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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
OK, so if the borders and the templates and the animating credits, and all the cool stuff that we looked at in the last movie weren't enough for you, you got to check this out, there's even more cool free stuff that ships with Premiere Elements. To access it we need to have a title. So I'm just going to go ahead and click Add default text, and then we get to this area where we edit text, which we have looked at extensively, but there's this little tiny button here that says Add image. I am going to go ahead and click this. Keep in mind this is the bottom left hand corner of the Tasks panel, this tiny little button, that when you hold your mouse over, it says Add image. Click that button and you'll be taken to a folder called Logos.
This folder actually comes with Premiere Elements and installs with Premiere Elements. If I click on the Up folder button to play in this directory, you will see that this is actually the Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 Folder in the Adobe Folder, in your Program Files Folder on your hard drive, and this is where a lot of the goodies are stored that ships with Premiere Elements, such as the DVD templates and the Movie Themes, and some sample files; the ones that we looked at in the first chapter in the beginning of the series. But I'm going to go back here, back to Logos. Now, there are so many logos here, so many extra images that we can use, and you don't have to pay for these, this is just all -- these are all freebies that you can use as you would like.
What I'm going to do is come over here to the View Menu in Windows, click this drop down, and I'm going to click Thumbnails so I could actually see all of these, and look at all of these. That's so awesome. A lot of these you might see as components of themes or templates or whatever, but here you could select them individually to add them to your project. I am actually going to scroll down here, there are many, many, many images to choose from; everything from frames and lower thirds to just Still images like this one. I am going to select groovy_credit.png. As we click on Open- and by the way, you could navigate to anywhere on your hard drive that you have a file.
If you just click this drop down that says Files of type, these are all the different types of files that Premiere Elements will allow you to import as an image, and there's everything from the extremely powerful Photoshop to the very simple and common JPEG file, and holy cow, everything in between as well. So pretty much anything that you can throw at Premiere Elements in a file format, an image file format, that is, you can accept here, and add to your project. But since the focus of this movie is the free stuff that ships with Premiere Elements, we are going to use this included groovy credit file.
Click on Open, and there it goes. I am going to click the Selection arrow, and I could just click this and move this wherever I want. As a matter of fact, I don't even need this text anymore. So I'm going to select it and hit Delete to get rid of it. I only entered this text editing area so I could access the Add Image button, but now that we're here we can play with this. So I'm going to move this maybe a little bit off screen, and then I'm going to hold down the Alt key. Watch this, as I hold down the Alt key, I get this extra little arrow on my cursor. What that means is that if I hold the Alt key down while I am dragging this, I will actually create a duplicate.
Look at that, so now I have two of these groovy credit images here. I could just keep copying, duplicating these, moving them around, and I could scale these; if I grab one of these center points here, or if I put my cursor right outside here, you will see that my cursor turns into this curved double sided arrow. What that means is that I can rotate it like this. So I can just click and drag and rotate this sucker, like so. Maybe move it like this, and now it appears that I have just tons of randomness.
I have just got tons of these little groovy thingies all over the place in my image. If I go back over to the Media button here, you'll see that in my Project View, this has already been added as a still image, so I could use this anywhere, over and over again. So the free Logos are just another way that Premiere Elements gives you to make your project your own. In the next movie of this chapter we're going to look at how to create the ever popular slideshow. Don't miss that one.
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