Tip #187: Quickly Create Transparent Graphics

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Tip #187: Quickly Create Transparent Graphics

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

Transparency is also called the “alpha channel.”

Properties panel in Motion 5 showing  transparent background setting.
Set project transparency using Inspector > Properties.

Topic $TipTopic Like Photoshop, Motion makes creating images that contain transparency easy. In fact, transparent backgrounds are the default setting. But, if things go west, here’s how to create a transparent background.

  • Create a motion graphic as usual.
  • In the Layers panel, select the project.
  • Go to Inspector > Properties, then make sure that Background is set to transparent.

Now, when you export your movie or save it as a Final Cut Generator, it will include a transparent background.

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