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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.
In this chapter we're going to look at how to create titles and credits and slideshows. Oh my, it's going to be a good time. We are going to start of in this movie, looking at how to use the Titling yools, whether you're just adding some text to a shot, whether you're creating closing credits, whether you are changing the text of a move theme, which we will talk about in the next chapter, you find yourself using text all the time. If you would like to follow along here, you can use the Titling Tools project in the Chapter 9 folder.
Thankfully Premiere Element has made this really easy. We are going to go over to this Titles area later on in this chapter but not right now. All we have to do to create a Title is actually go down to the bottom of the Monitor panel, this little T right here that says, Add default text. Just click that button. As soon as you do that, the Title area will open, things will kind of shift around a little bit, and basically that's all you have to do. As you can see here, this Add Text appears on screen, so all we have to do is just start typing what we really want to say. Let's type this, Unicycle Jump.
And this is lot like a word processing program, so I could hit the Delete key to back up a little bit or the Backspace key, and then hit Enter to knock it down a line, and I could type Jump there. Now, when you're ready to accept your text, what you need to do is come over here to these new tools that popped up, when you're editing Type in Premiere Elements. Click on this little arrow, the Selection Tool, and then come back and click on your text. Then your text will be accepted. You kind of want to be careful with fiddling around with text before you accept it the first time, because if you make a mistake before accepting it, you try to undo it, it won't work.
Now, with the Selection Tool selected, we can grab this text and move it wherever we would like. We can also grab one of these corner points and scale it just like we would any other layer. I am just going to hit Ctrl+Z to undo that. Now, a big problem here is that we have a primarily white background with white text. Not cool. So what I'm going to do is come over here to this little color palette looking thing, which gives me access to the Color Properties. Click this, and then we have this really cool Color Properties dialog box here. We have this really nice Color Picker here. So right now the Hue that we're working on is green. The way this works is that as you go to the left, the colors get more desaturated.
As you go to the right, the color get more vibrant. So just click in this little area and you could see my text updating as I'm scrolling around here. So they get desaturated to the left, saturated to the right, and they get darker as we go up, and brighter as we go down. So if you're looking for a kind of bright faded green, then you want to go over here so we get faded, and you want to go kind of down so we get a kind of bright green. That's kind of a cool color, looks good here, but the thing is it still doesn't stick out that much. Well, if you want it to pop a little bit more, what you can do is click on Drop Shadow.
That's very nice. Basically it has a little shadow called the Drop Shadow, underneath this text to get a little bit of perspective, make it look like it's kind of floating off of the video a little bit. Now, some common colors that you're going to be using a lot are white and black. So if you want to just jump to white or black, just click one of these swashes. If you want to have a fill of nothing, you can just click this nothing swash here, and basically that means that we have no fill whatsoever, it's just leaving only the Drop Shadow. Now, if you actually want to change the color, you can click here in this bar to change the Hue.
So let's say we like this blue. We could just click here in this area, and now our text has blue. Well, actually we have got to go and pick one of these colors first and then pick blue, there we go. Also, if you want to use a color in your footage as the color of your text, which kind of creates a cool artistic tie end, I will just click this little Eyedropper button here, and then go somewhere in your piece of footage, maybe you like the back of his shirt, and now the color of my text is the same color as the back of his shirt. There is some nice continuity there. I am going to go back to that green, kind of like a cool faded green a little bit and hit OK.
Now, you might be wondering about these lines that show up when you start editing text. They might seem a little bit annoying at first, and you wonder why these lines are all over the place there. Well, what this is that, when you're working in video, and you're creating video on the computer, and then you go and put it on a television set. Well, televisions have a problem typically called overscan. What that means is that sometimes TVs will cut off the outer edges of the footages being broadcast. Now, this is very inconsistent. It's not the same form TV to TV.
So you can never predict what your audiences are actually going to see. So basically we have these guides here, and the outside guide is called the Action Safe Guide. So anything that's important as far as action goes, any important action, you want to make sure it happens inside this outer guide here. But any text that's important -- see, action could be good if somebody is getting their face punched in or whatever and it's right at the edge here, we can still kind of make it out. But with text, we don't want it to distort at all, so to make sure that text doesn't distort, you want to keep all titles inside this inside guide here called the Title Safe Area.
Now, I realize that's literally impossible as you're having moving credits, so that's not what I'm talking about here, but we wouldn't want to position this text over the bottom left like this, because the U and the J and the bottom of these letters here, they are outside the Title Safe Area, so we don't know if they are going to be legible and visible when seen on a television set. I am just going to drag this back into the middle of my scene here. Another cool thing about the titler is that we have these shapes to play with too. So we can click on the Rectangle Tool, click and draw a rectangle, and with it selected, I can click on the Color Properties, and change the Color Properties of this bar.
OK, there we go. Also, we can select maybe a rounded rectangle, down towards the bottom, maybe let's turn that black. Click OK. So basically we have this cool little shapes here. We can move them around, stretch them, do whatever we want. This isn't just for creating Title, so you might conceivably click that T button to add some text, and really not add any text at all, just add these cool geometric shapes to your project or to your clips. Now, a couple of other things here before I close out this movie.
You will notice that when I had my text selected and I change its color, the whole box was selected, so all the colors of all the characters changed. When you have an entire text box selected, Premiere Elements then assumes you want to make those same changes to all the characters in the text. You don't really have to go in there and select the letters, just the whole box has to be selected. However, if we wanted Jump, the word Jump to be different than the word Unicycle, we have to double click inside this box to edit this text, and then we will select and edit it just like we would in Microsoft Word or some other type of word editing program.
So I can click to select this word just by clicking and dragging to the left here. Now, if we click in the Color Properties button, let's change this color to something like a little bit ridiculous, like pink, just so it's really obvious. Hit OK, and you could see that we have changed the color of the word Jump, and not the color of the word Unicycle. Now we're going to talk about some Text Properties here. Basically, Text Properties work the same way. If you have the entire text box selected with the Selection Tool, then the styles and everything will change just the characters you have selected. If you have the whole box selected, they will all be selected. So because I have explained them, I'm going to go ahead and select the Selection Tool and select the entire box.
Over here at the top we have some cool text options, probably most important here on the left is the Font. Now, you may not have the Adobe Casion Pro Font on your system. Doesn't really matter which fonts you have, that's not really important to the tutorial here, but let's really go through and you could play here and pick a different type of Font to use that suits your liking. If you want to adjust the size of the text, go over here to the small T and big T, and this number right here, mine is 68, just click and drag to the right to resize my text, make it bigger, bring it to the left to make it smaller, whichever you prefer.
This next one is Leading. It's not Leading, it's pronounced leading. It refers to the vertical space between lines of text. So as I increase this, you'll see that the space between the lines of text increases, as you decrease it, they become closer together, even overlapping if you wanted to. We also have Kerning. If we drag this to the right, we increase the space between each letters horizontally. We have got some standard formatting options here. We have Left Align, Center Align, and Right Align.
We also have some basic styles here, so we have a Bold style, and we also have an Italic style, and we also have an Underline style. Notice you could have them all selected at the same time, but you may not want that. So be aware of that, that if you want to take some of those off, you'll need to actually click it again to remove it. Then finally in this little area here, we have some Text styles. So I could just click on these Text styles and they will add these colors and cool gradients and all sorts of fun stuff to my text automatically.
So if you're looking for something that looks real snazzy, and you really don't want to take the time to customize it and go through all that rigmarole, you can use one of these premade styles just by simply clicking on it. I am going to settle with a white, with a black outline there, that looks pretty good. Now, let's come down here to the My Project Panel and talk about what's going on here as far as using this title as a piece of footage. If we go into the Timeline area and we scroll up a little bit, we will see that we have our footage on Video Track 1, which we already added. When we add a title to this, this actually gets added to Video Track 2 because this title is overlaid on top of the video.
If I hit the Backslash key, we can see this expanded, that's a little bit more clear here. Also you'll notice that the title only lasts for the first five seconds or so, and this video is actually much longer. So we can click and trim this -- actually it's not really a trim, we're actually extending this, the same way you would trim it though; grab the right end and just drag it out, as long as you would like it to be. You could actually see the same thing in the Sceneline, I click that so this gets centered here. Let's click on this title, there is the title.
We could actually do the same thing where we expand or contract the title, right here in the Sceneline as well. Finally, the last thing to be aware of with titles is that when you create them with a piece of video, they get overlaid on top of the footage, such as here, but they also get added to your Project View. So if you want to later on use the same title as another piece of footage or whatever, watch this. I am going the grab this title, this is the one we just created, drag this down to the next clip here, and now it's its own thing.
So if you want to create text or graphics, logo, that type of thing, that just its own entity and not on top of another piece of video, you're more than welcome to do that, just drag and drop from the Project View. We sure did cover a lot here folks. Next we're going to look at how to animate these credits, how to bring them to life. I think you'll be impressed with all the cool animation features for text inside of Premiere Elements, that's next.
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