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Tip #581: Create Colorful Lighting for 3D Text
Colorful lighting is one menu choice away, and you can customize it to suit.
There’s a hidden lighting secret in Motion for 3D text that is worth learning: colored light! At the top of the screen shot is an example of lighting 3D text with colored light. Here’s how to create it:
- Create any 3D text.
- Select the text in the Layers panel.
- Go to Inspector > Text > Appearance, then twirl down Lighting and enable Environments.
- Show the contents of Environments by clicking the word Show to the right of the word “Environments.”
- Change Type from Field to Colorful.
- Change the Rotation to pick out the colors you like.
- For more control, twirl down Rotation and modify each of the axes. The effect changes with each. I’ve found that changing X rotation creates some very dramatic underlighting.
When you get the look you want, ah, stop tweaking. The screen shot shows the settings I used to create the lighting effect at the top.