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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.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.