How to Add a Scene Description in Scratch - dummies

How to Add a Scene Description in Scratch

By Derek Breen

When creating a comic in Scratch, you will need to add scene descriptions. Perhaps the most familiar looking tool on the Paint Editor canvas is the Text tool. You will type your description right inside a description box.

  1. Click the Text tool.

  2. Choose a color that contrasts your rectangle. (Choose black.)

  3. Choose a font. (Choose Marker, which looks like comic book text.)

  4. Click inside the top‐left corner of your rectangle.

  5. Type the first line of your scene description.

  6. Click the Return or Enter button on your keyboard to start a new line.

  7. Click outside the text area when you are finished typing.

  8. Click and drag your text into a better position.

  9. Click outside the text window again or select a new tool to finish.

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See why you draw a large rectangle before typing your text? You could use the Erase tool, but use the Select tool to remove large areas of the description box.

After you set your text, you can’t make any changes or corrections. To modify your sentence, you will need to click Undo, retype everything, and then reposition it. If you need to make changes later, you may need to redraw the rectangle and use the Text tool again.

The Select tool is more versatile than the name suggests. Although you can use it to select, move, resize, and rotate parts of your costume, you use it here to delete parts of the rectangle.

  1. Click the Select tool.

  2. Zoom to 100% so that you can see the entire rectangle.

  3. Click and drag across the first part of the rectangle you want to erase.

  4. Release the mouse or trackpad button to finish the selection.

  5. Click the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard.

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Use the same steps to trim the other sides of the rectangle until the margins around your text look right.

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You can go to the Stage and click and drag your description sprite into a better position. Description boxes usually appear at the top or bottom of the comic panel.

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