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This tutorial assumes you are already familiar with the concepts discussed in the Basic Editing in iMovie tutorial.

Start with video already on your Timeline.

Click “Titles” listed at the top left half of the screen.

Imovie titles

This will open up the Titles Browser where you can browse the various pre-made title sequences available in iMovie. Run your cursor over the thumbnail of a Title to see a preview of what the Title will look like when applied to your movie.

Imovie titles

To add the text to your video, simply drag and drop it where you want it in your video.

Drag and drop text

To make it longer or shorter, drag the right or left edges of the purple text bar. Make sure the text will be on screen long enough for someone to read it.

Making text longer

If you do not want anything behind the text you can simply drop it into the timeline at the end or between clips.

Dropping text

Or if you want a background that is not one of your own video clips or photos, first click on “Backgrounds” at the top of the screen.

Adding different background

Then drag in a background of your choice and then drag your title choice on top of your background.

Dragging title
Dragging title

When you first bring in your text, some or all of it will be highlighted in the viewer to be edited. Type in what you want it to say and double click or highlight the other text fields that you may need to change.

Highlighting of title

To then adjust the font, size, and color or the text, first click on the “T” icon above the viewer window. This brings up the text options that you can adjust.

How to adjust font

Click the check symbol on the right side of the text options when you are done.

Adjusting title color

To make further adjustments to your text at anytime, simply click on the purple text bar.