Tip #596: An Easy Way to Create a 3D Look

… for Apple Motion

Tip #596: An Easy Way to Create a 3D Look

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

By default, Motion elements are 2D.

Top red arrow: Switch from 2D to 3D. Middle arrow: Move an element back in space. Bottom arrow: Adjust rotation of element.

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Motion provides a very easy way to create 3D effects, where one element passes through another. Best of all, it just takes one mouse click.

After creating the shapes you want:

  • Store them in the same folder. (This isn’t strictly necessary, but it makes things easier.)
  • On the right side of the group holding the shapes, click the 3 Shapes icon, indicated by the top red arrow. This switches the group from 2D to 3D.
  • Select an element, then go to Inspector > Properties and twirl down Rotation. Adjust the Y axis so the shape goes back from the front of the screen.
  • Twirl down Position and adjust Z position until one shape passes through the next.

Tweak Position and Rotation settings for all elements to get the look of the depth you want.

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