The ability to produce a simple animation is a useful but often ignored feature in Photoshop. In this tutorial, Aaron Nace of Phlearn takes you through the process of producing a basic video in Photoshop by having text fade in on an image.
Whether you are looking for an inspirational quote to post to your Instagram feed, or want to create a simple marketing piece for your website or social media, Nace demonstrates how easy it is to create an eye-catching animation using a single still image and text. He goes through how to add and scale text over the image, and how to make white text stand out by overlaying it on a black fill layer set to low opacity.
By creating a video timeline, the timing of when the individual layers appear in the animation can be controlled. Nace shows how to add a fade effect and adjust its duration when layers appear. He concludes the tutorial by showing how to export the finished video to a format optimized for Instagram.
The ability to create simple videos is becoming more and more relevant, as a moving image will capture attention more effectively than a single still image. Having the ability to create these animations directly in Photoshop is convenient and worth trying out if you’ve never explored this feature before.