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Sliding Text

In this tutorial we will create animated sliding text with some useful effects and features which will help you learn some new tricks in Photoshop. This tutorial will be created using Photoshop only, and the resulting file will be a published '.gif' file.

Start off by creating a new Photoshop document, which is a '.psd' file. You may do this by going to 'File > New…' and then filling in the prompting fields as shown in Figure1 below. Use image below as an exact reference to the values which you need to use.

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Once you have created a new document, you are ready to start your design.

Select the 'Horizontal Type Tool' from the 'Toolbox'. View image below as an illustration.

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Once you have the 'Horizontal Type Tool' actively selected, you need to configure the font, size, color, etc of the text which you will be typing. In order to do this, go to 'Window > Character' and view image below as a reference to the values which you need to use.

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You don't have to use these specific values, but I recommend that you follow the tutorial as it is for a first shot, and once you have grasped all the facts and features, you may use your discretion to create your own custom designs.

We will now create a word/phrase on the stage by clicking once with the 'Horizontal Type Tool' at hand, and then typing our desired word/phrase. I have decided to use the word "Tutorial". View imagebelow as an illustration.

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You will notice two red lines in Figure4 above. Both the horizontal and vertical lines are ruler guides. It is a good design practice to make use of these rulers as guides for measurement and placement. You can enable rulers (if they aren't showing) by going to 'View > Rulers' *or by pressing 'Ctrl' + 'R' as a keyboard shortcut. To set rulers you just need to click on the ruler on the side of the window, and then drag the guideline to the specific point where you need it to be.

With your text "Tutorial" created with the specific settings as shown in Figure3 above, and centered on the stage with the use of rulers, you may now decorate your text as you like. I have decided to just use plain black text in this tutorial, but you may use your creativity, intuition and innovation to create something appealing.

Move over to the 'Layers' panel. If the 'Layers' panel is not visible on your workspace, you can make it visible by going to 'Window > Layers' *or simply by pressing 'F7' as a keyboard shortcut. In the 'Layers' panel, you will notice that there is one layer named 'Tutorial'. We need to create a new layer in order to create a background. View image below as an illustration to creating a new layer.

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At the bottom of the 'Layers' panel, you will see a few icons. Click on the small paper icon to create a new layer. *You can also press 'Ctrl' + 'Shift' + 'N' as a keyboard shortcut. Rename this newly created layer as 'background'. You can rename a layer at any time by double-clicking directly on the text/caption of the layer, and then typing the new name at the insertion point.

Click once on the 'background' layer in the 'Layers' panel and drag this layer down below the 'Tutorial' layer. With the 'background' layer actively selected in the 'Layers' panel, press 'D' to reset the 'Color Box' to its default colours, which is Black(#000000) and White(#FFFFFF). Now press 'Shift' + 'F5' to open the 'Fill' dialog. With the fill dialog open, use the following settings as shown in image below and click 'Ok' to apply the settings.

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After you have followed the steps as shown in Figure6 above, your design should look like the following. See image below as a result.

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Move over to the 'Layers' panel. If the 'Layers' panel is not visible on your workspace, you can make it visible by going to 'Window > Layers' *or simply by pressing 'F7' as a keyboard shortcut. You should notice that there is currently one layer situated in the 'Layers' panel, which is named according to the text you typed. In my case it is 'Tutorial'.

This layer will be the final state of the text, and how it will appear after sliding onto the screen with different effects. You need to duplicate this layer. You can duplicate a layer at any time by right-clicking on the layer in the 'Layers' panel and then selecting 'Duplicate Layer…' from the popup menu. *An alternative is by pressing 'Ctrl' + 'J' as a keyboard shortcut. The new layer should be named 'Tutorial Copy'. You may hide the 'Tutorial' layer for now.

Select the 'Tutorial Copy' layer in the 'Layers' panel. Select the 'Rectangular Marquee Tool' from the 'Toolbox'. View image below as an illustration to selecting this tool.

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Right-click on the 'Tutorial Copy' layer in the 'Layers' panel and select 'Raterize Type' in order to convert the text to a graphic for further manipulation. Once you have done that, right-click on the stage with 'Marquee Tool' still at hand and select 'Free Transform' from the menu. Then right-click again and select 'Perspective' from the menu.

You will see a selection around the content of the 'Tutorial Copy' layer. You will click on the top-middle anchor and drag it to the left. View image as an illustration to this step.

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As soon as you have achieved something as shown in Figure9 above, you may double-click the selection to apply the transformation.

Now go to 'Filter > Blur > Motion Blur…'. Use the settings as shown in image below and click 'Ok' once you have specified the exact same settings.

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After you applied the 'Motion Blur' and the 'Free Transformation' to the 'Tutorial Copy' layer, your design should look something like the illustration shown in image below. Do note that the 'Tutorial' layer is still hidden.

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We are now done with the 'Tutorial Copy' layer. All the necessary effects have been applied, and thus you can hide the layer in the 'Layers' panel.

Duplicate the 'Tutorial' layer again in order to create a new layer with the name 'Tutorial Copy2'. Actively select this layer in the 'Layers' panel. Right-click on the 'Tutorial Copy2' layer and select 'Raterize Type' from the context menu. Move over to the 'Toolbox' and select the 'Rectangular Marquee Tool' as you have done earlier in this tutorial. With the 'Marquee Tool' selected right-click on the stage and select 'Free Transform'. A selection will form around the content of the 'Tutorial Copy2' layer. Now right-click again and select 'Perspective'.

You will now click on the top-middle anchor and drag it slightly to the right. This step is more or less like a repetition of what we did with the 'Tutorial Copy' layer, except that all effects will not be so intense. View image below as an illustration to the transformation.

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Once you have something which looks like the illustration in this image, you may double-click the selection to apply the transformation.

With the 'Tutorial Copy2' layer selected in the 'Layers' panel, go to 'Filter > Blur > Motion Blur…' and use 20px as the distance.

Our layers are now ready to be animated. Go to 'Window > Animation' in order to open the 'Animations' panel. When the panel is open, you will notice a small icon/button at the top-right corner. Click that menu button and select 'Make Frames From Layers…'. Once you have done this, your 'Animations' panel should look something like the illustration in image below.

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You may delete the first frame by selecting it, and then clicking on the small trash can icon. Now click on the menu button again, and select 'Select All Frames'. With all the frames selected, move over to the 'Layers' panel and make the 'background' layer visible by clicking on the small eye icon.

Actively select the first frame in the 'Animations' panel. Then click and drag this frame so that it becomes the last frame in the animation. Then select frame1 and click on the small paper icon next to the trash can in order to duplicate that frame.

Select frame1 again, and ensure that you have the 'Tutorial Copy' layer actively selected in the 'Layers' panel. Then hold down both the 'Ctrl' and the 'Shift' keys while pressing the left arrow on your keyboard. This will move the content of frame1 to the left. Keep on pressing the left arrow key until the text has moved off the stage. Now select frame2 and click on the small motion tween icon next to the paper icon. When the 'Tween' dialog appears on your workspace, use the following settings as shown in image below.

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Your animation is nearly done. You may now use your own intuition and discretion to set the timing of the frames. You can make the first tween ease as it moves onto the stage.

And that's it. Go to 'File > Save For Web' *or press 'Alt' + 'Ctrl' + 'Shift' + 'S' as a keyboard shortcut. Then save your file as an animated GIF. You have completed this animation successfully, and may use the effects, features and idea to create more appealing and colorful designs.

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