Text Animation and Text Sequence Behaviors

In Motion, text behaviors are divided into two basic categories: Text Animation behaviors and Text Sequence behaviors. The Text Animation behaviors allow you to quickly create crawls, scrolls, animated text tracking, or “type-on” effects. This group also includes the powerful Sequence Text behavior, which allows you to create a custom animation that sequences text style and text format attributes through the text characters over time. The style attributes include face (fill color), glow, drop shadow and outline. The format attributes include position, opacity, scale, rotation, tracking, and so on. The sequence can run through the text from left to right, right to left, or you can create a custom animation for the direction of the sequence. The sequence can also be applied per character, per word, per text layer, and so on.

In the following illustration sequence, the text in the upper area of the image is animated by modifying the Scale, Blur, and Opacity parameters in the Text Sequence behavior. The lower text is animated using the Fade In/Fade Out and Tracking behaviors.

Figure. Animated text examples.

The Text Sequence behaviors includes six classes of preset sequence behaviors: Basic, Continuous, Energetic, Glow, Highlighter, and Subtle. These behaviors employ the parameters of the Sequence Text behavior (in the Text Animation category). 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.

Note: While most of the Text Sequence behaviors have a definite start or end (fade in or out, blur in or out, and so on), the Continuous group of behaviors are designed to have no start and end points.

You can save a modified behavior to the Library. For more information, see Saving a Modified Text Behavior to the Library.

Applying a Text Behavior

Text behaviors are applied in the same manner as all other behaviors and filters in Motion—by using the Library or the Add Behavior icon in the Toolbar. As with other behaviors, the Library allows you to see a preview of the behavior before it is applied to text. The Add Behavior icon allows you to quickly apply a behavior to single or multiple text layers.

To apply a Text behavior from the Library
  1. Create a text layer in your project.

  2. In the Library, select the Behaviors category and then select Text Animation or Text Sequence from the Behaviors subcategories.

    Figure. Library showing Text Animation behavior subcategory.
  3. Select a text behavior in the stack.

    Like other behaviors in Motion, a preview of the animation plays in the Preview area. Keep in mind that the preview merely represents the default animation of the behavior, which can be modified.

    Figure. Library showing Preview area and Apply button.
  4. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the behavior to the text in the Canvas, Layers tab, or Timeline.

    • Click the Apply button in the Preview area.

      The Text HUD is replaced with the text behavior HUD.

To apply a Text behavior from the Add Behavior icon
  1. Select the text layer (or layers) to which you want to apply the behavior.

  2. In the Toolbar, click the Add Behavior icon, then choose a Text Animation or Text Sequence behavior from the pop-up menu.