In this video, learn how to create and customize movie titles.
- [Instructor] Titles can help you tell your story. A few words on the screen can help clarify a scene or identify a person or they can simply give credit where credit is due. Premiere elements title templates are located on the tool bar on the right under the little T. Now by default, the panel opens up into motion titles. We'll talk about them later in the course, but if you select classic titles you get to the more standard traditional titles. Now, there are a number of templates here in a number of categories from general and entertainment, all the way up to sports, travel, wedding. It's a very nice templates in here. Most of the templates have at least three variations, sometimes four for instance, there's usually one title template that completely obscures the screen, like this one here there's one template that sort of frames the screen and your video will be visible through it. There's usually a rolling title in which the credits roll up the screen and there's a lower third and lower thirds as you might expect cover only the lower third of the screen. They're usually used identify a person or place in your video. Now, rather than working with one of the templates, I want to just work with a generic title. We're going to create it from scratch. I'm going to close this panel by clicking on that T I just want to show you how much is available for you to do in the title adjustments area once you create a title. if you want to create a generic title you just go up to the text menu at the top of the screen and select new text, default text. This will create a basic text title, and we can modify it, if we just select the placeholder text and type in, with that text selected, we can do some modification. We can change the font. We can change the font style. We can change its size either by manually typing in the number here or dragging across those numbers to make it larger or smaller. We can change its alignment left, right or center aligned. We can align it within the frame so that it's centered, left and right, and up and down. And if we switch here in our mode from text mode to selection mode, we can drag that block of text any place in the title. Now, title is not just your text by the way, it's everything that's included in this title area. You can have several blocks of text. You can have some graphics included here. You can import graphics from your hard drive or you can go over here to the shapes tab and draw them in. So you can pretty much build your own title design. Let's go back over here to the text tab. By the way when your text is selected, you can also change the color by clicking on the little palette and then using the color picker to change the color of your title. Rather than manually applying a font to your title, you can also select the style under the second tab here and these are sort of presets for your text and they come in a variety of colors and styles. You can also apply animation to your title, and we're going to look at animation later in the course 'cause it's actually pretty cool. And finally, if you have several lines of text or a list of names, you can create a rolling title from your text block simply by selecting the text block, going up to the text menu and selecting Roll, Crawl options. Rolls go up the screen, Crawls can go left to right or right to left, and you can apply that to your text and it will apply that animation to it. To return to the editing workspace, just click on the timeline and you can go about editing your movie. And if you ever want to re-edit your title all you need to do is just double click on it. So in premiere elements, you can create a title in any font, in any color you want and you can even make them rolling and crawling titles. You can work from the templates or you can work from scratch and you can modify your title almost any way you want using the options available in the title adjustments area.
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