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The real-time engine in Motion 3, a component of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, gives motion graphics designers the freedom to continually experiment and adjust while they work. Ian Robinson explores how to get the most from this unique application, while also sharing his own essential motion graphics techniques. Along with teaching the fundamentals of video and audio work, he looks at Motion 3's new 3D tools in depth. Ian demonstrates the use of behaviors to create organic movement in particle systems and camera moves without keyframes. He also discusses effective integration with the other Final Cut Studio applications, and much more. Example files accompany the course.
So as you can see we have some text here that's in desperate need of some style. So go ahead and open your Project pane, F5, and select the text. Now let's go to our Library and browse some Style Options. A very popular one is Live Fonts. I really like Live Fonts, but it has some limitations. Let's say for example, I want to choose this Flip Clock. I will just go and drag it and drop it right out on to the text, and let go. Go and hit your spacebar and let's see what it looks like.
That looks pretty cool. I could go to my Inspector, click on Text and change the Format. Now, with Live Fonts, all you can do pretty much is change the Size and change the Tracking. If I were to change the Text to let's say Blue text or White text, instead of red text, I just can't do it. So for this reason, most of the time, I actually end up using my System Fonts. Let's go ahead and click on that, we will bring the System Fonts back.
Let's change this back to our Helvetica. There we go. Go up to your View and open up your Safe Zones; this is really important when you are laying out text, you want to make sure that the Text is inside this inner square here called Title Safe. Let's go ahead and adjust the Size of that text back down, and let's look at some other options. Click on the Style tab. This first option here deals with the Face. So for example, I could click in this drop well and make the text Yellow, but what I would like to do is add a Gradient.
So go ahead and click on the pull down and chose Gradient. I am going to go ahead and close my Layers Tab here, just so we can see things a little easier, F5. Click this little arrow next to the Gradient, and let's look at some of these options. So you will see this repeated throughout Motion, anytime you select the Gradient option. Let's go ahead and change our Start Color. Click on this little square, this little Color tab here, and go ahead and adjust the Color. I could drag Sliders, or I could click on the Eye Dropper and choose something straight out of the background.
If I want to adjust my Next Color here; go ahead and click on that Color Tab and adjust it accordingly. So that's pretty close to what I was looking for. Let's go ahead and add another Color here in the Gradient. To add another Color in the Gradient, just click in the Bar, and you will notice another one these Color Chips comes up. if you right click in the drop well, you will get this Quick option, where you can easily just choose a color. I am just going to choose this Electric Pink right here. If you don't like that, go ahead and click on the Color and quickly drag it off to the right, and you notice it disappears.
So if you go ahead and select any of the other Color Chips, you notice you get this little triangle right here. What this does is it will allow you to adjust the Center Point of how faster Gradient changes from one color to the next. So I have set my Gradient, the text is kind of blending into the background a little bit, so I am going to close my Face options and add an outline. The red is a little bright, so go ahead and right click, and choose black. There we go. It has kind of get a rough edge to it, but I like it.
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