About Fonts

Motion uses all supported fonts installed on your Mac OS X system. Mac OS X-supported fonts include OpenType, Type1 (or PostScript), and TrueType. All supported fonts installed on your system appear in the Library, as well as in the Format pane of the Text Inspector. This includes fonts located in the following folders on your computer:

For information on installing fonts, see your system documentation. If you installed LiveFonts from the install DVDs when you installed Motion, the LiveFonts are available in Motion. For more information on LiveFonts, see Using LiveFonts.

You can preview and apply the available fonts in the Library or in the Format pane of the Text Inspector.

Using the Library Font Preview

The Motion Library includes a Fonts category and Preview area to browse fonts or change existing text.

For information on previewing and changing fonts in the Text Inspector, see Editing Text Format.

Previewing Fonts

When you select a font in the Fonts category of the Library, a preview of the font is displayed in the Preview area of the Library.

To preview a font in the Library
  1. In the Library, click the Fonts category.

  2. Click the font subcategory you want to preview.

    Note: The first subcategory, All Fonts, contains all fonts from the other subcategories.

    If you are in list view, the font list appears in the stack. If you are in icon view, the font thumbnails appear in the stack. In the images on the following pages, icon view is selected.

    Figure. Icon View and List View buttons in the Library.
  3. In the stack, click a font thumbnail or name.

    The font is displayed in the Preview area, along with the font name and type.

    Figure. Library window showing Fonts category.

Changing Fonts

There are two ways to use the Library to change the font of text in the Canvas. The first method is to drag a font to the text object in the Canvas. The second method is to select a text object in the Canvas, Layers tab, or Timeline, select a typeface in the Library, then click the Apply button in the Preview area.

To change the font by dragging a new font to the Canvas
  1. In the Library, click the Fonts category and then the font subcategory.

  2. Drag a font from the stack onto the text in the Canvas.

    Figure. Canvas showing font dragged onto text object.

    As you drag the font over the text, a transparent thumbnail of the font appears and the pointer becomes a green add pointer (+). When you release the mouse button, the text is changed to the selected font.

    Figure. Canvas window showing text object with font changed.
To change the font using the Apply button
  1. In the Canvas, Layers tab, or Timeline, select the text to which you want to apply a new font.

  2. In the Library, click the Fonts category and then the font subcategory.

  3. In the stack, click a font.

  4. In the Preview area, click Apply.

    Figure. Library window Preview area showing Apply button for a selected font.

    The text is changed to the selected font.

Navigating the Font List

To quickly locate a font by its name in the font stack, you can type the first few letters of the font name.

To select a font by typing the first few letters of its name
  1. Click any font name or thumbnail in the font stack.

  2. Quickly type the first two letters of the font name.

    Note: If you do not type the second letter of the font name quickly, the selection is reset and jumps to the font whose name begins with the second letter entered.

To move through the browser fonts in alphabetical order
  • Drag the scroll bar on the right side of the stack up or down to move through the fonts.