Tip #1450: Simple 3D Text Lighting Tricks

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Tip #1450: Simple 3D Text Lighting Tricks

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Be sure to turn Environmental lighting off to get the full effect.

Lighting Styles for 3D text: Dramatic Top Right (top), Below, Medium Right (bottom).

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(I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar illustrating Cameras, Sets & Drop Zones in Apple Motion 5.5.)

The more I play with 3D text in Motion, the more fun I have. Here is a very quick way to dramatically change the look of your text.

  • Create some 3D text, give it enough depth that you can see the edges.
  • In Inspector > Text > Appearance, uncheck Lighting > Environment.
  • Then, change Lighting Style and watch what happens.

For this screen shot, I set:

  • Font: Optima
  • Size: 300 points
  • Depth: 60

Then, I applied three different Lighting Styles, from top to bottom in the screen shot:

  • Dramatic Top Right
  • Below
  • Medium Right


Once environmental lighting is turned off, if you plan to use other elements you’ll need to add lights to see them,

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