Add glow or drop shadow effects to 3D titles

You can apply standard glow and drop shadow effects to 3D titles just as you would to 2D titles. However, the results always appear in only two dimensions.

Add a glow effect to a 3D title

  1. Select a 3D title in the Timeline.

  2. To open the Inspector pane, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4).

    • Click the Inspector button in the toolbar.

      Inspector button
  3. Click the Text button at the top of the Inspector pane to open the Text inspector.

  4. Select the checkbox to the left of the Glow heading (near the bottom of the Text inspector).

    The checkbox is highlighted blue, and a yellow glow is applied to the title.

  5. Double-click the Glow heading to display parameter controls, and adjust Color, Opacity, and other settings to customize the glow effect.

Note: Adding a glow effect to a 3D title forces the title to be rasterized. When a title is rasterized, it’s converted to a bitmap image.

Add a drop shadow effect to a 3D title

  1. Select a 3D title in the Timeline.

  2. In the Text inspector, select the checkbox to the left of the Drop Shadow heading (near the bottom of the inspector).

    The checkbox is highlighted blue, and a default drop shadow is applied to the title.

  3. Double-click the Drop Shadow heading to display parameter controls, and adjust Color, Opacity, and other settings to customize the drop shadow effect.