Tip #1114: A Simple Way to Add Depth to Text

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1114: A Simple Way to Add Depth to Text

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Rotating text or images on the Y-axis is a fast way to add the illusion of depth.

Square-on text (top). Text rotated 45° on the Y-axis using the Text Inspector.

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An easy way to add depth to text is to rotate it on the Y-axis. (See screen shot.)

While Final Cut does not support 3D rotation of most objects, it does support 3D rotation of text.

In this screen shot, the text clip (700 point Harrington) was rotated 45° on the Y-axis in Text Inspector > Rotation.

Even better, this rotation is keyframeable, so you can animate this rotation while the rest of the clip is playing.


The text size slider only goes to 300 points or so. To create larger text, enter a number in the field, rather than drag the slider.

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