Adding Behaviors and Filters to Text

Nontext behaviors and filters are applied to text in the same manner as they are to other layers in Motion. This section provides a quick guide to applying behaviors and filters to text.

When a filter is applied to text, the text is flattened. In the Layout pane of the Text Inspector, the Flatten checkbox is selected and the parameter is disabled. When text is flattened, filters are applied to the text in local space; that is, “flat” to the text.

Figure. Canvas showing filter applied to flattened text.

Note: To turn off the Flatten checkbox once a filter is applied, turn off (or remove) the filter in the Layers tab, select the text, then turn off the Flatten checkbox (in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector). If you turn the filter back on, the text is flattened (the Flatten checkbox is selected and the parameter is disabled.

To apply a behavior to text
Do one of the following:
  • In the Library, select a behavior, then drag it to the text in the Canvas, Layers tab, or Timeline.

  • Select the text to which you want to apply a behavior, click the Add Behavior icon in the Toolbar, then choose a behavior from the pop-up menu.

    Figure. Add Behavior and Add Filter icons in the Toolbar.

    The Text HUD is replaced with a behavior HUD.

    Note: For more information on applying text behaviors, see Text Animation and Text Sequence Behaviors and Preset Text Sequence Behaviors. For more information on other behaviors, see Using Behaviors.

To apply a filter to text
Do one of the following:
  • In the Library, select a filter, then drag it to the text in the Canvas, Layers tab, or Timeline.

  • Select the text to which you want to apply a filter, click the Add Filter icon in the Toolbar, then choose a filter from the pop-up menu.

    Note: For more information on using filters, see Using Filters.