Prepare Photoshop File for Apple Motion

Prepare Photoshop File for Apple Motion
In the previous tutorial, we created the holiday text for our MotionR project. We added layer styles to give the text a 3D appearance. We also created the snow indentation text layer for the Motion animation. Next we will add the shadow text layer, which we will create from a second duplicate of the holiday text layer. Once we have all three layers completed, we will use the same process to create the company text layer. Finally we will prepare the PhotoshopR file for importing into Motion.

  1. Duplicate the holiday text layer. Because this will be a shadow behind the holiday text layer, drag this duplicate layer under the holiday text layer.

    To make things easier let's turn off the visibility of the holiday text layer.

  2. Shadows are dark fuzzy shapes, so let's change the color of this duplicate text to black (#000000) with a Color Overlay style.

    Now we will blur and distort the text to appear to be a shadow cast onto the snow.

  3. From the Menubar, click Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 6 pixels.

  4. Click Edit - Transform - Distort. Drag the top center handle downward to shorten the shadow text. Also, drag the top left and right handles inward to slant the text.

  5. Set the layer Opacity to 35% on the shadow text layer.

    Repeat the process you have just learned to create the company name text layer.

    As stated previously, we only need a shadow text layer for the company name and we do not need to make an indentation text layer. Once you have both the company name and shadow layers, merge them into one layer.

    At this point, we are ready to prepare the layered .psd Photoshop file to be imported into Apple Motion for our video project. On import, Motion can maintain the layer hierarchy of our Photoshop file but not the layer styles. So we need to rasterize the layer styles before we save the Photoshop file.

    After merging the company text and its shadow layers, we should have five layers including the Indent, Text, Shadow, Company and background layers. We automatically rasterized the layer styles for the Company layer when we merged that and the shadow layers together. Now we can rasterize the others.

  6. For each layer containing a layer style, right-click and choose Rasterize Layer Style from the menu.

  7. Save this as a .psd Photoshop file.

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