Once created and installed in FontBook, the font is available to be applied to a text layer in Motion. Since I assigned each graphic to the first 4 letters of the alphabet, all I need to do is to select the Text tool, select the custom font in the Heads Up Display, then click and type “ABCD” in the Canvas. [Then] we need to rebuild the logo by moving each part to the right location and making it the right size. I imported a copy of the original logo as a reference, then I use the Adjust Item tool (only available when a text layer is selected) to move, rotate and scale each glyph independently. Once the logo is assembled, I enable 3D text in the Inspector, and have some fun choosing materials, lighting, depth, and more. And by adding a camera I can quickly create a dramatic framing.And that's really it! Instead of having to use individual layers for each element of your logo, and manipulating/animating each one individually, you can save tons of time by having Motion treat the logo as a single text layer. This also means you can take advantage of Motion's cool Sequence Text behavior and use the nifty presets that come along with it.
Now, in an ideal world, Motion would have this functionality built into it so that wasn't necessary to trick the software into treating objects as 3D text. This may happen soon to match After Effects' improved 3D workflow. Regardless, it's still a very cool hack that can potentially save you a lot of time and energy.[via Pro Video Coalition]