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Hour 11. 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 them up on your own with a little help from the Animation Shop online help system.

Just to get you started, Figures 11.11 and 11.12 show how I made the two bottom animations shown in Figure 11.10. One uses the Image Transitions feature (Effects, Insert Image Transition) 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 Text Transitions (Effects, Insert Text Effect) to scroll the words NO SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION smoothly across a white background. This didn't require any images at all because the text transition effects generate their own pictures of the text as they do their magic.


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