I've contacted a lot a lot of friends and I am scrolling their "best wishes"
over their pic--BUT I cant get the text to show up readable--
I've tried all the different colors---that aint working..
is there a way to put a small box (open for text) that I can overlay
onto the photo? or any small background and the text will be readable?
and once again---thks for this forum..
Mike ---In Wisconsin
However, these may help:
http://www.fenimorephotovideos.com/Vide ... owTips.zip
http://www.fenimorephotovideos.com/fpvp ... _Demos.rar
In addition to Dale's very useful solution, here are some other thoughts/ideas you could consider if you haven't tried them. They sometimes do the trick without the need for the contrasting box underneath the caption.
The font choice can make captions difficult to read. Pick something not too ornate. Make sure it's large enough to see from a distance. I tend to use white most of the time throughout.
Sometimes adding a black shadow on all captions is enough. If that doesn't do it, try a contrasting outline color on the captions. I use black most often for simplicity sake, but I've used other outline colors too but use the same contrasting color throughout for continuity sake. Sometimes bolding a font can help too.
The nice thing about these solutions is the shadow, outline and bold settings can be applied to some or all captions on some or all slides throughout the show with right-click menu choice over those settings. There is no need for unique sizing and positioning anything for each caption which can be time consuming.
Besides needing contrast, a busy image beneath text can make it hard to read captions too. Blurring the image slightly after it's been seen to make the text legible is also an option. While that may not fit in this case, it's can be an effective way to show text.
This 1:30 show demonstrates two different techniques, one at the title slide (5-10 seconds into the show) where a gradient mask was used to reveal the show background lower third (another option) to allow text visibility against the busy image. The second technique was the use of blur on the image behind the text, at the show's end (1:16 seconds).
If these choices fail to solve your problem, then absolutely use Dale's solution.
I am going to try Dale's method when I have more time--But I have a question for Debbie.Where is the black outline tool in that Caption window-- I knew that would help--just couldnt find it.
im42n8 wrote:Unlock the x and y zoom axes and change the zoom to fit your text
If using Dale's gradient/solid solution, pay attention to keyframes, which Dale probably forgot to mention because it's such an automatic consideration for long-time users. Once you set the size and shape in keyframe 1, copy those settings to keyframe 2, and if there are additional keyframes, copy to them, too.
I have a titling set on my site that you might want to take a look at because it uses the translucent underlay technique. You might get further ideas from it: http://www.theframelocker.com/proshow-titling.html
In my defense, I am just getting used to the new interface with PSP 5
I will go outline text now....humbly
right---not under caption "placement". I hardly use some of those settings.
Thats my alibi --and I am sticking to it
For now, good ol OUTLINE tool will work for me.
Thanks , all you wonderful people
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since I discovered the outline tool , a black outline worked perfect.
Thanks for your help
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