Tip #208: How to Use the Bezier Tool in Motion

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Tip #208: How to Use the Bezier Tool in Motion

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

The Bezier tool creates straight lines, curves and arbitrary shapes.

Drawing a path in Apple Motion with the Bezier tool.
Control-click a red dot to reveal control point options.

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Motion has a Bezier tool that can be used to draw paths, create shapes, or define a non-geometric mask. It is both flexible and powerful. Here are some tips on how to use it.

  • Select the Bezier tool (it looks like a pen and is located immediately above the timecode display.)
  • Click in the Viewer to add a starting point.
  • Move the cursor and click again to create a straight line. To create a curve, click and drag the mouse.

NOTE: Press the Shift key to create straight lines, or lines at 45° angles.

  • Drag a white control handle to change the shape of a curve. Press Shift and Option to discover how they modify how white control line moves.

Control-click a red dot to reveal options:

  • Linear creates straight corners.
  • Smooth creates curves.

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