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Skinned Mesh Renderer
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Text Mesh

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

You can create a new Text Mesh from Component > Mesh > Text Mesh.

Properties

Property: Function:
TextA non-interactive piece of text to the user. This can be used to provide captions or labels for other GUI controls or to display instructions or other text. More info
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The text that will be rendered
Offset Z How far should the text be offset from the transform.position.z when drawing
Character Size The size of each character (This scales the whole text.)
Line Spacing How much space will be in-between lines of text.
AnchorA UI layout tool that fixes a UI element to a parent element. Anchors are shown as four small triangular handles in the Scene View and anchor information is also shown in the Inspector. More info
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Which point of the text shares the position of the Transform.
Alignment How lines of text are aligned (Left, Right, Center).
Tab Size How much space will be inserted for a tab ‘\t’ character. This is a multiplum of the ‘spacebar’ character offset.
Font Size The size of the font. This can override the size of a dynamic font.
Font Style The renderingThe process of drawing graphics to the screen (or to a render texture). By default, the main camera in Unity renders its view to the screen. More info
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style of the font. The font needs to be marked as dynamic.
Rich Text When selected this will enable tag processing when the text is rendered.
Font The TrueType Font to use when rendering the text.
Color The global color to use when rendering the text.

Details

Text Meshes can be used for rendering road signs, graffiti etc(Ericsson Texture Compression) A block-based texture format that compresses textures to significantly reduce file sizes without causing a noticable reduction in image quality. More info
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. The Text MeshThe main graphics primitive of Unity. Meshes make up a large part of your 3D worlds. Unity supports triangulated or Quadrangulated polygon meshes. Nurbs, Nurms, Subdiv surfaces must be converted to polygons. More info
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places text in the 3D sceneA Scene contains the environments and menus of your game. Think of each unique Scene file as a unique level. In each Scene, you place your environments, obstacles, and decorations, essentially designing and building your game in pieces. More info
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. 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 ViewA view that shows the contents of your Assets folder (Project tab) More info
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  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 assetAny media or data that can be used in your game or Project. An asset may come from a file created outside of Unity, such as a 3D model, an audio file or an image. You can also create some asset types in Unity, such as an Animator Controller, an Audio Mixer or a Render Texture. More info
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’s foldout. If you forget to set the texture then the text in the mesh will appear blocky and misaligned.

Hints

  • You can download free TrueType Fonts from 1001freefonts.com (download the Windows fonts since they contain TrueType Fonts).
  • If you are scripting the Text property, you can add line breaks by inserting the escape character “\n” in your strings.
  • Text meshes can be styled using simple mark-up. See the Styled Text page for more details.
  • Fonts in Unity are rendered by first rendering the font glyphs to a texture map. If the font size is set too small, these font textures will appear blocky. Since TextMesh assets are rendered using quadsA primitive object that resembles a plane but its edges are only one unit long, it uses only 4 vertices, and the surface is oriented in the XY plane of the local coordinate space. More info
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    , it’s possible that if the size of the TextMesh and font texture differ the TextMesh will look wrong.

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Skinned Mesh Renderer
Text Asset