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A lot of people like to use Photoshop as a titling tool, and that's great if you know Photoshop really well. Let me show you a really cool trick for leveraging the power of Premiere Pro and the power of Photoshop together. If I want to use Photoshop to create a title instead of starting in Photoshop, I'm actually going to start in Premiere Pro. All I need to do is go up onto the File menu, New, and I say create a Photoshop File. When I click that, it'll ask me what size do I want the file to be, and it will default to my sequence settings, which is absolutely perfect.
I'm going to simply hit OK, and then I get the option to save this title. And I'm going to go ahead for ease-of-use call it Photoshop Title. There is one more option I can choose if I wish, which is when I bring it back in to the project, do I want them to be merged as a single layer or as separate layers? And we discussed working with Photoshop layers in an earlier movie. When Photoshop opens, everything is already set to the perfect aspects ratio and frame size, and I can begin my work.
We are going to keep it simple here and just add some text and perhaps a bar for a lower-third. So I'm going to switch over to the Text tool and type the word Bulb because that's what I want in my title. Photoshop remembers the last typeface you used, the size, and the color, so since I used yellow before, and Impact--which is a nice solid typeface--I have the perfect text that I want. Once I've typed the word I wanted, I can go ahead and switch over to the Selection tool and move that around wherever I need it to be.
But if I would just be typing text, why not use the Title tool in Premiere? Well, there is a lot more things that I can do in Photoshop that I can't do in Premiere, such as I can take this Bulb, and I can apply a Layer Style to it to give it a nice bevel and embossing. As you see, that already starts to look better, and I'm going to add a little bit of contour and texture, and that's something I can't do this quickly in Premiere Pro. I'm going to go ahead and accept that and position my Bulb down over here.
Now while I'm in Photoshop, I might as well make a nice-looking bar to put underneath the Bulb, so I'm going to go ahead and select the Rectangle tool and simply draw a nice lower-third line. I'm going to apply the same layer style that I did before, a Bevel & Emboss. I will give it a little bit of a color overlay because I don't want that background to be yellow. And will change that Overlay Color from red to a nice blue. And pull back the Opacity a little bit, press OK, and since my letters are now behind my rectangle, I'll simply grab and move that to the top. This is pretty quick and dirty in Photoshop, but it gets the point across.
Once I've built my lower-third, all I need to do is save it. I will get a warning box, but that's okay, and when I step back into Premiere, my Photoshop title is already built, and I can simply drag it directly on top of my clip. So there we go. We have a lower-third giving an ID so we know that this is a bulb. And because this is still a Photoshop document, if I needed to make a change, I could simply right-click, and I could edit in Adobe Photoshop, make a quick update by moving the Bulb, text to the right, save again, and now back in Premiere Pro it's been updated.
As you see, there are some things you can do in Photoshop that you can't do easily in Premiere Pro, but Premiere Pro allows you easily to create a Photoshop document from within the application that's going to be a perfect fit for your final show.
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