Convert 2D text to and from 3D

Any title can be converted back and forth between 2D and 3D. Converting a 2D text title to 3D (called extruding) replaces the Face and Outline settings with settings and parameters designed to simulate realistic three-dimensional objects.

Converting a 3D title to 2D text disables those settings and instead enables the Face and Outline settings.

Extrude a 2D title into 3D

  1. Double-click a 2D title clip in the Timeline.

    The title appears in the Viewer, and the text in the first text object in the title clip is selected. To modify a different text object in the same title, select it in the Viewer.

  2. To open the Text inspector, choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4).

  3. In the Text inspector, click the 3D Text checkbox so that it turns blue.

    The Face and Outline sections of the inspector are replaced by the Lighting and Material sections.

Convert 3D text to 2D

  1. Double-click a 3D title clip in the Timeline.

    The title appears in the Viewer, and the text in the first text object in the title clip is selected. To modify a different text object in the same title, select it in the Viewer.

  2. To open the Text inspector, choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4).

  3. In the Text inspector, click the blue 3D Text checkbox to deselect it.

    The Lighting and Material sections of the inspector are replaced by the Face and Outline sections.