Have text appear as if you are typing.

I hope this is being posted in the right location, but I am needing some help. I am currently working on a project and I want the title to appear as if it is being typed. I have the background sound as a type writer, but can't find the right transition to make this work. Has anyone done this before or have an example that would be willing to share?

Last question. Anyone know of sites for various cut-out characters? I typically go to eLearning brothers, but I am looking for cartoon military characters and objects.

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Simon Seagrave

Hi Brian,

A quick and dirty way of achieving the typed effect that I've used before is to open up MS Word, select my font, size, background colour to match, etc.  and then use SnagIt (or similar) to record only that part of the screen (ie: where the typing occurs).  Then export out that video clip and import it into screen steps and position/overlay it on your slide.

Hope this helps,



Christie Pollick

Hi, Brian -- In addition to Simon's suggestion above, you may also want to check out this thread where others shared examples of how they set this up. And as this is a design-type question, you would also be welcome to post over in the Building Better Courses forum and see what those folks might be able to suggest, as well. Best of luck with your project! :)

jane  not a pain

Hi Brian

This a is a bit late but go to pixabay.com, and type in army or whatever, you can select a filter for images or vectors. There is quite a lot on army etc, some of the vectors are well...ordinary, but you can download the images, and "vectorize" them in Powerpoint/Photoshop.

See: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/?q=army&image_type=&cat=&min_width=&min_height=

There are some amazing photo images, and the site states that you can use all the content under the CC0 domain - "All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required."

You have sign up, but its easy to download the images