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Adding a title graphic

From: Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

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Your movie needs a name, and to announce that name to the world, we need to make what's called a Title Card. In this case, I envision a fairly simple piece of text, put over this nice abstract orange image at the beginning. Let's get that going. Now we have generated our initial title, and I want to type in the title of our piece. Now I want to adjust the style. I often sort of use a hybrid approach here, picking one of these pre-made styles and then tweaking it so it works even better for me.

Adding a title graphic

Your movie needs a name, and to announce that name to the world, we need to make what's called a Title Card. In this case, I envision a fairly simple piece of text, put over this nice abstract orange image at the beginning. Let's get that going. Now we have generated our initial title, and I want to type in the title of our piece. Now I want to adjust the style. I often sort of use a hybrid approach here, picking one of these pre-made styles and then tweaking it so it works even better for me.

I want to find one with a nice drop shadow, because I think that's going to help it stand out over this orange image. That's a bit too much. Okay, I like that drop shadow, but now I'm not happy with the font. So I want to adjust that, something kind of classical, kind of simple, kind of like Times. And then I think I want to go bold. Yeah that's pretty close to what I envision.

Now I want to position it better. Of course, I am staying inside these guide markers, which is what they're there for. Okay, that's the look I want, but the timing down here on the timeline is not right at all, and I want to fix that before I render. I want this to be totally done before I go to the tools. I don't ever want to see this title over that shot. So I want to trim this back. Zoom in to get a bit of a closer look. And I think I want to fade this up and down with dissolves.

Okay, I want to see what I've done here, but no need to render the whole timeline, so I'm gonna shorten up my work area. Do a quick render. (music playing) (Female speaker: My favorite thing in the world--) This is starting to come together. I like how that works. I often find that with graphics-- depending on the complexity and the budget of the piece--I tend to take one or two paths. This path, which is generally based on keeping it simple, using the tools and the pre-built styles but doing a little tweak. Or on larger fancier projects, I find that I generally use a totally different program and sometimes a dedicated artist to make my graphics.

In this case--kind of the simple scenario--I'm very pleased with what we achieved here.

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