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Motion 5 Animation By Keyframe

In the last tutorial, we started working on our logo reveal for a craft business, by animating the background image. In this tutorial, we will add the logo text to the project, using the Text feature in Motion to match the font and style of our company logo.

We will need to add the logo text in two parts, so that we can add the masking technique to one part of the logo. We will first fade in the "dC" and then bring in the "ipollo Designs", moving in from the left and behind the "dC". In order to create the effect that the rest of the name is appearing from behind the "dC", we will use a mask to hide the text until we move it away from the mask and into view.

At the end of the scene, we will add the tagline “SVG Cut Files * Digital Stamps * Inspiration”. The words will appear on the Canvas one at a time moving from left to right. You may have seen this popular animation on the Television or YouTube.

  1. Open your work-in-progress into MotionR 5 and add a new layer named “Name” to the Layers pane. We will use this layer to hold the two text elements.

  2. With the new Name layer selected and the Playhead at the beginning of the Timeline, click on the Canvas with the Text tool. Type the first part of the company name (dC). This is the part that we will fade in. In the Inspector, set the color, size and font for the text.

  3. Repeat the previous step to add the second part of the name (ipollo Designs) on a new layer. Select both parts and center the name on the Canvas. Finally, select the second part of the name in the Layers pane and move it below the first part of the name.

    First we need to add the fade in animation to the first part of the name. As we did with the background animation, we will set two Keyframes for this animation that will set the opacity value for the text.

  4. With the Playhead at the beginning of the Timeline, select only the first part of the name and reduce the Opacity in the Inspector (Inspector - Style). Click the Record button to set the first Opacity value at the beginning of the Timeline.

    We want the fade in animation to last for 1 second.

  5. Move the Playhead to the 1 second point on the Timeline and set the Opacity back to 100%. Click the Record button to stop recording Keyframes.

Now the fun begins. We can start building the masking technique.

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