Motion 5 - Basic Formatting Controls

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Basic Formatting Controls

The following parameter controls affect common formatting adjustments for text objects.
Of these parameters, the Family, Typeface, Size, and Tracking also appear in the Text HUD.

Basic Formatting

Preset (unlabeled):

Use this pop-up menu at the top of the Format pane to save the

format, style, or format and style of the text to the Library, or to apply a preset text style
from the Library to the text. The default menu item is Normal.

For more information on applying and saving text styles, see

Using and Creating Preset

Text Styles



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Use this pop-up menu to filter the font categories available in the Font pop-up

menu. When set to All Fonts, every font installed on your Mac OS X system appears in
the Font pop-up menu.


Use this pop-up menu to choose the font for the text.


Use this unlabeled pop-up menu to the right of the Font pop-up menu to set

a type style, such as Regular, Bold, Condensed, and so on. The available typefaces are
specific to the font family selected in the Font pop-up menu.


Use this slider to set the point size of the text. Drag the Size slider left or right to

change the size. The slider is constrained to a maximum of 288 points. To create larger
text, click the numerical value and drag to the right or type a new number.

Drag up or right to
increase value beyond
default maximum, or
click and type a number.

Note: You can also scale the text in the Canvas using onscreen controls, but doing so
scales text as an object and is independent of setting type point size via the Size slider.


Use these buttons to set the alignment and justification of text. The alignment

choices are Left, Center, Right, Left Justified, Center Justified, Right Justified, and Full
Justified. Paragraphs of a text object can be aligned by selecting the text and choosing
an alignment option. Vertical Alignment can be applied in addition to horizontal alignment

Vertical Alignment:

Use these buttons to set the vertical alignment of text. The choices

are Top Aligned, Middle Aligned, and Bottom Aligned. The paragraphs of a text object
can be aligned by selecting the text and choosing an alignment option.

Line Spacing:

Use this slider to set the distance between each line of text (leading) in

point-size increments. Dragging to the right (above 0) increases the line spacing. Dragging
to the left (below 0) creates negative line spacing.

Tip: To modify the spacing for individual lines of text when hard returns are present,
select the text with the Text tool, then adjust the Line Spacing slider. Spacing is modified
on the line that includes the selected text.


Use this slider to set the spacing between text characters. Tracking applies a

uniform value between each character.


Use this slider to adjust spacing between text characters.


Use this slider to adjust the baseline of text characters. The baseline is an invisible

horizontal line defining the bottom alignment of characters.


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Advanced Formatting
The Advanced Formatting controls are used less often than Basic Formatting controls.
They affect additional aspects of selected text.


Use this slider to scale text characters proportionally. To scale in only X or Y space,

click the disclosure triangle to set separate X and Y scale values. In the following image,
the text X Scale is set to 50%, and the Y Scale is set to 100%.

Disclosure triangle

Affects Layout:

Use this checkbox to set how the layout of the text on its path is affected

by changes in scale. For example, when Affects Layout is deselected and text is on an
open spline path (and Wrap Around is deselected in the Layout pane), increases in scale
bunch up the text characters along the length of the path; decreases in scale spread the
characters out over the length of the path. When Affects Layout is selected, increases in
scale extend the text characters beyond the path; decreases in scale bunch up the
characters toward their set alignment (left, right, or center).

Text on a path prior to scaling

Affects Layout checkbox off

Affects Layout checkbox on


Use these value sliders to offset the text from its original position (anchor point).

Enter a value in the left value slider to offset the text in X space; enter a value in the right
value slider to offset the text in Y space. Click the disclosure triangle to access the X, Y,
and Z position values.


Use this dial to rotate the text characters in Z space. Click the disclosure triangle

to access separate X, Y, and Z rotation controls and also the Animate pop-up menu.


Use this pop-up menu, available when the Rotation parameter is disclosed, to

change the interpolation for animated 3D rotation channels. By default, this parameter
is set to Use Rotation.


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For more information about the Animate parameter, see

Parameters in the Properties



Note: The Rotation parameter must be keyframed Animate parameter options to have

The Animate pop-up menu contains the following options:

Use Rotation: The default interpolation method, whereby text characters rotate from

their start rotation to their final rotation. Depending on the animation, the characters
may twist before reaching their final orientation (the last keyframed value). For example,
if the X, Y, and Z Rotation parameters are animated from 0 degrees to 180 degrees in
a project, the text characters rotate on all axes before reaching their final orientation.

Use Orientation: This method provides smoother interpolation but does not allow

multiple revolutions. This method interpolates between the text characters’ start
orientation (first keyframe) and their end orientation (second keyframe).


Use this slider to simulate italics by adding a slant value to text characters.


Select this checkbox to apply a fixed amount of space between each text


All Caps:

Select this checkbox to make text characters uppercase.

All Caps Size:

Use this slider, available when the All Caps checkbox is selected, to set the

size of uppercase characters based on a percentage of the font point size.

Editable in FCP:

When using a Motion project as a template in Final Cut Pro X, select this

checkbox to allow editing of text parameters in Final Cut Pro. The editable parameters
include the following:

• Text string (text characters can be modified)

• Text size

• Text tracking

For more information on publishing to Final Cut Pro X, see

Creating Templates for

Final Cut Pro X




Type in the Text editor (the darker shaded area) to add and edit text in the Inspector.

For more information, see

Adding Text with the Text Editor