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Creating static titles

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Creating static titles

Creating titles in Adobe Premiere Pro is incredibly simple, yet it's incredibly powerful. If I want to put a title on top of this clip--I am going to go ahead and select this clip and park my playhead over a frame that I think is representative of where the title should be. And you'll see why I do that in just a moment. To create a title, you go to the Title dropdown menu, click on New Title, and we are going to start off by creating a Default Still. And the first thing Premiere Pro will do will open the dialog box which suggests the frame size, frame rate, and the pixel ratio for your title, which it chooses by exactly matching your sequence.

Creating static titles

Creating titles in Adobe Premiere Pro is incredibly simple, yet it's incredibly powerful. If I want to put a title on top of this clip--I am going to go ahead and select this clip and park my playhead over a frame that I think is representative of where the title should be. And you'll see why I do that in just a moment. To create a title, you go to the Title dropdown menu, click on New Title, and we are going to start off by creating a Default Still. And the first thing Premiere Pro will do will open the dialog box which suggests the frame size, frame rate, and the pixel ratio for your title, which it chooses by exactly matching your sequence.

So 99.999 times out of 100. I'll hit OK, and when I hit Cancel it's probably because of an accident. So as you see, it opens up a new window, and this is your title creation window. That representative frame that we parked over we can now see so as we create our title we can see how it looks over that background. Now I can turn this on and off with this little button here if you find it distracting, but for now let's go ahead and create the title over the background to see how it looks. Now this is a very robust tool.

To start off, I could simply select the Text tool and start typing. But I do want to point out there is a few options here to get you started. I can type Text Horizontally, I can choose Vertical Text, I can also just create a box that I want text to go and then scale that box up and down, and I can even type and have text flow on any kind of a path. But let's keep it simple as we start to learn how to use the Text tool. Selecting the type tool or pressing the keyboard shortcut of T, I go over and position the Text where I want it to be.

With a single click, I click on the interface, and I'll start typing. And we're going to call this Time Lapse. Once I finish typing, I can simply click off it or hit the Escape key. And now if I switch over to my selection tool-- which is the same keyboard shortcut that you use in the main editing portion of Premiere Pro--I can go ahead and reposition this title anywhere I want. Now this is pretty vanilla and pretty boring. If I wanted to, I can very quickly go down to the bottom part of this panel and there's a group of title styles and these are a bunch of presets that I can click on, and as you see as I click on the different presets, it automatically modifies the way my title looks, and I could run with this.

Personally, most of these are close, but none of these are quite perfect for most of my needs. I am going to scroll down, and I really do like this selection here, so I am going to go ahead and click on it, but I'm not a big fan of this lime green. I can't imagine a world where a lime green title is actually effective. But what I really want to point out is this is a great starting point because I can modify this over here under Title Properties and make it precisely the title that I want.

So the first thing I might do is go ahead and change the color. Now the Fill Type is pretty easy to control. And since this is a Gradient, I can go ahead and click on either of these squares and modify the color from this lime green to something I like better. So I think I'm going into the blue area and probably start off with a gradient with a darker blue, and I am going to press OK. So as we see it's darker blue to start with, and let's get rid of the green on the other side again by double-clicking, and we'll just go to a lighter blue, select a nice area, and hit OK.

So it's very easy for me to change the color from that green to a nice gradient. I am going to go ahead and make this larger so it's easier for you to see and also to emphasize a point. In a lot of programs, if you grab the edge of the bounding box and stretch it, all it does is blow up the pixels, and a lot of times your text will just get fuzzy. But that's not how it works here. It's actually scaling up the point size of your text. Now, if you hold down the Shift key when you stretch, it will maintain the aspect ratio of the letters, and if you let go, you are going to change it, and you can make them shorter and fatter or taller and skinnier. I am going to hold down the Shift key, just make it bigger, and go ahead and reposition it.

But what I want you to notice is that up here under Size, I truly scaled the letters to a higher point size, so I am losing no resolution. I can also change the angle of this gradient. I don't want it to Top to Bottom. Maybe I wanted more Left to Right, and I can go ahead and I can modify that. Now the best thing is just to play with a lot of these elements to get the text to look exactly the way you want. I may add a little bit of a stroke on the outside just so it pops.

Now, since my background is dark--and I'll probably put Time Lapse about right there--instead of using a black outer stroke, I could go ahead and change that to a different color. In this case, we'll make it a nice solid, and instead of black we'll go ahead and we'll make it something lighter so it punches out. I am going to still stay in the blue family but more now to a white blue. I'll hit OK, there's a little more of an edge I can work with, and I can even pump that up a little bit, and if you notice, this really pops.

Taking it to the final step, I want to make sure I have a nice shadow. I want a little more distance to that shadow so I can really see it, and as you see, I've been able to create a title from scratch very quickly. I'm going to go ahead and close this out and show you how this looks once we put it back inside of Premiere Pro. I'll simply hit the Close button, it'll look a little bit different, I'll be on the right side if you are on a Windows machine, and as you see, there we go. I have my Title right here.

If I grab that and drop that onto my timeline, I actually see how this Title looks against my background. If I ever needed to change this title all I have to do is double-click, it opens it up in my Title pane, I can make a modification--let's just move it right to the top, close it out--and as you see, it's automatically updated in my timeline. One of the things I love about the title tool is once I build a look that I really like, I can use this over and over again throughout my program.

It's important that if you left it called Title, make sure you change it to something you recognize. So I am going to call this Blue Grad for a blue gradient, and that way I always know what type of title it is. So you can see how easy it is to create a title using the Title tool. In the next movie we're going to completely create a title from scratch without taking advantage of any of the presets.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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