Editing Text in the Inspector

All text controls are located in the Text tab of the Inspector.

To display the Inspector
  1. Select the text.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Inspector.

    • Click the “i” button on the HUD.

    • Press Command-3.

The Text tab is divided into three panes: Format, Style, and Layout. The Format pane contains text basics, such as font, size, and tracking. Text characteristics such as face, outline, and blur are controlled in the Style pane. The Layout pane contains text layout controls, such as margins, justification and text on a path.

Figure. Text tab of the Inspector showing Format, Style, and Layout panes.

As with all parameters in Motion, if the parameter can be animated, the Animation menu icon appears next to the parameter in the Inspector.

Figure. Animation menu icon for Text Size parameter, in the Inspector.

To reset a parameter to its default settings (including removing keyframes), click the Animation menu icon, then choose Reset Parameter from the pop-up menu.

Figure. Animation pop-up menu showing Reset Parameter option selected.

To reset a group of parameters, such as the text Face controls or the Sequence controls of a text behavior, click the reset button in the Inspector. To reset a single parameter within a group, click the Animation menu, then choose Reset Parameter.

Figure. Reset button in the Style pane of the Text tab.

Editing Text With Applied Sequence Behaviors

Text Sequence behaviors automatically create animations that sequence text style and text format attributes through the text characters. The style attributes include face (fill color), glow, drop shadow and outline. The format attributes include position, opacity, scale, rotation, tracking, and so on. Although the Text Sequence behaviors are all presets—the parameters are already selected and animated—you can still add, remove, or modify any parameter that is available to the Sequence Text behavior.

All of the text behaviors in the Text Sequence behaviors category were created using the default text glow, outline, and drop shadow attributes. For example, for a sequence behavior that incorporates a text glow, the glow color is the default yellow. For a sequence behavior that incorporates a text outline, the outline color is the default red. The controls to change these defaults are located in the Format tab of the Text Inspector.

Additionally, the text sequence behaviors are based on left-aligned text. Unless you have defined the text as center aligned, the characters may animate from the left when certain sequence behaviors are applied. To animate the text from its center, change the alignment in the text HUD or in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector.

Use the following guidelines to modify text attributes when text sequence behaviors are applied.

To change the default glow color (yellow)
  1. Select the text and open the Style pane of the Text Inspector.

  2. In the Glow controls, use the Color well to modify the glow color.

    For more information on the glow controls, see Editing Text Glow. For more information on using color wells, see Color Well.

To change the default outline color (red)
  1. Select the text and open the Style pane of the Text Inspector.

  2. In the Outline controls, use the Color well to modify the outline color.

    For more information on the outline controls, see Editing Text Outlines. For more information on using color wells, see Color Well.

To change the default text alignment (left)
  • Select the text, then do one of the following:

    • In the Layout pane of the Text Inspector, choose an option from the Alignment pop-up menu.

    • In the text HUD choose an option from the Alignment pop-up menu.

      For more information on text layout, see Editing Text Layout.