attribute section, under Transform Glyph, go ahead and click on the pulldown, and here you notice I can move the Face, the Outline, the Glow, or even the Drop Shadow. So I know I have a Glow applied. I will go ahead and choose Glow, and here notice how the bounding box changed. This just allows me to actually distort only the glow for this individual letter. So this is kind of neat. We can get a double-layered effect. You can use this background glow to kind of give a 3D perspective to the letter.

Based on the fact that I moved the glow back like this, what I want to do is actually go back and select the glyph itself, and I'm going to spin it forwards. Now notice, even after I've done the one adjustment to the glow, it actually does maintain its distortion in perspective to the rotation. So I will just spin that T down, so that way, as it starts to stand up, the glow moves behind. Now I want you to go through yourself and click on the D and the I and adjust things accordingly to your specific taste, because in the next video we are actually going to cover how to create an animation once you've set all these different distortions.

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  1. 14m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Learning important definitions
      8m 13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 37s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 22s
  2. 49m 41s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      4m 3s
    2. Navigating the interface
      9m 27s
    3. Creating and transforming objects in the Canvas
      6m 9s
    4. Controlling the Timing pane
      6m 29s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 41s
    6. Customizing the keyboard
      5m 5s
    7. Using RAM preview and audio controls to get smooth preview playback
      5m 26s
    8. Introducing markers and audio
      6m 21s
  3. 26m 9s
    1. Adding assets to a project
      7m 56s
    2. Using the Library
      6m 4s
    3. Working with layers and groups
      6m 9s
    4. Understanding and using blend modes
      6m 0s
  4. 31m 15s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      7m 5s
    2. Adding multiple behaviors
      6m 31s
    3. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      8m 40s
    4. Using custom presets to create a slideshow
      8m 59s
  5. 29m 49s
    1. Animating manually using keyframes
      7m 49s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 28s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      10m 9s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      5m 23s
  6. 52m 33s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      7m 50s
    2. Using text styles
      10m 36s
    3. Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool
      5m 33s
    4. Animating text
      11m 17s
    5. Working with text on a path
      8m 16s
    6. Creating credit rolls
      9m 1s
  7. 31m 19s
    1. Match Move: Four-corner pin
      7m 25s
    2. Match Move: Transform
      11m 27s
    3. Stabilization
      5m 4s
    4. Retiming footage with behaviors
      7m 23s
  8. 16m 42s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      4m 18s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      7m 32s
    3. Timing a style with filters
      4m 52s
  9. 33m 35s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      10m 7s
    2. Using shape behaviors
      7m 40s
    3. Creating and adjusting masks
      10m 47s
    4. Creating masks with objects
      5m 1s
  10. 34m 3s
    1. Using the keyer to composite green screen footage
      7m 28s
    2. Refining a key
      11m 6s
    3. Using masks to refine a green screen composite
      7m 54s
    4. Color-correcting elements to match within a green screen composite
      7m 35s
  11. 50m 2s
    1. Understanding generators
      4m 52s
    2. Applying text generators
      5m 41s
    3. Creating particle systems
      5m 49s
    4. Making adjustments to a particle system
      7m 33s
    5. Using particle behaviors
      5m 18s
    6. Creating paint strokes
      6m 58s
    7. Animating paint strokes
      4m 57s
    8. Using the Replicator
      5m 1s
    9. Replicating video
      3m 53s
  12. 47m 28s
    1. Viewing a scene in different layouts
      7m 17s
    2. Working with lights
      8m 12s
    3. Adjusting lighting and reflectivity
      9m 13s
    4. Creating and adjusting shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Creating replicators in 3D
      7m 50s
    6. Creating particles in 3D
      5m 7s
    7. Creating text in 3D
      5m 46s
  13. 42m 14s
    1. Working with cameras
      9m 3s
    2. Creating depth of field in a composition
      4m 55s
    3. Using camera behaviors
      9m 53s
    4. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      7m 26s
    5. Animating cameras with camera framing
      10m 57s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 29s
    2. Adding audio markers
      7m 7s
  15. 17m 37s
    1. Sharing files
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a pre-render
      7m 5s
    3. Archiving a project
      3m 34s
  16. 26m 5s
    1. Creating drop zones
      4m 21s
    2. Setting up rigs: Slider rigs
      6m 56s
    3. Setting up rigs: Pop-up rigs
      4m 49s
    4. Making templates for Motion
      4m 3s
    5. Making templates for Final Cut Pro
      5m 56s
  17. 1m 32s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 32s

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