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Lesson 4. Using Templates

Lesson 4. Using Templates

Lesson Files APTS_Motion > Lessons > Lesson04
Time This lesson takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Goals Create a composite using a standard Motion template
  Work with template elements
  Create a custom template


Stripping the postproduction industry down to its most basic, you'll find there are two kinds of gigs: the ones that pay well and the ones that don't. (There are also the ones fueled by your life passion, but they usually lead to mortgaging your house, driving your marriage to the breaking point, and developing severe dissociative disorders, so let's ignore them for the sake of simplicity.) For the ones that don't pay well, it's a struggle to find the time or energy to build a motion graphics composite with any degree of style or sophistication. On the other hand, the work going out the door has your name on it and acts as a calling card for other potential clients who might see it. What's an impoverished designer to do?

The answer is templates. Templates allow you to quickly throw together a polished design simply by dragging and dropping custom footage into a prebuilt composite. Change a couple of titles and voilà!—an instant masterpiece. You can create your own templates or use the ones that ship with Motion. Either way, templates let you generate a stylish product for the thrifty client without breaking a sweat. That way you can spend more time on those multimillion-dollar contracts you've been meaning to get around to.

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