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Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro
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Creating a title graphic in Photoshop


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Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro

with Jason Osder

Video: Creating a title graphic in Photoshop

Our next step here is to replace this temporary title that we put in earlier, just for timing, with the real title and look that we want to the use in the piece. I'm going to start by just deleting the temporary one, because frankly, I think it's kind of ugly. And now the next thing I want to do is to prepare to make the real title in Photoshop. I want to export one frame of this background video for reference. I am going to do something toward the end, but before that transition starts.
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  1. 5m 7s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      1m 29s
    4. How to use this course
      1m 12s
  2. 12m 49s
    1. Identifying messaging concepts
      1m 58s
    2. Tips for working with interviews
      4m 53s
    3. Tips on B-roll sequences
      2m 58s
    4. Researching background and history
      3m 0s
  3. 37m 38s
    1. Organizing the ingest process
      3m 43s
    2. Choosing an interview logging method
      2m 40s
    3. Adding interview metadata
      4m 56s
    4. Logging interviews with markers
      6m 18s
    5. Adding notes to B-roll clips
      5m 36s
    6. Preparing archival images with Photoshop
      9m 20s
    7. Pulling selects and presenting ideas
      5m 5s
  4. 51m 20s
    1. Structuring the edit
      3m 0s
    2. Assembling B-roll shots
      8m 52s
    3. Assembling interviews
      6m 56s
    4. Building sequences and scenes
      7m 53s
    5. Editing interview bites on the Timeline
      6m 16s
    6. Adding other media types to the Timeline
      6m 5s
    7. Completing the rough cut
      10m 1s
    8. Presenting the rough cut and receiving feedback
      2m 17s
  5. 31m 6s
    1. Planning moves on photographs
      6m 23s
    2. Animating images
      9m 17s
    3. Creating a title graphic in Photoshop
      6m 8s
    4. Animating a title graphic in Premiere
      6m 40s
    5. Presenting graphics work
      2m 38s
  6. 55m 28s
    1. Performing an editorial evaluation
      4m 41s
    2. Refining scene order
      2m 53s
    3. Adjusting interview content
      7m 57s
    4. Adjusting B-roll shots
      6m 29s
    5. Tightening clip timing
      6m 21s
    6. Fine-cutting audio
      9m 22s
    7. Reviewing all assets
      6m 18s
    8. Adding end credits
      5m 12s
    9. Locking the picture and preparing the Timeline for finishing
      3m 37s
    10. Presenting the picture lock to the client and receiving approval
      2m 38s
  7. 34m 8s
    1. Evaluating the piece for finishing goals
      7m 11s
    2. Polishing the final audio mix
      7m 49s
    3. Correcting color for consistency
      9m 49s
    4. Adjusting the title and animations for the best compression
      5m 56s
    5. Exporting multiple files
      3m 23s
  8. 50s
    1. Next steps
      50s

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Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro
3h 48m Intermediate Sep 19, 2012

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Find out how to highlight a cause, express a point of view, and tell a story with Adobe Premiere Pro and some essential documentary editing techniques. This course breaks down the documentary process into a series of stages that correspond to the milestones of a real client project. Starting with existing footage, you'll discover how to identify the key messaging concepts and log the footage. Then find out how to assemble rough and fine-tuned cuts, and layer in motion graphics and a credit roll. The final phase explores color correction and audio mixing, before exporting your final movie.

This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications.  For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Logging interviews and other footage
  • Pulling selects and presenting ideas
  • Building sequences and scenes
  • Creating title graphics
  • Animating images
  • Adjusting b-roll shots
  • Tightening clip timing
  • Compressing and exporting multiple files
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Jason Osder

Creating a title graphic in Photoshop

Our next step here is to replace this temporary title that we put in earlier, just for timing, with the real title and look that we want to the use in the piece. I'm going to start by just deleting the temporary one, because frankly, I think it's kind of ugly. And now the next thing I want to do is to prepare to make the real title in Photoshop. I want to export one frame of this background video for reference. I am going to do something toward the end, but before that transition starts.

So that'll work right around there, and I basically just want some background for both layout and for sort of the color scheme to match. JPEG will do just fine, and I don't care so much about the name, but what I will do is put this on the desktop to be easy to find. That's actually all for Premiere Pro for right now. So we can go ahead and quit Premiere Pro to get it out of the way.

Now I want to go to my Desktop and take my reference still and open that in Photoshop. The point of my reference still is two fold. First of all, it guarantees that I've got the right size for this title. I've got the raster size from the video, captured in the JPEG. The other thing is it gives me an idea of the layout and color scheme that I want to work on top of. So I am going to design my title up here in this area, but then when it's time to go back into Premiere Pro I'll just discard this background image.

It's just for reference. Because I know some color correction is going to start at later, and this image has a little bit of a funky yellow glow to me, I am going to go ahead and add a quick adjustment layer just to balance out that color a little bit. I want to get it a little more purply like sunset, and I don't really want to go to those greens. Sort of warm it up, and it's too warm. Something like that.

And I am just trying to imitate the color correction that I think is going to happen in video so that I don't have a problem with this matching later. Next I am going to start to add my text layers. So with the Text tool I am just going to type the word FARM. All caps, but I need to make some adjustments. So I don't want italic, Perpetua is going to work. I think I need to up the size a little bit. And I want these4 to have a real sort of light and airy feel to them.

So I want to see if I can make these a little taller, and I'll also space them out kind of a lot--what's called kerning. Let's sort of see how that looks. It's getting there. For the Color, I like to go ahead and use an eyedropper and get into a color that is present in my background here.

I don't want to go too light. I don't want to go too dark. It's mostly a gray black, but I want it to sort of, little bit of a match. Yeah. You see I have the tonality now. That's looking pretty close to what I want, and it also has some flexibility that if I reduce the Opacity or change the way it's compositing, I can probably get it to mix a little bit with the background. So I think that'll all work well. So now I have the word FARM looking how I like it and for the most part TABLE is going to look the same.

So I can just duplicate that layer, and we've maintained all of the style there, and now I just need the word, to, so I can duplicate again, but this time I'll have to change the style a bit. I also like to keep my layers ordered.

Now this won't matter to the image at all, but it can say FARM to TABLE. I think that's a good idea. Now just the to layer. Be lower case, and it needs a few adjustments. We'll go italic, and we need to remove some of this fanciness. So let's get it's kerning back under control, and I don't think we need to stretch it vertically. We want to make this look just kind like a little subtle word to, and I want to actually visually center it.

That is looking much, much cleaner to me, and I'm really liking it. The last thing I want to do is actually turn off the Background layer, because when we bring it back into Premiere Pro we don't need to see this background. It's just been for reference, and there is our title. I want to make sure to save this properly, and that means saving it as a PSD. Right now, it's still everything built on top of this Background, so let's go ahead and do Save As, make sure Photoshop is selected, make sure you have the Layers, because that's what you want, and let's give it an informative name and save it on the Desktop. OK.

Now we're all ready to import this title into Premiere Pro. There are other tools to use to make titles, but I like to choose the tool that's most suited for the job and for this type of title I think that's definitely Photoshop.

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