3D text workflow
Although 3D text can be customized in unlimited ways, you can create impressive-looking 3D text in just a few simple steps.
Stage 1: Create a 3D text object
You can create a new 3D text object from scratch or convert an existing 2D text object into 3D text. Both approaches result in basic 3D text: white characters with a smooth plastic texture that are gently extruded in Z space (depth).
Stage 2: Apply a preset style
To give basic 3D text a more dynamic appearance, you can apply one of the ready-made 3D text styles that come with Motion.
The text style is applied to the selected text.
The preset 3D text styles artfully combine font, depth, and texture settings.
Stage 3: Adjust text settings
You can further modify your 3D text by adjusting basic text settings (including font, size, tracking, line spacing, and capitalization) or adjusting 3D-specific text attributes (such as depth, text weight, edge style, and corner style) in the Text Inspector or HUD.
To get a good look at all sides of your 3D text, you can move and rotate it in 3D space.
Stage 4: Modify the materials
If you want to, you can customize the texture of your 3D text by applying different textures and finishes available in the Materials category of the Motion Library. Materials include substances (such as metal or plastic), paint layers, distress layers, and more. Each layer has many attributes, allowing you to create limitless variations. You can even apply different materials to different facets of 3D text (front, back, side, and edges).
Stage 5: Add a lighting style
Another way to customize the appearance of your 3D text is to add a lighting style.
You can customize lighting in a variety of different ways, but these presets are a great way to create a unique and realistic look very quickly.
Stage 6: Integrate the text with your composition
Finally, combine your 3D text with backgrounds, shadows, and other elements to create an organic, integrated scene.