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Hour 12. Creating Animated Graphics > Generating Transitions and Text Effects

Generating Transitions and Text Effects

Animation Shop (like some other GIF animation programs) can do much more than just collect multiple GIF images into a single animation file. It can also generate some impressive special effects and even create scrolling text banners all by itself. There's not room in this book to explain in detail how to use these features, but they're easy enough that you can probably pick it up on your own with a little help from the Animation Shop online help system.

Just to get you started, Figures 12.11 and 12.12 show how I made the two bottom animations shown in Figure 12.10. One uses the Effects, Image Transitions feature to dissolve between a picture of the word ATTENTION and a picture of the word WARNING. (I made these two pictures in Paint Shop Pro ahead of time.) The other uses Effects, Text Transitions to scroll the words NO SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION PLEASE smoothly across a white background. This didn't require any images at all, since the text transition effects generate their own pictures of the text as they do their magic.


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