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Using text styles

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Video: Using text styles

For you Motion designers out there, there is really no need to jump to any other application just to do your text layout. Motion's Unique Style options will make you think about text in a whole new way. Let's get started by adding some style to this text. First, we have to select the text and then let's go to the Inspector under the Text tab and choose the Style option. Before I cover this, let's look at the footage. Press Play in your comp. Now, I happen to be in a park one night, and there were a bunch of fireflies just kind of coming up out of the woodwork and I thought it would be really cool to set up my camera and get some footage.

Using text styles

For you Motion designers out there, there is really no need to jump to any other application just to do your text layout. Motion's Unique Style options will make you think about text in a whole new way. Let's get started by adding some style to this text. First, we have to select the text and then let's go to the Inspector under the Text tab and choose the Style option. Before I cover this, let's look at the footage. Press Play in your comp. Now, I happen to be in a park one night, and there were a bunch of fireflies just kind of coming up out of the woodwork and I thought it would be really cool to set up my camera and get some footage.

Now, this doesn't really look too overwhelming, but later on we are actually going to use particles to increase the number of fireflies in here. But for right now, let's get started by stylizing this text. Under our Style options, first thing you will notice there is pulldown for Style Presets, and you can definitely click through and you'll notice it automatically applies a bunch of different presets. That's actually pretty darn good. Add in a blend mode and I would probably call it a day, but that's really not going to teach you styles. So let's go back up and reset the parameters.

Just click this curved arrow on the right-hand side next to Style Preset. The first thing you will notice, the Style section is actually broken down into four individual categories. We have the Face, the Outline, the Glow, and the Drop Shadow. Let's get started with the Face. You will notice its default setting is Fill with Color. You can actually fill text with a Gradient or even a Texture. The texture thing is pretty cool. If I had an image or even footage I wanted to put in the text, you can just drop it in this drop well. But for now, let's go ahead and choose Gradient.

Under the Gradient options, let's just choose a preset. Let's choose Light Metal. We can change the Opacity. Let's just bring that down a tiny bit. Now just so we can focus a little bit more on the style, go to your View options and turn off the Lines. I found that's a little less distracting. We could turn off the Handles as well, but I tend to like to leave those on. At the bottom of the face options, you'll notice we have Four Corner, and if you click-and-drag on the sliders, you can actually create some pretty neat distortion effects, and you'll notice what it's doing is just pulling the corners of each individual character in the word.

So as I click-and-drag in the value sliders, we can really give this kind of a different feel. I sort of like that, so let's leave it there. Close the Face options and let's move on to Outline. Go ahead and select the checkbox, and that's already starting to look a little better. If you'll open the disclosure triangle, Ctrl-click right in the drop well, and let's change this to a kind of yellow green, sort of like some fireflies. That's looking really nice. You'll notice we can adjust some Blur options. We can adjust to just on the individual X and the Y. I just like the effect that it's having just on the X. Also we could change the layer order so it's actually Over the Face or Under the Face.

Now, since the Face isn't 100% opaque, we're not noticing much of a difference. Also notice in the outline feature, we have the same options with the corners. Let's just pull this top value to around -6. Let's move on to Glow. Select the Glow, open a disclosure triangle, and you'll notice the Fill Color is set to yellow. This is nice, but it's a little bright. So let's go ahead and bring that down. And each of these settings is just giving me a little bit more depth. You'll notice we have the same options under Glow that we had under Face and under Outline.

Now, let's add a Drop Shadow. Open the disclosure triangle and select the Drop Shadow checkbox. Now, I know it's hard to see, so Ctrl-click in the Drop well. Let's just change it to a different color for now, so we can see it a little bit better. Here we go, nice and red. We'll pop that Opacity up a little bit, just so as I make my Blur adjustment, I can just want to see exactly what's happening. Now, I'm not a real big fan of that bright red, so let's just make it really, really dark greenish color, again to reinforce that kind of green/ yellow firefly color.

Okay, now that we have our Text style laid out, go ahead and deselect the layer by clicking anywhere in your canvas, move your playhead back to the beginning, and press Play. So style in Motion is a great way to really help your project stand out from the mundane. But be careful. Just because it's there, and we happened to use it all in this project, doesn't mean you should always use it.

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Motion 4 Essential Training

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  1. 6m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Important definitions
      3m 5s
    3. What's new in Motion 4
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 45m 38s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 20s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding the Utility window
      5m 50s
    4. Understanding the toolbar
      1m 57s
    5. Navigating the Canvas
      4m 37s
    6. Working with layers and layer groups
      4m 52s
    7. Using the Project pane
      2m 42s
    8. Transforming objects
      3m 41s
    9. Controlling the Timeline
      4m 27s
    10. Using the HUD
      1m 27s
    11. Essential preferences
      2m 37s
    12. Customizing the keyboard
      4m 14s
    13. Getting smooth playback with RAM preview
      2m 11s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding assets to Motion
      3m 12s
    2. Adding QuickTime movies to Motion
      3m 30s
    3. Adding still images to Motion
      3m 23s
    4. Adding image sequences
      3m 23s
    5. Adding layered Photoshop files
      2m 40s
    6. Adding Illustrator files
      2m 12s
    7. Using the Library
      3m 14s
    8. Understanding and using blend modes
      5m 39s
    9. Adding text
      1m 39s
  4. 13m 19s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      7m 41s
    2. Creating simple masks
      2m 36s
    3. Creating masks with objects
      3m 2s
  5. 42m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      5m 49s
    2. Adding parameter behaviors
      4m 2s
    3. Applying behaviors to layers and groups
      5m 16s
    4. Adding multiple behaviors
      7m 39s
    5. Exploring the power of the Link behavior
      5m 2s
    6. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      5m 18s
    7. Saving custom behaviors to animate stills
      4m 24s
    8. Using shape behaviors
      4m 54s
  6. 25m 3s
    1. Adding keyframes manually
      6m 10s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 38s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 33s
    5. Working with recording options
      1m 43s
  7. 26m 38s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 35s
    2. Using text styles
      4m 33s
    3. Formatting text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 8s
    4. Animating text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 23s
    5. Creating text on a path
      3m 35s
    6. Using text behaviors
      4m 24s
  8. 22m 4s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      4m 7s
    2. Match moving: Transform
      3m 56s
    3. Match moving: Four-corner pin
      4m 44s
    4. Retiming video in the Inspector
      5m 49s
    5. Using retiming behaviors
      3m 28s
  9. 11m 41s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      2m 46s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      8m 55s
  10. 8m 13s
    1. Pulling a luma key
      2m 42s
    2. Pulling a chroma key with Primatte RT
      5m 31s
  11. 11m 29s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 25s
    2. Using the text generator
      4m 15s
    3. Generating a background
      3m 49s
  12. 19m 9s
    1. Creating basic particle systems
      10m 58s
    2. Using particle presets
      1m 51s
    3. Creating an advanced particle system
      6m 20s
  13. 13m 25s
    1. Replicating objects
      4m 52s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 53s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 40s
  14. 49m 46s
    1. Working in 3D space
      5m 11s
    2. Working with cameras
      8m 6s
    3. Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts
      2m 56s
    4. Creating depth with lights and shadows
      8m 22s
    5. Simulating depth of field
      3m 54s
    6. Using camera behaviors
      4m 7s
    7. Animating cameras with camera framing
      6m 8s
    8. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      1m 52s
    9. Using reflections and highlights
      5m 13s
    10. Creating particles in 3D
      3m 57s
  15. 20m 31s
    1. Using the Paint tool
      6m 1s
    2. Using advanced paint tools
      8m 9s
    3. Applying paint presets
      1m 51s
    4. Sequencing paint with the Stroke behavior
      4m 30s
  16. 9m 3s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 37s
    2. Animating to music with the Audio Parameter behavior
      4m 26s
  17. 11m 52s
    1. Sharing files
      3m 36s
    2. Exporting files
      3m 15s
    3. Creating an export preset
      3m 0s
    4. Archiving your project
      2m 1s
  18. 15m 30s
    1. Round-tripping between Final Cut Pro and Motion
      4m 24s
    2. Sending your project to Compressor
      1m 59s
    3. Creating drop zones
      3m 0s
    4. Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut
      5m 2s
    5. Importing Motion projects into DVD Studio Pro
      1m 5s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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