Apply a text behavior

You apply text behaviors in the same manner as all other behaviors in Motion—via the Library or the Add Behavior pop-up menu in the toolbar.

Apply a text behavior from the Library

  1. Create a text layer in your project.

    For more information, see Add text or Add 3D text.

  2. In the Library, select the Behaviors category, then select the Text Animation or Text Sequence subcategory.

    Library showing Text Animation behavior subcategory

    The Text Animation subcategory contains behaviors for creating scrolls and crawls, text tracking, type-on effects, and custom text animation effects. The Text Sequence subcategory contains ready-made text animation presets that create specific effects with little or no customization necessary.

  3. Select a text behavior in the stack.

    A preview of the animation plays in the preview area. The preview merely represents the default animation of the behavior, which can be modified later.

     Library showing preview area and Apply button
  4. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the behavior to a text layer in the Canvas, Layers list, or Timeline.

    • Click the Apply button in the preview area.

The behavior is applied, and the Text HUD is replaced with the Text Behavior HUD (if the HUD is not visible, press F7).

Note: When you apply a behavior by dragging it from the Library, you can apply the behavior to only one text layer in your project at a time. If you need to apply a behavior to multiple text layers at the same time, use the Add Behavior pop-up menu, described in the next task.

Apply a text behavior from the Add Behavior pop-up menu

  1. Select one or more text layers in the Layers list, Canvas, or Timeline.

  2. In the toolbar, click the Add Behavior pop-up menu, then do one of the following:

    • Choose Text Animation, then choose a behavior from the submenu.

    • Choose Text-Basic, Text-Continuous, Text-Energetic, Text-Glow, Text-Highlighter, or Text-Subtle, then choose a preset behavior from the submenu.

    Toolbar showing Add Behavior pop-up menu

The behavior is applied, and the Text HUD is replaced with the Text Behavior HUD (if the HUD is not visible, press F7).