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Editing and formatting text and shapes


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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

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It's one thing to simply create basic text. What you want to do next is format it, adjust its size, and font, its character and line spacing, plus the paragraph alignment and position in the screen. I cover those features in this movie. You might also want to add color, a border, a gradient or a drop shadow. I explain those topics in the following movie, Using styles and templates with text and shapes. Let's start here in this project with a little blue background. I've already got a little title made for this, very simple one. Now you think if you double-click it that would open up the Titling tool, but it doesn't. It opens up this little preview window. So you can't edit it there.
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Nov 04, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface
  • Creating a new project
  • Capturing video
  • Downloading assets and importing media
  • Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
  • Adjusting clip lengths
  • Applying video transitions
  • Working with video effects
  • Animating effects
  • Recording, editing, and mixing audio
  • Titling
  • Automating edits
  • DVD authoring
  • Saving and sharing movies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Editing and formatting text and shapes

It's one thing to simply create basic text. What you want to do next is format it, adjust its size, and font, its character and line spacing, plus the paragraph alignment and position in the screen. I cover those features in this movie. You might also want to add color, a border, a gradient or a drop shadow. I explain those topics in the following movie, Using styles and templates with text and shapes. Let's start here in this project with a little blue background. I've already got a little title made for this, very simple one. Now you think if you double-click it that would open up the Titling tool, but it doesn't. It opens up this little preview window. So you can't edit it there.

The only way you can edit text that you already made is to drag it down to the timeline. It seems like an extra step but that's just the way it is. Then double-click it to open it up and there is the Titling tool ready to go. In this case, the Titling tool started with the blinking cursor at the beginning of the text. Sometimes it just jumps away like this, so it's not selected, but in this case it was selected. We'll go back to the Titling tool and get it selected again by hovering in front. Notice as I get close that little rectangular box disappears telling me that if I click here we are going to be able to edit the text. I will move over bit to head of the word some press Enter or Return to add a character return there.

Go to the end of word text. I am going to add some more text, here we go. Let's see. I want to change the font. To change the font, I go down to list of font that's on my computer, your computer will look different but people these days have tons of fonts. So let's go down and grab something that will be obviously different. This one here, it will be pretty obvious. Let's go to Jokerman. That changes the font for all the text there. If I want to change the size of the font, I can just drag over here on the font size and change the font that way, or I can just type in a number like 100, here you go, drag it down again.

If I want to change the leading, that's the spacing between the lines, I can drag this up and down. Leading comes from the old way of doing type with lead font, here we go. And it's spelled l-e-a-d. And this is the Kerning, which I am going to have to select all the text for the Kerning to work. Let me just take my Type tool, select all the text by dragging it here. The Kerning is the spacing amongst or between the letters. Spread it out, get it in close, something like that.

If I want to justify, or align it, I will click right here to make and that will be done. Select it again, if I want to justify it, it's now justified left, I can center it like that. And justify it right. If I want to justify just one line, it won't work. So I'll take this little Type tool and let's say I want to have this line be centered, you'd think it would do that but it does the whole box. You can't just center part of the text. Over here you've got Bold, and Italic and Underlined. If I want to make something bold, italic, or underlined, I can select words or letters, they will work individually and I can click this guy and make it underlined.

That will make it underlined. Turn that off, make it italic. Some fonts don't allow you to go Italics. Let me go to a font that allows me to be Italic. I am going to click away here, go back to the default font here. There we go, oop, I left that guy in the middle like that. Let's make you default too. There we go. Some fonts don't have Italic or Bold. So let's go back to the default font, and we'll go down here and say, let's make it Bold Italic. It's another way to do it. Since I had selected this one before, you have to just select that one again. Here we go, and you can either click these little guys on and off, or use the little drop-down list.

And the drop-down list shows all of the font characteristics available for that particular font. Some fonts have more, or some fonts have less. Now you probably want to position your text somewhere on the screen. So I am going to click away here, and click on the Selection tool, click inside here and drag this thing around. You can position it manually like that, or you can go Title > Position, you can make a Vertical Center, you go Title > Position > Horizontal Center so that you can get it totally, perfectly centered.

If you want to rotate your text, just hover your cursor outside here and then it turns into this little double-headed arrow. It allows you to rotate your text like so. If you want to adjust the size of the text manually rather than do it over here numerically, you can just grab the corner of the box and drag it out, or drag it in, whatever you like to change the text. And you can drag it down, make it taller. Or drag it to the right, make it wider. Can straighten it out a little there. Here we go.

If you are just totally thrilled with your text, you can save it. So first, we will say we are done, and go back over here the title clip inside your project view. Once that's selected, go File > Export, and your only Export option will be Title. If you click Title you can export a Title and save it has a .prtl file, and you can save this and then in another project, if you have a title that you've used over and over and has all kinds of characteristics to it, then you can go back and get that title and import it as a title, and open it back up in the Titling tool if you care to and do more editing on it.

So what you end up with here might suit you fine, but you can also add color, a border, a gradient, or a drop shadow and I will explain how to do that in the following movie, Using styles and templates with text and shapes.

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