Apply materials to different facets

By default, applying a material to a 3D title causes all facets of the text to display the same material. But a 3D title can also display different materials on its different facets. For example, you can apply car paint to the front facet and a shiny metal appearance to the side facet. You can even apply a different material to the edges (the border between the face or the back and the sides).

Viewer showing the three different facets of a 3D title

If the same material is applied to more than one facet, you can modify the facets’ settings simultaneously to ensure the settings remain consistent. You can also link facets together so that they remain identical.

Apply a material to a specific facet of 3D text

  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. In the Material section of the 3D Text section, click the Material pop-up menu and choose Multiple.

    Five preview thumbnails appear, representing the five facets of 3D text: Front, Front Edge, Side, Back Edge, and Back.

    Material section of Text inspector showing preview thumbnails for front, front edge, side, back edge, and back facets
  5. Do any of the following:

    • To apply a preset material to a facet: Click a preview thumbnail for any facet, then choose a new preset material from the pop-up menu.

    • To apply a custom material to a facet: Click the name of a facet to show its material layers, then adjust those material layers or add new ones.

      For more information, see Modify material layers.

    The facet is updated to display the new material—both in your 3D title in the Viewer and in the Material preview thumbnail in the Text inspector.

Apply a material to multiple facets simultaneously

  1. Select a 3D title in the Timeline.

  2. In the Material section of the 3D Text section of the Text inspector, click the Material pop-up menu and choose Multiple.

    Five preview thumbnails appear, representing the five facets of 3D text: Front, Front Edge, Side, Back Edge, and Back.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Click the link icons of the facets you want to modify.

    • Shift-click the names of the facets you want to modify.

    Material section of Text inspector showing multiple preview thumbnails with link controls below

    The selected facets are highlighted in blue.

  4. Click the preview thumbnail for any of the highlighted facets, then choose a new preset material from the pop-up menu.

    The facets are updated to display the new material—both in your 3D title in the Viewer and in the preview thumbnails in the inspector. The facets are also automatically linked together so that further changes to any of them affect all of them.

    Material section of Text inspector showing three selected preview thumbnails with one material and two thumbnails with a different material

Link facets together

You can link two or more facets together so that changes made to one of them are automatically applied to the others.

  1. With a 3D title selected in the Timeline and the Material pop-up menu in the Text inspector set to Multiple, Shift-click the names of two or more facets you want to link.

  2. Click the broken link icon on one of the selected facets.

    The selected facets are linked and display blue active link icons .

    Material section of Text inspector showing two selected facets, with blue link icons below indicating that facets are linked
  3. To add another facet to the group, click its broken link icon.

    The additional facet is linked to the group. Now when you select any facet in the linked group, all linked facets are highlighted. Changes made to any of the highlighted facets are automatically made to all other facets in the linked group.

Unlink facets

You can remove a facet from a linked group.

  • Click the link icon for the facet you want to unlink.

    The facet is deselected and removed from the group.

Revert from multiple facets to a single facet

  • In the Material section of the 3D Text section of the Text inspector, click the Material pop-up menu and choose Single.

    The five preview thumbnails are replaced by a single preview thumbnail, and all facets revert to the material that was applied to the selected facet. Any modifications you made to materials on other facets are permanently discarded.