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Creating background textures

From: Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

Video: Creating background textures

If you are looking to create some cool animated textures from scratch, let's say, for example, for a background or maybe a lower third, which is what we are going to do in this movie, then Premiere has a few options for you that are kind of fun to play around with. I have already gone ahead and created this Black Video here, and I have moved it into place. This is going to be our lower third. And I'm going to drag-and-drop the Cell Pattern effect from the Generate category onto this little bar. And instantly, we have a kind of cool little bar here as a good background for our lower third. Now if you like playing around with textures, Cell Pattern is a great tool for that.

Creating background textures

If you are looking to create some cool animated textures from scratch, let's say, for example, for a background or maybe a lower third, which is what we are going to do in this movie, then Premiere has a few options for you that are kind of fun to play around with. I have already gone ahead and created this Black Video here, and I have moved it into place. This is going to be our lower third. And I'm going to drag-and-drop the Cell Pattern effect from the Generate category onto this little bar. And instantly, we have a kind of cool little bar here as a good background for our lower third. Now if you like playing around with textures, Cell Pattern is a great tool for that.

I am going to go into the Effect Controls panel, open up Cell Pattern, and actually, I can click this little right facing chevron to expand this, and close that timeline up, so we can see our properties a little bit better. Tons of different cell patterns in the Cell Pattern effect. Go to this dropdown here, change this from Bubbles to Crystals, to Plates, to Crystallize, to Pillow, and a bunch of other effects in there. Now these effects actually become dramatically different when you start fiddling around with the other settings, let's say, Invert for example. And it turns it the opposite.

You can also play with the Contrast. So I could take this up. I might want to hold the Shift key down, make that change a little bit more dramatic or I can lower the contrast, going the opposite direction. I actually just take this down to, let's say 50. So you can see we have these faint branches and if we take this up to 1200, we have these big thick lines. We can also adjust the dispersion. So if we take down the Disperse value, then we get more uniform geometric lines, and if we take this up, then we get more random chaos.

We may want to take the size down, make this a smaller texture, like a cantaloupe surface or something, or we could increase the size and get a little bit - zoom in I guess, and have these lines become much thicker and bigger. If we wanted to create kind of like a window, where the texture was moving left to right, we'd use the Offset parameter for this. So as we move Offset, we can see this move left and right if we adjust the left value, the X-axis, or if we adjust the Y-axis, we could watch these textures move up and down. If we are having a lower third here, and let's say we add some extra text on top of this, on another layer or another video track, we want to make sure that our animation is not too busy.

In other words, we want the movement to be something like this, where it's kind of subtle, maybe even slower than that, but if we have like this crazy movement where things are moving wildly, like so, it's going to be very distracting while people are trying to read the text on the screen, and even if you are going to have an interview or whatever, that's going to distract from whatever the lower third is trying to draw attention to. Now, I am going to reset this effect by clicking this button here, right across with the name Cell Pattern in the Effect, and I will just go ahead and invert the bubbles. That looks pretty creepy, actually.

And I am going to adjust the Evolution parameter. The Evolution parameter just really brings this to life. What a cool look that is. I might take down Dispersion a little bit, and maybe take down the Size, maybe zoom into the size. Now I kind of like that. And then as I move this around, slowly, if I want to animate this Evolution parameter, these cells kind of come to life and they move around these little wisps of light. It's beautiful. So, as you can see, there is an infinite amount of options here with Cell Pattern.

We can also go into, let's say, for example, the Color Correction category, and there are some effects like Tint that we could now apply, and we could open up Tint here, and we could map White to I don't know let's say Red here. And so now we've changed this, so now it's like this creepy, scary texture here in the background, maybe if you're interviewing somebody from a horror movie, you might have a texture like that. I am just going to delete Tint and Cell Pattern. Another good effect for creating patterns from scratch, in the Generate category, and by the way, most of these Generate effects actually just generate stuff from scratch.

It's just fun to play with. We looked at Circle earlier to create a vignette. Lightning is a good one too. But I am going to apply the Grid effect. Now, the Grid effect does not really care about the size of your layer. It fills up the entire area and so we are seeing a gap here because I moved the layer down to create the lower third. So what we need to do is open up Grid, go down to Blending mode at the bottom, and change this to Stencil Alpha, and Stencil Alpha will make it so that the grid only shows up where the lower third is.

So we can select the Grid effect and move this around, and we are really not seeing anything. Well, what we can do is add the Cell Pattern effect, and now what we're seeing is the grid on top of the Cell Pattern effect. So we're seeing the grid as if it were a window to the Cell Pattern effect, which is kind of cool. If we click the word 'Grid', we will see these two controller points. The one on the left will change the size of the vertical portion. It will also change the amount of horizontal lines as well, and actually, both of these points do that, but it's good to have one anchored and then move one to adjust the parameters that you want to adjust.

So already here we have these really interesting lines that you might not think would be created with a Grid effect and the Cell Pattern effect. We could increase the size of the border to make these lines thicker or maybe smaller, as the case may be. Maybe you want a lot of really thin lines. Now, I should point out here that when you are in Stencil Alpha mode, the Grid is basically just forming like a cookie-cutter. So if we change the color to Green, we are really not going to see it here in our fence or grid or whatever we have going on here, because, again, the grid is just acting as a stencil and not really as a grid per se.

Also as a Cell Pattern, we could invert the grid. So that creates kind of holes instead of an actual kind of a fence, as we were looking at before. So there are several other tools like this in Premiere, but to me, Grid and Cell Pattern are the most flexible, and they are great, as you can see, when used in tandem with each other. Now, I should also point out here that if you really dig this kind of stuff, this kind of texture creation type thing, then you absolutely must check out Adobe After Effects, if you have not.

It is the ultimate tool for creating graphics, and textures, and objects like this.

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Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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