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How to Make Text Reveal Effect Easily

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Originally published Jan 29, 23, updated Dec 05, 23

Have you ever seen the text reveal led by a subject when moving across the frame? It's one of the most common text-revealing effects in video editing. This technique is often used to add titles or credits to a scene for cinematic vibes and creative effects.

While it may look complicated, it's actually quite easy to create with a video editing program like Filmora. Filmora's masking feature allows users to create impressive and eye-catching text reveals in their videos. For those looking for a tutorial on how to make text reveal, here's a step-by-step guide to help you out.

How to add text reveal effect using Filmora's masking tool

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First, make sure the video clips you are using are clear, with the subject moving across the frame. It will help the text to stand out and be more easily seen. Now, follow the step-by-step guides below:

Step 1 Add video tracks

You will need three video tracks in order to create this effect, so click the (+) icon above the timeline > Add Video Track and add two more video tracks.

add video tracks
Step 2 Import the clip to the timeline

Drag and drop your clip onto the first and third video tracks of the timeline. Then, align them with each other.

import the clip to the timeline
Step 3 Make a cut at the beginning of the text

Find the spot where you want the text reveals to start, then click the scissor icon to make a cut on the clip from the first video track.

make a cut at the beginning of the text
Step 4 Add and adjust the text

Go to Title > Plain Text > select which text styles suit you best. Then, drag the title to the second video track.

add and adjust the text

Double-click on the title clip and type out your text. Then, adjust the text position and align it to the cut you have made.

double-click on the title clip
Step 5 Use the masking tool

Go to Effects >  Utility > Image Mask, then drag and drop it onto the latter half of the top video clip.

use the masking tool

Make more cuts on the top latter clip, frame by frame, starting from the first cut you have made.

make more cuts on the top latter clip

Double-click on each of the smaller clips and find the mask settings.

double-click on each of the smaller clips

Since the subject in this tutorial is moving from side to side, we are going to match the mask's y-axis setting, which is also the revealed text portion, with the subject's movement. Starting from the first clip, adjust the y-axis number to a smaller/bigger number.

adjust the y-axis number

There we go! The final look should look like this:

final look


That is how we can create the text reveal effect using Wondershare Filmora. Using Filmora's masking tool, it's easy to create a text reveal the effect that can add flair and interest to your videos. Just follow the simple steps, and you'll be able to get the desired result with a few clicks of your mouse. Give it a try, and share your thoughts with us.

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Dec 05, 23
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