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Creating titles from scratch

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Video: Creating titles from scratch

You will probably want to add text to your projects. That might be an opening title screen or closing credits or perhaps a super as they call it in the TV news business, the name of somebody along the lower third of the screen or perhaps a location super that you might put along the top third of the screen. Well Premiere Elements has a Title tool to let you do all of those things you can now follow along with this project by opening 10-creating-titles. When you open that you will see a gradient along the screen of a long, still material that I have stretched out 10 seconds. This is the gradient I created with the Title tool and I'll show you how to do that later. To create a title there, three ways to open up the Title tool but I usually use this one here by clicking that button the Add default text.

Creating titles from scratch

You will probably want to add text to your projects. That might be an opening title screen or closing credits or perhaps a super as they call it in the TV news business, the name of somebody along the lower third of the screen or perhaps a location super that you might put along the top third of the screen. Well Premiere Elements has a Title tool to let you do all of those things you can now follow along with this project by opening 10-creating-titles. When you open that you will see a gradient along the screen of a long, still material that I have stretched out 10 seconds. This is the gradient I created with the Title tool and I'll show you how to do that later. To create a title there, three ways to open up the Title tool but I usually use this one here by clicking that button the Add default text.

But there are two other ways. You go to File > New > Title or you can go to the Edit > Project, this little icon here says New Item. And one of the new items is the Title. Let's go to this the standard way down here. When you do that, it puts this little Add Text box in the window and puts on these so-called safe margins. This is the title safe margin on the inside. This is where you want to put your text inside this area so that it seen cleanly on an NTSC American or Japanese standard television sets. Sometimes the sets cut off the edges. So this is the Title Safe Margin. The outside one is called Action Safe Margin. This is what you use if you want to make sure the action is viewable in an NTSC television screen.

Anyway this little box opens up and you can start typing right away, whatever you type will be replaced there. Here is text. You are not limited to that particular white font and that particular font which is called the Adobe Caslon Pro. You can use any font that is stored on your computer and you can see those fonts by clicking this down arrow here and there are all those fonts. I can pick a different font. Let's say Blackoak Std. It will be much bigger. How can I deal with that? Well I can click this little Selection tool here. If I click this Selection tool down here, it has no effect. I can't use it inside here, but I click this Text Selection tool, then I can drag this guy around and go like in center. It's still oops it didn't do whole thing. It did only what was visible and I see here like, I'm going to fix this.

This is the font size over here the Text Size. You can change that. Here we can compress text by using Kerning, and that actually slides text closer to each other, kind of compresses it. You can also take this text box and slide it but it doesn't actually put text on top of each other like this particular tool does the Kerning tool. So let's drag it over there and I'm going to select that last little bit of text there by clicking the Text tool, dragging inside there, selecting it. And I want that to have the same particular font and now I get everybody to same row and the same plate take the little Selection tool get it centered. Now I want to have a second line of text line of text so. To do that I need to put the Text Selection marker right there. So I get that little insertion point click it there, and now I click on Enter or Return. I can continue writing, here is more. No, that went off the side of the screen, and we go back. Hit enter again. Now I got three lines of text. It's not centered and I think I might want to center it. So we got the text alignment tools here. Typical text alignment tool, right? Now it's aligned left, I can align it center, align it right.

Let's keep in the center now. If I want to center it on the screen itself this is now a box and the box can be centered on the screen. I can click these alignment tools the Vertical Center and center it Horizontally. So I have got it totally centered it if I want to do it that way, of course like always grab the Selection tool and drag it up or down the screen as I choose. Notice that's inside the title safe boundary area. Now if we are going from there, you can change the font, you saw that already, but you can change what's called the style. The Default Style is this white text with nothing else applied to it. Take a look on these guides you have all these different possibilities here. And anything inside the box will be changed you don't have to select the text itself to use these styles. So the style down here that I really like it's kind of cool.

And once you do that sometime the Text Size changes so you can just drag the boxes or use these guys to make changes. There you go. Once you add a style you can change the Stroke that's the characteristic outside here and you can change other characteristic by clicking this little palette here. The palette is to change the Fill, which is the color inside it. The Stroke that's the color outside it and you can have a Drop Shadow.

So this is how you do make those changes. If you clicked on Fill, that will change the inside color. Notice if I click on Fill it has a Gradient inside it. It's a 4 Color Gradient you can see that it's kind of light orange over here and dark orange over there and the dark orange over there. I'm going to right now in the corner, it does give white down in the edge you can see that the Gradient. I can change that let's say lower right hand gradient color to some other obvious color by clicking this box and selecting your color up here. So I make it really obviously, so you can see the difference. See its turn red there. I can change this guy by changing this color as a blue. You can see that turns blue right away.

If I don't wanted to be a 4 Color Gradient I can change to anyone of these other kinds of Fills the Solid color fill, a Linear Gradient meaning left or right or top to bottom probably you want to do it. So that's the Fill then there is a thing called Stroke when you click on this then you make any color changes. It will change the color of the Stroke. That's the color around the outside and the color around the outside can also be a Gradient or a Bevel or Solid color. If I go to Solid colors orange then I can go back to let's say even a 4-Color Gradient for the stroke, pretty amazing what it can do. So much to the text. Like so.

Let me see you can also have this Drop Shadow. The Drop Shadow line here indicates the direction the shadow will fall. See how it goes around the text. I like Drop Shadows to go down into the right or go down into the left. I guess I'll down into the right kind of guy so that's where I'm going to put it. Like I can make it go farther away, and I can soften it or make it exactly like the text however you want to make the Drop Shadow fall. So that's basically how you change the text. These three things over the side you will basically say I want no stroke. I can go back to adding a stroke again like this or I can say I want No Fill. It's transparent now. These things will allow you to add just white or just black. I'll go back to the color and if you want to pick a color you can use the color picker instead of this little eyedropper tool to pick a color. Let's say from one of your shots, rather than use the color from the color picker.

So that's basically the way that you create text, apply styles to text, change Text Size and change Text Font. One more thing I want to show is how you make geometric shapes. Let me go and create a new title. I'm going to move off this title so it doesn't get confused by any one title on top of another. Click the Title tool again. This time I want to click one of these geometric shapes, but first of all I want to get rid of this. Otherwise we will have a shape on top of that so I'm choosing the Selection tool, click here and delete it. Now I click the Shape tool like this and typically a rounded rectangle is a great thing to put at the bottom of the screen as you can put a text title over the top of that.

So there I click that again. I can click on this little artistic palette and I can add some color to that, but you notice that the Fill and Stroke are not highlighted. That's because the default text style, be it a text or a geometric shape, is that and that has no stroke or fill. So if you pick one of these guys then you open up this palette again and now Stroke and Fill will be available as options but only until you pick a Style beside the default style will those guys be available. So that's basically how you make text and geometric shapes and adjust them.

We'll get into how you can put text into motion in another tutorial.

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

44 video lessons · 4899 viewers

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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