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Using blend modes with titles and graphics


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Compositing with Premiere Pro CS5.5

with Maxim Jago

Video: Using blend modes with titles and graphics

Working with titles and graphic media in combination with blend modes is very very straightforward. You apply your blend modes with that kind of media in exactly the same way as you would with any other kind of media. I've got a simple sequence here where I've got this intro video and I've applied some secondary color correction to this via the three way color corrector. So this has given me a kind of a turquoise background rather than the bright green from the original green screen that was used to record it, so it just means that I've got some texture here in the background rather than the empty space. And this is an introduction to a video about activities that these guys like to engage in, so I'll just play you the audio for this. > > Hi I'm Hayden, and my buddy Connor and I will be showing you some things we like to do when it's summertime.
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2h 18m Intermediate Oct 06, 2011

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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 is primarily a nonlinear editing system designed for fast cutting of multiple media types, but it is also an advanced special effects and compositing tool. In this course, master editor Maxim Jago describes the tools and options available to create complex compositions using just Premiere Pro, without involving After Effects or Photoshop. Learn how to adjust opacity, use garbage mattes and track mattes, and create nested sequences, as well as how to work with chroma keys, luma keys, and the Ultra Keyer. Maxim shares all the techniques necessary to layer multiple media elements and produce advanced sequences as compositions.

Topics include:
  • Introducing Premiere Pro: the compositing program
  • Understanding transparency and alpha channels
  • Adjusting opacity
  • Working with garbage mattes
  • Luma keys and chroma keys
  • The Ultra Keyer
  • Nesting sequences
  • Understanding and using blend modes
  • Creating track mattes
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Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Maxim Jago

Using blend modes with titles and graphics

Working with titles and graphic media in combination with blend modes is very very straightforward. You apply your blend modes with that kind of media in exactly the same way as you would with any other kind of media. I've got a simple sequence here where I've got this intro video and I've applied some secondary color correction to this via the three way color corrector. So this has given me a kind of a turquoise background rather than the bright green from the original green screen that was used to record it, so it just means that I've got some texture here in the background rather than the empty space. And this is an introduction to a video about activities that these guys like to engage in, so I'll just play you the audio for this. > > Hi I'm Hayden, and my buddy Connor and I will be showing you some things we like to do when it's summertime.

> > Okay so its things that Hayden and Connor like to do in the summer. And I just want to have a simple title that shows that they feel good about this so I've made a title that says Happy Days and this title is a very simple standard font. It's the Cooper Standard and I've made it, relatively large and I've given it a texture in the Fill settings and in fact Premier Pro comes with a lot of textures built in with the application and you just need to browse to them their inside the program directory under Presets and you can choose any texture you like.

let's have a look now. We've got blue on blue, so maybe if I go for whatever this is, a scrap of PNG, or maybe, here we go, this PNG, which is a blue texture. So I'm putting that inside the text, just because it's going to give me something more interesting to work with when I'm doing my blending. So I'll Close the title too I'll throw my title onto an upper video track on the timeline. And by default it looks okay but if I really want to pep it up a bit I can go to my opacity settings and just choose something other.

And it really does vary. I'm going to put this up to 100%. So you can see the texture a little better, and I'm going to move the graphic. Let me go full screen with this for a second. I want to move the graphic so that you can see the impact of using this blend mode. If I bring the title down in front of this guy's shirt just so you can see what happens with a background texture and a foreground texture. Just see how that looks. Yeah, well, it looks pretty awful.

But we'll get the position some, somewhere inside the safe title zone. Okay, so, now that I've got that, it's just a question of trying out the different blend modes. And if I set this back to 100% again, let's see, I've got some fringing from that secondary color correction, and this is kind of an interesting result, the screen mode. This gives me a nice blending of the colors that are there without influencing them or changing them too much. Some of the, lower options here are a little bit more unusual, shall we say? You can see here with the luminacity mode this one is giving us the Hue, the color of the background and the amount of saturation of the background but the luminance of the foreground.

If you switch to color this is the opposite. But I think on balance the screen mode will probably, probably work about best for this. And that's really all you need to know about combining graphic media. The really interesting bit about this, the positive thing is, that if you do lay out your graphics, using a blend mode rather than just having it a certain amount of opacity, you get the texture showing through the text. The texture actually engages with the foreground text and creates new textures combined with either the new colors or the texts you've put into your fonts to create a much more engaging result.

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