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Create Background Layer in Motion Project
Now that we have set the project properties for our Motion project, we can begin to build the composition. Our first layer of the composition will be the background for the project. This can be a static image, solid color, gradient color or animated.
Project Properties for Motion 5 Projects
We will add a solid bottom to the project. Donít confuse this with a background layer that will be the first of many layers that we will add to the Layers pane. These layers will contain the design elements for our project. At this point, we are still working with the project properties.
Start a New Project in Motion 5
Now that we have taken a tour of the Motion 5 workspace, letís start a new project. We will be taking a closer look at a few of the menus and the Project Browser.
Motion Library Content
Apple Motion has pre-built objects, effects and other design elements, called content, that can be added to your projects. This content ranges from a simple static background to more complex particle animations, such as the Bokeh. You can drag and drop several elements to create impressive effects.
Motion 5 Behaviors
Motion Behaviors are drag and drop animations that you can apply to images, graphics, text and even imported videos. To apply a behavior takes a simple drag and drop from the Library and then you can customize the animationís parameters in the HUD or Inspector to suit your project.
Adding Text to Motion Project
Text is an important design element in a Motion project. Common uses of text are lower thirds and titles. Once added, you will want to add special effects to the text such as Motion behaviors, masks, filters and blend modes. Letís walk through the process for adding text to a Motion project.
Importing Video Into Motion
Many Motion projects start with importing video into the workspace in order to add lower thirds and other effects to complete the project. Letís walk through the steps for importing a video clip from a folder on our desktop into our project.
The Apple Motion Interface
One of the best ways to learn a new software program is to get familiar with the user interface or workspace. The Apple Motion workspace is uncluttered but still contains a lot of resources ready to use in your projects.
Apple Motion Best Features
Apple Motion excels in creating motion graphics because of the many presets that come package with the software. When used out-of-the-box, these presets can save you valuable time or when used as a starting point, they can make creating your custom project much easier.
What Is Apple Motion
Apple Motion is for animating graphic design over time. An artist can create a design layout combining image and text for an ad campaign but once you begin to move those objects around the screen, add in audio, transitions and special effects and your static design comes alive as motion graphics.
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