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How to create a karaoke video text using Adobe Photoshop, Image Ready and Windows Movie Maker- make it now!

Updated on July 18, 2012

If you are a karaoke enthusiast but do not have the software to make a karaoke video, here's a step by step guide on how to create karaoke text using Adobe Photoshop and Image Ready.

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop and Image Ready.
  2. Create a new file of the desired dimensions in Photoshop.
  3. You need to pick 3 things now- A background color (or image), the color that your text will initially be (Color 1), and the color that each word will turn to when it has been sung (Color 2).
  4. Fill the background with the selected color/image.
  5. Now you are ready to type the text. Use any font style or size that you prefer. Use Color 1 as font color. Type in such a way so that each word forms a new and separate layer.
  6. Select a layer. Duplicate it using Layer->Duplicate layer. Repeat for each layer.
  7. Make sure the duplicate layer is positioned above the original layer.
  8. Click on the duplicate layer, select the text, and set the font color to Color 2. Repeat for each layer.
  9. In the "Layer" window/tab, click on the "eye button" to hide the layer for each duplicate layer, so that only the original layers with the text in Color 1 are visible.
  10. Switch to Image Ready now. In the "Animation" window/tab, click on "Duplicates Current frame" button.
  11. Click on the new frame in the "Animation" window/tab, and make the duplicate layer for the first word visible.
  12. Click on the new frame in the "Animation" window/tab, and make the duplicate layer for the second word visible. Repeat this till all the duplicate layers are visible.
  13. From the "Animation" tab/window, click on each frame and set the time delay so that it matches the song. (Playing the song in the background may help you do this)
  14. Hit the play button to check if it's working properly and fix any errors.
  15. Save the file. I'd recommended saving it as .gif using File-> Save Optimised as.

Animation window, showing the Time Delay menu
Animation window, showing the Time Delay menu
The image and the Layer window
The image and the Layer window


  • Since it's photo-shop, you get the additional benefit of using tons of photo effects and fonts and colors!
  • You can save the image in a variety of formats, including .gif, which can be easily imported into Windows Movie Maker if you're creating the karaoke video with that.
  • Once you get used to it, the process follows rigid steps.


  • It is pretty time consuming, and can be complicated.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask in comments, I'd be happy to help!

Example: Here is a karaoke video where the text was created using Photoshop and ImageReady


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