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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.
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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