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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
On-screen text can help you tell your story. You might want to add an opening title screen or closing credits, or perhaps superimposed text - super, as they call it in the TV news business, super someone's name along the lower third of the screen. Or perhaps put a location super that you might along the top third of the screen. Premiere Elements has titling tools that let you do all these things. In this movie, I am going to talk about the basics of the titling tool. In other movies in this chapter I'll raise the bar a bit and talk about some other titling tool features. So we are going to work here in this project with a blue matte on Video 1, because it looks nicer to put titles on top of something blue instead of black, that's all I've done that for.
There are three ways to get to the titling tool. You go to Organize > Project and then you'll see the little New Item menu here and you can click Title. If you go up to the Title menu up here you see there is New Title and you can choose from Still, Roll or Crawl. We talk about Rolls and Crawls in a different movie. But down here is probably the logical way, the most likely way that you'll get into the titling tool. Just clicking on this little T on the lower right corner of the monitor panel to add Default Text. That opens up the titling tool. Let's tour the tool a little bit first. You see there are two rectangular boxes there, the outside box is what's called the action safe zone.
You want any kind of action that goes on inside of your screen to appear inside the action safe zone. If it's out here in the edges some TV sets cut off those parts and you really don't want important things to happen in that little spot. But the most important box here for the titling tool is this inner one, this is the title safe zone and you don't want any text outside of it. If you put graphics outside that's fine, but text outside, it's not going to work very well. Well, this little highlighted box says basically, if you can start typing, you can start adding text. So I am just going to go Here is text, lo and behold.
That's how easy it is to add text. Over here to the right there are some editing and formatting items. We are going to talk about these guys in a separate movie that we call the Editing and Formatting Text and Shapes movie, things like, you know, Italic and Bold, things like that. Over here is this thing called Styles, and if I clicked on this I could change the style of the text, but we'll talk about that in the Using styles with text and shapes movie. Let's talk about adding a different kind of text and that's vertical text. If you go to the titling tool in the Type tool just click on it and kind of hold your mask down for a second. That opens up this menu where you can select Vertical Type tool.
When you put your cursor inside the titling tool area you'll see that turns into this little I beam with little rectangular dotted lines around it. That indicates that if you click here wherever you are you'll add vertical text. If I click here and it says okay start adding text. Here is - and you see it runs off the screen, that's vertical text. Let me undo that. It undid and went back one more step. Let me just kind of put on my text again here just to make sure we got it right. Here is text, here we go, and we'll click away from that to have that get settled in, there you go.
You can also add shapes. Let's just start by adding a rectangle, click on the rectangle icon and just drag and there is a shape. Now, notice that it's white that's the default color because that's the default font over here but you can make it any color you want later. We'll talk about that in another movie. Let's say I want to add an Ellipse, we can do that as well. Let me undo those two things, undo that and undo that. I want to add a circle instead. To add a circle you need to constrain the proportions, and you can do that with a little keyboard modifier.
So click on the Ellipse tool and I am going to hold down the Shift key. When you do that, that constrains the proportions to make sure that it stays a circle, same thing is true for a rectangle. If I click on the Rectangle I want to make a square, hold down the Shift key and we'll make a square. Let me undo those two guys 1, 2. I want to put a circle and center it right on this letter E. Well, to center it you use another key modifier, the Alt key in Windows or the Option key on the Mac. So I am going to click the Ellipse tool, put it right there and by holding down the Alt key that will center it there rather than having me start in a corner.
So hold down the Alt key, hold down the Shift key to make a circle. Let me put a circle right smack dab centered on that spot where you got started. Let me Ctrl+Z to undo that. Now I want to add an image to this title. You can embed an image into a title, it's really cool because it's built into the title such that any time you add it to your project that image is in it. You don't have to worry about adding it again later. So, to add an image just right click anywhere here and say Image > Add Image. We'll go out and we'll see if we can find the Clip Art.
I want to go look for, let's say Nature, and pick this Flower for example, click Open that will add that flower to this particular title. Now it's huge, right? We need to click on that and kind of shrink that little guy down. That would fit into our title. There you go, that will be in our title. I am going to worry about the fact that the text is under it in a moment.
Now I want to add an image inside the text. To do that I click on the Type tool, I hovered over the text. Notice when I am outside the text it's got that little rectangular dotted line around it. But when I go in the text, you see it starts changing and loses that little box. Once that box is lost that means you can now click and it will be selecting some locations in this text. So I've clicked at the very end of the text, so I've opened that little box and I am inside that text. I am going to right click now and say Image > Insert Image into Text, which is a little bit different than just adding it to the whole title. Click that.
We'll click a different flower, click that one. Now, you don't see anything happen yet, but I am going to click away from the text and there it is. It's proportional to your text, it's not too small. Let me do one more thing, and I click on this little Selection tool and select my text. Right now, it's behind the flower, you can bring it to the front by going Title > Arrange > Bring to Front that will put it on top. So that you've created this all, you've laid it out exactly the way you want to lay it out, You need to tell Premiere Elements that you are done and the way you do that is, way over here in the lower right hand corner, the word Done, click on that.
That will close the titling tool and basically open up the monitor panel again. That will put your title right here where the current time indicator was above whatever you have below it there, in this case the blue matte, and there is our title. It adds it to the Project view of your Organize Workspace. So if I want to take this title and put it some place else, for example, I can drag it down to the Timeline and put it here. I can have in two places, so here, the title's there, and there is no title, and then it's back over here. Later if you want to, let's say, reedit the title all you have to do is double click it here.
You can't edit it over here, you need to go down here and double click on it here to open the titling tool again to do any editing. So, you need to edit it from the Timeline, not from the Organize view. So as I think you can see, text can greatly enhance the story you are telling, and the titling tool gives you a plenty of creative latitude.
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