Make A Video With Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop can be used to create two-dimensional animated video effects, even though it was designed as a software tool for still image enhancement and effects creation. If you have the time and patience, you can create multiple still image frames in Photoshop that are converted to a video sequence when opened in video editing software. This guide will show you create a short animation of text appearing to be typed on-screen using Photoshop Creative Suite 4 (CS4).


1. Open Photoshop. Select black for the background color by clicking on the Set Background Color icon in the Tools window and choosing black in the Color Picker dialogue box that pops up.

2. Create a new file by selecting “File” then “New” from the menu.

3. Select “Film & Video” from the Preset pull-down menu.

4. Select “HDTV 1080p/29.97” from the Size pull-down menu.

5. Select “Background Color” from the Background Contents pull-down menu in the New dialogue box. Click “OK” to continue.

6. Note the frame display. Photoshop includes guides that appear as cyan-colored lines to indicate boundaries of the video frame. The guides are your “safe cutoff” edge, indicating the point where some monitors may crop the image.

7. Select the Horizontal Type Tool by pressing the “T” key. From the Text Properties menu that appears beneath the main menu, choose a bold font style and a font size of at least 150 points. Change the text color to yellow using the Text Properties color palette.

8. Open a text window by dragging your mouse with the type tool selected to form a rectangle on the image canvas so that the edges of the text window reach the edges of the cutoff guides. Make sure the type alignment is set to “Left align text” using the icon in the Text Properties menu.

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9. Type the first letter representing the first frame of our video. You will animate the text line by typing some sample text one letter at a time, saving each frame as a unique image to your hard drive. For this example, use the text “Big News.” Begin the line by typing “B.”

10. Select “File” then “Save As” from the menu. Select a folder on your hard drive and enter “bignews_frame_01.tif” for the file name. Use the default TIF settings, and click “OK.”

11. Place your text tool cursor immediately to the right of the “B,” and click to re-open the text window. Now enter a lower case “i.” Save this image as “bignews_frame_02.tif” as you did in the previous step. Repeat until you spell out “Big News” and have saved individual frames for each letter added. Be sure to change the file names by incrementally counting up one digit for each saved frame.

12. Import the saved TIF files into video editing software. Place the files in sequence on the editing timeline, and encode the short video clip. The text will appear as though typed on, letter by letter.