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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.
If you want to jazz up your text a little bit you can apply and then customize a style or use a full title template. I show you how to do all of the above in this movie. Let's work with the title that we had in the previous movie, although I have edited it a little bit. Remember to open it up you've got to go down to the Timeline and double-click it here. You can't double-click it up here so I have added it down here and double-click it, that opens up the Title tool. I'm going to select this text, I can click on the Selection tool and just select all that text. And now I'm going to open up this little tool here called Color Properties.
It's in this little floating dialog box, drag it out of the way a bit. Now there a few things you can do here and there's one thing you can't do. And the one thing you can't do is you can't add a stroke. Only way you can work with a stroke is if you select a style over here that has a stroke in it, but I want to take this sort of difficult route first and then we'll take the easier route later. First thing you can do is add a fill, so I'll click on Fill and then just change the color. Pick a color you like, right. Simple enough, if I pick blue it's going to disappear so I will take a thing like red, you can move this guy around.
These little options here tell you that you can have invisible font, which is actually kind of cool if you have a border around your font. You can make the inside invisible just have the border show up, but here it's all invisible because there is no border. Make it all white, make it all black, or pick a color, whatever you like. So we'll pick with, go with the red guy and then make it kind of reddish, there we go, there we go. Now if I want to add a stroke I would normally click here but I can't, because you have to have a stroke to begin with so that's one little drawback. If I want the color inside here to be a gradient you can select the Gradient from this little drop-down list. A gradient means the color changes over the extent of the text.
A Linear Gradient goes from left to right, but we'll do a 4 Color Gradient just to show you how that works. And know that it switches everybody to white, kind of defaults back to white. And each of these little boxes is called a color stop. If you click on the first color stop that makes it active and then you can pick a color for that color stop and notice how the color shows up already over here. Make it a little darker red so you can see it. Some artists is going to grimace when they see what I am going to make here, but we'll do the best we can. Click on another color stop and pick some other color that's really obviously different. So now we've got two colors across the top of each letter, red and purple, click something down here, maybe yellow, whee, but at least you know what I'm doing.
And I'll click this guy and click go blue I guess, well that's going to blend in the background, I'll go green. There we go. That's the 4 Color Gradient, you can always make a 4 Color Gradient, all being done manually. If you want to add a Drop Shadow click the Drop Shadow box and that adds a drop shadow automatically, but you can change the Distance, the drop shadow makes it look like it's farther away. You can make it a little softer, so it's not quite so emphatic, right, and you can change the Angle over if you want to have it rotate around here. I am going to go back to this Angle of 1 here and see what that does.
Do that again, Angle of 1, let's make that a 180. 1-8-0, tab out of that, there we go, makes it right below the bottom, or make it 135. 1-3-5, there we go, makes it kind off, lower down to the right. So that's the way you can add color, the fill as it's called. All right you can use a Gradient if you want, and a Drop Shadow. Let me to click OK. Now if I really like that I can then save that style. I can click Save Style and call that whatever I want to call it and that will show up in my styles here as an additional style.
I'll call that Jeff's awful color. I'll say that and now if I scroll down all the styles here, there is Jeff's awful color added to the whole group of styles. Let me go back up here though and let's pick a style that we can actually kind of do some more stuff with. All the styles here have a border, with the exception certainly of the first one. So we'll pick something with a border here, like this one. Let me just check and see if that has a border and I'll click over here. OOp! Oh well, picked the wrong one. Let's pick one that has the border like this one, is this a border? Oh, that looks like a border to me. Let's check this guy and see what it says. There we go.
Stroke, and says Stroke 0, you can have more than one stroke depending on the font, but most of these styles have only one stroke. Some have two or three, but we'll just take 1 as 1 here. Once you've got this selected, and then you can start changing the color of the stroke. There we go. Make it obvious, now you can see the color of the stroke around there is purple, eeee, but that you can do. Now you can work with the stroke if you want to and I couldn't do that because I started with the style that had no stroke, but here you can start with a style that has a stroke and then you can adjust the Stroke color here.
I want to show you one more thing. The Drop Shadow by default is always black, but you can have drop shadows that are white. Now one way to do that is to pick a style that has a drop shadow that's other than black. Click on this guy. That gives you white drop shadow. So if you want to have a white drop shadow you need to start with a style that has a white drop shadow and then you can change the style to suit whatever you want, but that saves, that preserves the white drop shadow for you. Let me just show the drop shadow, we'll make it farther away so you can see how that works. All right, now I want to work with templates.
Templates are different than working with the Titling tool. I'll click Done here. Move my Current Time indicator to someplace else and go over to Edit > Titles. Not really a better word would be title templates. These are things that you can use to create, like, graphic borders and then add titles inside them. So I've selected the Entertainment group, there are quite a few different groups here that come with Premiere Elements. And under the Show All you can actually limit it to certain things within each group, but I've got the whole Entertainment group here. I'm going to scroll down to one that I like which is, this guy, the music_pal_s_lower3rd.
I've mentioned the idea of lower 3rds before where you want to put someone's name usually at the bottom of the screen. So once you see one you like you just click on the word Apply, that adds the title right here into your project on the Timeline and then puts the title here in the title tool. Then you can adjust the title here, the titling here. Now if I hover my cursor over it, normally it would turn into a type tool, which indicates, yeah you can start typing here, but it doesn't do that as clearly inside the templates. So I'm going to go click on this guy to select that. And now if I go get the Type tool, when I click inside here, then it'll cooperate.
I can change this to Jeff Sengstack and I could return it and say Teacher, something like that, and have that be in the lower3rd, using that template. As you'll I can put it here, and I'll click away and say Done, and here it is showing up inside our project across the blue background. So adding color, strokes, drop shadows is almost a given when working with titles, and templates give your project visual flair.
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