Adding Text to Animations

You have a cute animation that you want to add text to. No problem using PSP and its built in Animation Shop.

Open Paint Shop Pro.

Open a new image in paint shop pro, roughly the size that you need to put the text in on the animated graphic. Just estimate now. It's ok if you're too large. You can always resize later.

In this new image, Type in the text in the font of your choice, color of your choice, and apply any effects you would like to. Sandee's kitty in the pool used in this tutorial, needed some text. She wanted to use the kitty for a count down till the end of school. The text I used is shown below:

In the top menu, click Edit > Copy. Open Animation Shop. In the top menu of Animation shop, click Edit > Paste > as new animation.

Open up the animated gif file that you want to add this text to. Move the slide bar (white arrow) all the way to the right on the animated gif, so that you can see how many frames the gif has. Sandee's kitty has three frames.

Now is a good time to resize your text if you need to. If so, click on your text image again to activate the image. Then in top menu, click Animation > Resize and choose appropriate percentage to resize.

Click on the text image to activate it again. The title bar should be blue.

In top menu click Edit > Duplicate Selected. Now you will have 2 frames. If you need more than 2 frames, click on the last frame, and then repeat the last step. Repeat until you have the same number of frames in your text as you do in your animated gif.

In top menu, click Edit > Select All. Remember you are selecting all the text frames!!

In top menu, click Edit > Copy. Now click on the animated gif graphic to activate it (title bar should be blue).

In top menu, click Edit > Select All. In top menu, click Edit > Paste > Into Selected Frame. When you do this, the words will appear in the first frame, and you drag them into position.

Once into position, click and the words will appear in that position in ALL frames.

Adjust Frame properties as necessary and save! Here is my finished graphic: