Apply preset text styles

Final Cut Pro comes with preset text styles (in 2D and 3D) that you can apply to text. A text style is a group of style settings. You can also create your own custom text styles and save them as presets. You apply preset text styles using the pop-up menu at the top of the Text inspector.

Pop-up menu in the Text inspector

Apply preset text styles to titles

  1. Double-click a 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.

  2. Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4), and click the Text button at the top of the pane that appears.

  3. Click the pop-up menu at the top of the Text inspector and choose 2D Styles or 3D Styles.

    Pop-up menu in the Text inspector.
  4. Choose a text style from the submenu that appears.

    Preset text styles pop-up menu showing various text presets

    The text style is applied to the selected text.

Save and apply custom text styles

  1. Double-click a 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.

  2. Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4), and click the Text button at the top of the pane that appears.

  3. Make any custom changes to the font or style in the Text inspector.

    For more information, see “Modify a title’s text style” in Adjust titles.

  4. In the pop-up menu at the top of the Text inspector, choose one of the following:

    • Save Format Attributes: Saves basic font controls, including font, size, alignment, tracking, and line spacing.

    • Save Style Attributes: Saves effects such as text color, outline color, glow, drop shadow, and so on.

    • Save All Format + Style Attributes: Saves both format attributes and style attributes.

  5. In the Save Preset to Library window, type a name for your new custom preset.

    The custom text style is saved and appears in alphabetical order in the pop-up menu at the top of the Text inspector.

    Pop-up menu in the Text inspector.
  6. To apply the new preset to another title, select the title in the Timeline and choose the preset from the pop-up menu at the top of the Text inspector.

Organize your saved custom text styles

  1. In the Finder, hold down the Option key and choose Go > Library.

  2. Navigate to /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Motion/Library/Text Styles/.

    The Text Styles folder contains the custom text styles you’ve created. Each text style has two files: a .molo file and a .png file that is the preview of the text style.

  3. Create one or more folders and drag the corresponding .molo files and .png files to those folders.

    The folders will appear as categories in the preset text style pop-up menu the next time you open Final Cut Pro.