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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
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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