Tip #206: Export a Still Frame From Motion

… for Apple Motion

Tip #206: Export a Still Frame in Motion

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Saving a still frame is as easy as “Share.”

Apple Motion Save Current Frame Dialog
PNG and TIFF offer the highest quality. JPEG is the smallest file.

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You are in the middle of creating the perfect motion graphic… except, the client wants to see your interim work before everything gets locked. No problem. Here’s a fast way to create a high-quality still.

  • Put the playhead on the frame you want to save.
  • Choose File > Share > Save Current Frame.

Export. PNG or TIFF are the highest quality, but largest files. JPEG is best for emailing.

Color Space. Virtually all the time, “Use Canvas Setting” is fine.

Color Channels. If you want to retain transparency, include the Alpha channel. If not, select Color.

Give the file a name and location and you’re done.


You can create a custom keyboard shortcut using the Commands menu.

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