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The style, shape, and movement of your opening titles can do a lot of set your audience's expectations for the rest of your movie. In this session we're going to look at some of the very cool text animations Adobe has included with Premiere Elements, and we'll look at how to use them to create some pretty dazzling animated title effects. We have a title on our timeline now. You can see it on the titles track, on the timeline here and Quick View. If I go to Expert View, it's going to be up on Video track 3. And to launch the title adjustments area, I can do one of two things: either select the title on the timeline and click on the Adjustments button or simply double-click on the title.
We're in the title adjustments area and under the third tab here are animations. These animations come in a variety of categories, which you can look at simply by clicking on the Category button at the top of the panel. And if you want to preview what the animation looks like, just hover your mouse over the animation until you see a play button. Click on the play button and you can watch the animation. You notice that there are two kinds of animations. There are animations for introducing your titles and then there are sort of outro animations for getting your title offscreen.
You can't apply more than one animation at a time, unfortunately. Let's take a look at one of the categories here. I kind of like the Slide category, and I like SlideinByCharacter, which is this one right here. There are three categories of animations here: one that moves your text in all at once, one that move it in a word at a time, and then a third category that moves your text in one character at a time or out one character at a time. In this case, I'm going to slide in my text one character, or one letter, at a time.
To play animation, all I've got to do is simply click on the text box there or have just my mouse cursor in the text box, and then I select my animation and click Apply. That's it; we are done. Let's go back out and take a look at how it plays. Click on the timeline to close the title adjustments area and return to regular editing mode. We'll move the playhead here to before the title. And then just click on the spacebar in order to play my movie. Let's look at how the animation looks.
(video playing) Didn't look too bad. I think it's a little bit fast. In order to slow down your animation or to speed up your information, all you've got to do is resize your title. So if hover, I mouse over the end of the title here until I get that trim indicator, I can click on the title and drag and make it longer. Now my animation will happen more slowly. Reset the playhead by dragging it before the title. And we'll click on the spacebar to play the movie.
(video playing) Much better. To apply a different text animation or to remove your text animation completely, you just go back to your title adjustments area, and you can do that either by double-clicking on the clip on your timeline or simply selecting it on your timeline and clicking on the Adjust button here on the right side of the interface. We're back. If I want to apply a different animation, all I've got to do is select that animation and click Apply.
Now we've applied SlideInByLine. I go back out, I can watch it. Click on the timeline, reset the playhead, and press spacebar. (video playing) Now, removing a text animation is also very simple to do there in the title adjustments panel. Let's just double-click on this clip. We get back to the title adjustments. I select the text block or just make sure my cursor is in there and then click Remove.
It's gone and now we just have a straight generic title. Then we go back out to the timeline by clicking on the timeline. We're back in normal Edit mode and play through. (video playing) And we've again got a stationary title. Text animations are a lot of fun, and Premiere Elements makes creating them very, very easy. You don't want to overdo them of course, but some lively animated titles can be a real attention grabber and add a nice flourish to your movies and videos.
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