Distress controls

Use the Distress controls, in the Material section of the 3D Text section of the Text inspector, to modify the effect of adding a degree of wear or degradation to the surface of the 3D title.

3D titles in the Viewer with and without distress layer

Depending on the option you choose in the Distress pop-up menu, different parameter controls become available.

  • Distress: A pop-up to choose a distress type: Scratches, Stains, Dirt, Dents, Wavy, Bumps, Perforated, Wrinkles, or Custom Bumps.

    3D Text Inspector showing Distress pop-up menu

When Distress is set to Scratches

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a scratch pattern.

  • Depth: A slider to adjust the apparent depth of the scratches.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the scratch pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Stains

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a stain pattern.

  • Opacity: A slider to adjust the transparency of the stain pattern.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the stain pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Dirt

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a dirt pattern.

  • Opacity: A slider to adjust the transparency of the dirt pattern.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the dirt pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Dents

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a dent pattern.

  • Depth: A slider to adjust the apparent depth of the dents in the 3D title.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the dent pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Wavy

  • Depth: A slider to adjust the apparent depth of the wave pattern.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the wave pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Bumps

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a bump pattern.

  • Depth: A slider to adjust the apparent depth of the bump pattern.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the bump pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Perforated

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a perforation pattern.

  • Depth: A slider to adjust the apparent depth of the perforation pattern.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the perforation pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Wrinkles

  • Type: A pop-up menu to choose a wrinkle pattern.

  • Depth: A slider to adjust the apparent depth of the wrinkles.

  • Placement: A group of controls (available when you click the disclosure triangle) to set how the wrinkle pattern is applied to the text object. For details, see Placement controls.

When Distress is set to Custom Bumps

Note: The Custom Bumps distress type is available in a limited set of preset materials that use a built-in image as a bump map. For example, the Scales preset in the Miscellaneous category uses the Custom Bumps distress type. For details about custom bump maps, see Motion Help.

  • Bump Map Gain: A slider to increase or decrease the contrast of the bump map image, giving the effect of larger or smaller bumps.

  • Blend Mode: A pop-up menu to choose how multiple bump layers interact with each other. Choose one of two options:

    • Add: Uses a mathematical add operation, allowing the lighter areas of each layer to shine through.

    • Replace: Causes the topmost layer to appear wherever it overlaps with layers below it.