Text Mesh

The Text Mesh generates 3D geometry that displays text strings.

The Text Mesh Inspector

You can create a new Text Mesh from GameObject->Create Other->3D Text.


TextThe text that will be rendered
Offset ZHow far should the text be offset from the transform.position.z when drawing
Character SizeThe size of each character (This scales the whole text)
Line SpacingHow much space will be in-between lines of text.
AnchorWhich point of the text shares the position of the Transform.
AlignmentHow lines of text are aligned (Left, Right, Center).
Tab SizeHow much space will be inserted for a tab '\t' character. This is a multiplum of the 'spacebar' character offset.
FontThe TrueType Font to use when rendering the text.


Text Meshes can be used for rendering road signs, graffiti etc. The Text Mesh places text in the 3D scene. To make generic 2D text for GUIs, use a GUI Text component instead.

Follow these steps to create a Text Mesh with a custom Font:

  1. Import a font by dragging a TrueType Font - a .ttf file - from the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (OS X) into the Project View.
  2. Select the imported font in the Project View.
  3. Choose GameObject->Create Other->3D Text.

You have now created a text mesh with your custom TrueType Font. You can scale the text and move it around using the Scene View's Transform controls.

Note: If you want to change the font for a Text Mesh, need to set the component's font property and also set the texture of the font material to the correct font texture. This texture can be located using the font asset's foldout. If you forget to set the texture then the text in the mesh will appear blocky and misaligned.


Page last updated: 2013-07-12