Text Mesh
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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: you need to change both the Font and the material of the GUIText component so you can see the right font, if you dont do it, your text mesh is going to look weird.


Page last updated: 2009-10-22