Tip #1684: A Fast Way to Change the Background

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Tip #1684: A Fast Way to Change the Background

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

By default, backgrounds are transparent; but you can change that.

These two options (red arrows) determine the state and color of a Motion project background.

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By default, Apple Motion places all elements over a transparent background. This means that, when you export the finished movie, it can be easily superimposed over video regardless of whether you use Avid, or Adobe or Apple software.

But, what if you don’t want the background to be transparent? Motion has a very easy way to change it to something solid.

  • Select the Project name in the Layers panel.
  • Go to Inspector > Properties.
  • Scroll down to the bottom.
  • Set the Background (bottom red arrow) to Solid.
  • Set the Background Color to whatever color you want for your project.

Now, when you export, your file will include a solid background.


The difference between Solid and Environment is that, while both are solid, Environment “interacts with [a] 3D project, including blend modes and reflections.” (Apple Help)

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