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In Motion: Principles of Motion Graphics, Ian Robinson shares the core concepts and techniques used to create real-world motion graphic elements in Apple Motion. The course starts with finding the initial inspiration for a project and then covers how to bring those ideas to life using the tools in Motion, including type treatments, filters, textures, and lighting. Two projects demonstrating how to animate a title sequence and how to assemble a graphics package are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
Motion has many different ways you can actually set type, so to save you some time, I'm going to show you some of those features, but also show you some keyboard shortcuts you can use to help speed up your workflow. So to get started, let's click on the text here in the center of our canvas. Now press F7 to open up your HUD. On the left-hand side, if you click and hold your mouse button down, as you scroll through the different fonts, notice the typeface will update in your canvas as you make your changes. This is really nice when you're actually animating. You can leave Motion playing back as you make the adjustments and choose different typefaces.
I just think that's the coolest thing. I'm just going to undo that last adjustment here, because I do like that typeface, but if you notice, there are sliders here that give us more control for layout. So if you click directly on the knob on one of the sliders, you can adjust the size of the type, but also if you hold down Option key and then click on the right or left side of the button, notice you can adjust the size in one-point increments. That key command only works when you're dealing with whole point values like we have here with the size.
Now you can adjust the tracking and the line spacing as well, but there are many-many more controls for setting type within the inspector. So let's go ahead and click on the i in the upper right corner of the HUD and go ahead and close the HUD. I want to draw your attention to the Properties tab. Under Position, you can reposition your type just by clicking and dragging any one of the position drop wells here. Notice as I move the type through the screen, the anchor point is moving right along with the type layer. Jump to the Text tab and under Format there is another way of positioning your type and that's adjusting these settings down here.
So for example, if we click and drag on the Offset parameter, notice I'm moving my type again. But notice when you choose Offset, yes, the transform handles will move, but the anchor point stays in the exact same position. So that's important, obviously because if clicked on the rotation handle here, no longer will the type rotate around the point that's locked right to the side of the type, because we've offset it. So let's change your Offset back to zero here and we can change our Rotation back to zero as well. I'm holding Shift as I drag so just it just snaps right to zero.
Down at the bottom of the Format option, you can see any text that's in the type on your canvas. So this is a really nice feature if you have a lot of type and there are plenty of lines that are off the screen. Now obviously since this is a short, we don't have that issue. Now if you go to the Layout section here, this is where we have some of the same layout options that we had in the HUD. Now let's get to some of the keyboard shortcuts and the finer points of setting your type. If you double-click in your text layer, it should automatically select all the type and grab the Type tool for you.
So if you go ahead and click between any letter, you'll get a flashing cursor. To navigate up and down between the letters, just use your left and right arrow keys. If you hold down Ctrl and use your right or left arrow keys, you can adjust the kerning between individual letters, one point at a time. If you hold down Option and right arrow, you'll move the cursor to the right end of the word and if you hold down Option and left arrow, it'll jump to the beginning of the word.
If you've been doing motion graphics for an extended period of time, all the stuff is probably pretty straightforward for you, but I want to show you another tool that we can use in Motion for setting type and we'll probably use this tool quite often throughout the rest of this title. If you click and hold on the leftmost tool in your toolbar, go down to the second to the last option. This is the Glyph tool. This will actually allow you to click directly in the canvas and adjust one letter at a time, but notice we get the full 3-D control handles.
So if I want to rotate this, I can go ahead and rotate it in three-dimensional space by clicking on the top circle here, or I could click on the left circle and rotate it. You get the general idea. with the Glyph tool you can get an amazing amount of control over setting your type. So as you can see there are numerous ways of setting type within Motion and when you're trying to remember your keystrokes for some of those shortcut commands, I have a little phrase I like to think in my mind. Sometimes you need to exercise your "option" when you want to gain more "control" of the situation.
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