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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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