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Create Star Wars Movie Credits in PowerPoint

Updated on October 12, 2010

This hub will explain how to create the scrolling text credits from the Star Wars movies in your PowerPoint presentation. To create the Star Wars credits we will use different animation effects simultaneously.

Insert the Text

Before we apply any animation we need to insert a text box with the text we want to use.

1. Click Insert on the Ribbon and click Text Box

2. Click on the slide to place the text box

3. Type the text you want to use for the credits

The text box should now be positioned centrally and just off the bottom of the slide.

1. Select the text box

2. Click the Center button in the Paragraph group of the Home tab to centre the text within the box

3. Click the Arrange button in the Drawing group on the Home tab, select Align and then Align Center. This will align the text box in the centre of the slide

Now click and drag the text box down the screen and place it just off the bottom of the slide. Hold down the Shift key whilst dragging to keep in aligned centrally

Add the Scrolling Effect

With the text centralised, the next step will be to create the scrolling effect across the slide. To do this we will use Motion Paths in PowerPoint.

1. Select the text box

2. Click the Animations tab on the Ribbon

3. Click the Custom Animation button in the Animations group

4. Click the Add Effect button, select Motion Paths and click the Up effect

5. Click and drag the red arrow up to the top of the slide to set the end point of the scrolling

Set the Speed of the motion to Very Slow

Motion Path in PowerPoint to create the scrolling Star Wars credits effect
Motion Path in PowerPoint to create the scrolling Star Wars credits effect

Shrink the Text

A Shrink effect should be applied to the text so that it gets smaller as it moves into the distance of the galaxy.

1. Select the text box

2. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the Add Effect button

3. Select Emphasis and click the Glow/Shrink effect

Set the Start to With Previous, the Size to 50% and the Speed to Very Slow for the effect

Shrink effect settings
Shrink effect settings

Fade the Text into the Distance

The final step of the animations will be to apply a Fade effect.

1. Select the text box

2. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the Add Effect button

3. Select Exit, More Effects and click the Fade effect

4. Set the Start to With Previous and the Speed to Very Slow

View your presentation in a slide show and start your Star Wars credits by clicking the mouse button.

Find more Microsoft PowerPoint training guides and tips.

Settings for the Fade effect
Settings for the Fade effect

Add a Star Wars Background

To make the slide even more like the movie, you could apply a background to your slide of the stars and the universe.

Great backgrounds can be found all over the web such as the one at Presentation Magazine

Star Wars Movie Credits Video Tutorial


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    • Nickysamethy profile image


      8 years ago from Ipswich, Suffolk

      Wow I'm using this for my next presentation! Cheers :-)

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Very clear and helpful, thank you!


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