Using and Creating Preset Text Styles

The Motion Library contains a set of preset text styles that you can easily apply to text in your project. A text style is a group of Style parameters that have been modified and saved in the Library. For example, the Tropical Waters text style includes a gradient fill simulating the colors of a tropical lagoon and a sheer blue-colored glow that is set over the text face, then scaled down and offset.

Figure. Canvas window showing text object with preset style applied.

You can also customize and save your own text style or format (or both) in the Library.

Applying a Text Style

There are two ways to apply a text style to text. The first method is to select a style in the Library. The advantage of using the Library to apply a text style is that you can preview the style before it is applied to text. The second method is to apply the style in the Text Inspector using the Style Preset pop-up menu. This section discusses both methods.

To apply a text style from the Library
  1. In the Library, select the Text Styles category.

  2. Select a style from the stack.

    Figure. Library showing Text Styles category.

    A preview of the style is displayed in the Preview area.

    Figure. Library showing preview of text style.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Select the text to which you want to apply the style, then click the Apply button in the Preview area.

    • Drag the style from the stack to the text in the Canvas, Layers tab, or Timeline.

      The text style is applied to the text.

      Figure. Canvas window showing text object with text style applied.
To apply a text style from the Text Inspector
  1. Select the text to which you want to apply a style.

  2. In the Style pane of the Text Inspector, choose an item from the Style Preset pop-up menu.

    Figure. Style Preset pop-up menu in the Style pane of the Text tab.

    The text style is applied to the text.

Resetting Text Style

Use the reset button in the Inspector to reset the text style controls to the default parameter settings.

To reset all text style parameters
  • Click the reset button in the Style Preset parameter row.

    Figure. Reset button.

Saving a Custom Text Style

Once you have modified parameters in the Style pane (such as Gradient or Glow) or Format pane (such as Tracking or Slant), you can save the style that you have created to the Text Styles category in the Library. These custom styles can then be used and applied just like the preset styles.

Note: Any custom presets that you save to the Library are stored in /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/Text Styles/. The Motion Library is stored in two places on your computer: The read-only content that is installed with Motion is in the /Library/Applications Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder (unless you selected a custom location when you installed Motion), and all custom content that you create is saved in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder.

To save a modified text style to the Library
  1. Select the text with the modified parameters you want to save as a style.

  2. In the Style pane, open the Style Preset pop-up menu and choose one of the following options:

    • To save a style with only the Style pane parameters, choose Save Style.

    • To save a style with only the Format pane parameters, choose Save Format.

    • To save a style with parameters from both the Style and Format panes, choose Save All.

  3. In the Save Preset To Library dialog, type the name of your preset.

    Figure. Save Preset to Library dialog.
  4. Click Save.

    The custom preset is saved to the Text Styles category in the Library. Custom presets can be identified in the Library by the small user icon that appears in the lower-right corner of the larger text style icon.

    Figure. Library showing Text styles category including custom text style.