Add Titles to Your Movies in iMovie on Your MacBook

You’ll find the Titles Browser in iMovie by clicking the Title button on the Browser toolbar (which bears a big capital T), or by pressing Command+3. You can add a title with a still image, but iMovie also includes everything you need to add basic animated text to your movie.

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Most of the controls you can adjust are the same for each animation style. You can change the font, the size of the text, and the color of the text.

To add a title manually, follow these steps:

  1. Select an animation thumbnail from the Title Browser pane and drag it to the desired spot in the Project pane.

  2. Click a background thumbnail to select a background for your title.

    Note that these are the same backgrounds you’ll see in the Map, Background, and Animatic browser, which I discuss in the next section.

  3. Press Command+T (or choose Text→Show Fonts) to make any changes to the fonts or text attributes.

  4. Click in a text box to type your own line of text.

  5. Click the Play button to preview your title.

    iMovie displays a preview of the effect in the monitor with the settings that you choose.

  6. Click Done.

    The title appears in the Project pane.

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