Tip #1364: Change the Motion Background

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Tip #1364: Change the Motion Background

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

For full-screen projects, set the background to a solid color.

Background settings in Project Properties. Transparent is the default.

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By default, the background in Motion is transparent, though it is displayed in the Viewer as black. However, you DO have options.

Also by default, the background color is black. This means that the Viewer displays black behind all elements, BUT it does not export this color.

To change the background, type Cmd + J, this displays the Project Properties panel.

  • Transparent. The background color does not export, though it does appear in the Viewer.
  • Solid. The background color appears in the Viewer and is exported as a solid color with your project.
  • Environment. The background color appears in the Viewer, exports with your project and interacts with elements in your project, for example, using blend modes..


To change the background color in the Viewer, change the background color setting in Project Properties.

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