Apply a preset material to a 3D title

The quickest way to give your 3D title a naturalistic texture is to apply one of the preset materials built into Final Cut Pro.

Below are some examples of the many preset 3D materials available in Final Cut Pro:

Viewer showing four versions of a 3D title, with different preset materials applied

Apply a preset material to a 3D title

  1. Add a 3D title to your project.

  2. Double-click the 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.

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

  4. In the Material section of the 3D Text section, click the preview thumbnail.

    A pop-up menu showing the material presets categories appears.

    3D Text section of Text inspector, showing Material pop-up menu
  5. Choose a material category from the pop-up menu, then choose a preset from the submenu.

    3D Text section of Text inspector, showing Material pop-up menu and Plastic submenu

    The preset 3D material is applied to the text object.

You can modify any of the preset materials or add new material layers to create custom textures. See Modify material layers and Add, remove, or rearrange material layers.