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Creating a project

  1. Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
  2. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
    1. What's new in Premiere Elements
    2. System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Guided mode
    5. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    6. GPU accelerated rendering
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Get to know the Home screen
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Preferences
    5. Tools
    6. Keyboard shortcuts
    7. Audio View
    8. Undoing changes
    9. Customizing shortcuts
    10. Working with scratch disks
  4. Working with projects
    1. Creating a project
    2. Adjust project settings and presets
    3. Save and back up projects
    4. Previewing movies
    5. Creating video collage
    6. Creating Highlight Reel
    7. Create a video story
    8. Creating Instant Movies
    9. Viewing clip properties
    10. Viewing a project's files
    11. Archiving projects
    12. GPU accelerated rendering
  5. Importing and adding media
    1. Add media
    2. Guidelines for adding files
    3. Set duration for imported still images
    4. 5.1 audio import
    5. Working with offline files
    6. Sharing files between Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements
    7. Creating specialty clips
    8. Work with aspect ratios and field options
  6. Arranging clips
    1. Arrange clips in the Expert view timeline
    2. Group, link, and disable clips
    3. Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline
    4. Working with clip and timeline markers
  7. Editing clips
    1. Reduce noise
    2. Select object
    3. Candid Moments
    4. Color Match
    5. Smart Trim
    6. Change clip speed and duration
    7. Split clips
    8. Freeze and hold frames
    9. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
    10. Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
    11. Replace footage
    12. Working with source clips
    13. Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
    14. Trim clips
    15. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    16. Artistic effects
  8. Applying transitions
    1. Applying transitions to clips
    2. Transition basics
    3. Adjusting transitions
    4. Adding Transitions between video clips - Guided Edit
    5. Create special transitions
    6. Create a Luma Fade Transition effect - Guided Edit
  9. Special effects basics
    1. Effects reference
    2. Applying and removing effects
    3. Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
    4. Time remapping - Guided edit
    5. Effects basics
    6. Working with effect presets
    7. Finding and organizing effects
    8. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    9. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    10. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    11. Best practices to create a time-lapse video
  10. Applying special effects
    1. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    2. Transparency and superimposing
    3. Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
    4. Apply an Effects Mask to your video
    5. Adjust temperature and tint
    6. Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
    7. Create a picture-in-picture overlay
    8. Applying effects using Adjustment layers
    9. Adding Title to your movie
    10. Removing haze
    11. Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
    12. Create a Vignetting effect
    13. Add a Split Tone Effect
    14. Add FilmLooks effects
    15. Add an HSL Tuner effect
    16. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    17. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    18. Animated Sky - Guided edit
    19. Select object
    20. Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
    21. Double exposure- Guided Edit
  11. Special audio effects
    1. Mix audio and adjust volume with Adobe Premiere Elements
    2. Audio effects
    3. Adding sound effects to a video
    4. Adding music to video clips
    5. Create narrations
    6. Using soundtracks
    7. Music Remix
    8. Adding Narration to your movie - Guided Edit
    9. Adding Scores to your movie - Guided edit
  12. Movie titles
    1. Creating titles
    2. Adding shapes and images to titles
    3. Adding color and shadows to titles
    4. Editing and formatting text
    5. Motion Titles
    6. Exporting and importing titles
    7. Arranging objects in titles
    8. Designing titles for TV
    9. Applying styles to text and graphics
    10. Adding a video in the title
  13. Disc menus
    1. Creating disc menus
    2. Working with menu markers
    3. Types of discs and menu options
    4. Previewing menus
  14. Sharing and exporting your movies
    1. Export and share your videos
    2. Sharing for PC playback
    3. Compression and data-rate basics
    4. Common settings for sharing


Adobe Premiere Elements creates a project file for every new project that you want to publish or save to work on later. You can also create a project before importing media.

The project file references the media that you add to a project. The types of media could include videos, images, titles, and themes among others.

Project files are small in size. They include title files and references to the source files that you capture or import. Because the project files store references, avoid moving, renaming, or deleting the source files so that Premiere Elements can locate them.

For more information on importing media, see Adding media.

View available project presets and settings

When you create a project, Adobe Premiere Elements automatically adjusts your project settings based on the type of media you import.

To view available project presets and settings:

  1. In Adobe Premiere Elements, select File > New > Project.

  2. The Project Presets are listed in the New Project dialog box. To view the list of all presets and their settings, select More and click View All Presets.

For more information, see Project settings and presets.

Start a new project

  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the Home screen, select Video Editor and select New Project.

    • If Adobe Premiere Elements is open, choose File > New > Project.

  2. Enter the name and the location for your project.

  3. Select one of the available presets from Landscape, Portrait, Square, and Social.

    Create project
    Select from the available preset.

    Select More > View All Presets to view the presets By Aspect Ratio or By Video Standard.

    Change settings
    Select the preset By Aspect Ratio or By Video Standard.

    • Aspect Ratio presets are introduced in Premiere Elements 2022.
    • After you change your project settings, you cannot modify them later.

     If you do not change the project settings, Adobe Premiere Elements uses NTSC Full HD landscape project setting as the default setting.

  4. You can import a clip whose settings do not match the settings of an empty project. Adobe Premiere Elements overwrites the project settings with the settings of your clip when you drop it onto the Expert view timeline. Select Force selected project presets to this project if you do not want Adobe Premiere Elements to change your project settings.

By default, the folder where you save your project also stores rendered previews, conformed audio files, and captured audio and video. These files are large, so save them to your largest, fastest hard drive. To store the files separately from projects, choose  Edit > Preferences > Scratch Disks (Windows) or Adobe Premiere Elements > Preferences > Scratch Disks (macOS).

Open a project

You can open only one project at a time. To ensure that Adobe Premiere Elements can open an existing project, ensure that both the project file (.PREL) and the source files are accessible on your computer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the Home screen, select Video Editor or a project from Recent Files. If the project is not listed, select Video Editor to launch Premiere Elements and select File > Open Project.

    • If Adobe Premiere Elements is open, choose File > Open Project or Open Recent Project; then select the project file and select Open.

    • In Windows, double‑click the project file.


    Adobe Premiere Elements can open projects you created in earlier versions. However, previous versions cannot open projects you create in later versions. If you have multiple versions of Adobe Premiere Elements installed, open a project from within the software. Alternatively, right-click/ctrl-click the file and choose the application.


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