- Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
- Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
- Workspace and workflow
- Working with projects
- Importing and adding media
- Arranging clips
- Editing clips
- Reduce noise
- Select object
- Candid Moments
- Smart Trim
- Change clip speed and duration
- Split clips
- Freeze and hold frames
- Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
- Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
- Replace footage
- Working with source clips
- Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
- Trim clips
- Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
- Artistic effects
- Applying transitions
- Special effects basics
- Effects reference
- Applying and removing effects
- Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
- Time remapping - Guided edit
- Effects basics
- Working with effect presets
- Finding and organizing effects
- Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
- Fill Frame - Guided edit
- Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
- Best practices to create a time-lapse video
- Applying special effects
- Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
- Transparency and superimposing
- Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
- Apply an Effects Mask to your video
- Adjust temperature and tint
- Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
- Create a picture-in-picture overlay
- Applying effects using Adjustment layers
- Adding Title to your movie
- Removing haze
- Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
- Create a Vignetting effect
- Add a Split Tone Effect
- Add FilmLooks effects
- Add an HSL Tuner effect
- Fill Frame - Guided edit
- Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
- Animated Sky - Guided edit
- Select object
- Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
- Double exposure- Guided Edit
- Special audio effects
- Movie titles
- Disc menus
- Sharing and exporting your movies
The Adobe Premiere Elements workspace presents an easy-to-use interface for video enthusiasts. It organizes features into Quick, Guided, and Expert views based on their complexity.
If you are using Premiere Elements 2018 and earlier versions, you will also see the eLive tab. The eLive tab helps access a stream of resources right from your workspace to get creative ideas for your videos and become more proficient with Adobe Premiere Elements. For more information, see eLive.
When you launch Adobe Premiere Elements, the first screen that you receive is the Home screen. On this screen, you can open your desired application, view several feature tutorials, access resources for latest features, view Auto Creations, and more. For more information about the Home screen, see Get to know the Elements Home screen.
If you are using Premiere Elements 2018 and earlier versions, you will see the welcome screen.
Quick Goal screen
From the Home screen, after you click Video Editor, the Quick Goal screen opens.
The Quick Goal screen contains the following:
- Trim a video clip tile: Click the tile and select a video that you want to trim. The Smart Trim screen opens with the selected video. For information about trimming a video clip, see Premiere Elements 2019 Quick view.
- Combine photos and videos to create a single movie tile: Click the tile and select the media that you want to combine. Quick view opens.
- Don't show again checkbox: If you select this checkbox, the Quick Goal screen does not open as the default home screen the next time you launch Premiere Elements. To change the setting of this checkbox, open the Quick Goal screen by choosing Windows > Quick Goal Screen.
Quick view aggregates basic features that enthusiasts commonly use to quickly edit video footage and share with others. It optimizes common tasks that you perform with clips, such as editing clips and sharing movies.
Use the Quick view options to add titles, effects, transitions, and background music to your clips. Pan or zoom your clip, if necessary, or use Smart Trim for a crisper video. Use Instant Movie to automate movie creation steps (Instant Movie is applicable to 2022 and earlier versions).
Quick view sceneline
A. Freeze frame B. Rotate right C. Delete D. Render E. Playback controls F. Audio preview controls G. Program monitor settings H. Play full screen I. Add audio from computer J. Add music K. More options (add title or media) L. Add media M. Add transition N. Auto pan and zoom O. Change image duration P. Edit video clip Q. More options (for video) R. More options (for caption) S. Edit caption text T. Change caption duration
The Quick view sceneline displays images and video clips as individual thumbnails. You can trim unwanted portions within individual video clips through the smart trim workspace, which you can launch by clicking the Edit video clip icon on a video. You can swap the position of a video clip with another to make a coherent movie sequence. Additionally, you can add transition effects at the beginning or end of your media, or between two media. You can also add music to your movie using the Add Music button. For more information, see Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline.
Quick - 2018 and earlier releases
The Quick view aggregates basic features that enthusiasts commonly use to quickly edit video footage and share with others. It optimizes common tasks that you perform with clips, such as editing clips, creating menus for DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and sharing movies.
Use the Quick view options to add titles, effects, and transitions, background music, and graphics to your clips. Pan or zoom your clip, if necessary, or use Smart Trim for a crisper video. Use Instant Movie to automate movie creation steps (Instant Movie is applicable to 2022 and earlier versions).
Quick view timeline
The Quick view timeline contains the following tracks:
- Video: Edit your video clips and images in this track
- Titles: Add text titles to your clips here
- Sound: Add background music and other sounds to your movie
- Narration: Include recorded narrations for your movie here
The Quick view timeline displays each clip as a series of frames that span the entire clip length. You can trim unwanted portions within individual frames and rearrange them. You can also swap the position of a clip with another to make a coherent movie sequence.
The Quick view timeline includes invocation points to get you started with your video creation process. Click any one of the invocation points to launch the desired workflow.
Drop Files Here: Click Drop Files Here on the timeline to open the Add Media panel. Select an option of your choice to add media to the timeline.
Drop Title: Click Drop Title on the timeline to open the Text and Titles panel. Select a title of your choice and drop it onto the timeline to get started.
Record Narration: Click Record Narration to launch the narration recorder. When recording is complete, the narration is dropped onto the track.
Drop Audio Clips: Click Drop Audio Clips to open the Music panel. Select an audio clip of your choice and drop it onto the track.
The invocation points continue to be available for the entire editing process. Use them as per your convenience and create great videos quickly.
For more information on using the Quick view timeline, see Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline.
The Guided view helps you edit movies by guiding you sequentially through a series of steps. From trimming unwanted footage to animating graphics in your video clips, guided edits help you enhance your video clips.
The Guided view provides instructions on how to perform various tasks in both Quick and Expert views. To start exploring and using the available Guided Edits, click the Quick tab or the Expert tab and then click the Guided tab. Pick the desired creation workflow and start creating your movie.
For more information, See Guided mode.
The Expert view includes advanced features and tools, such as Audio Mixer and Time Stretch, that professionals use to perform intricate video editing tasks.
In addition to the panels available in the Quick view, the Expert view contains the Project assets panel.
This panel contains the media files you import into your Premiere Elements project. Use the panel options to organize the files as a list or in a grid. The grid view displays a thumbnail for each file. If you add any media asset to the timeline, a green icon appears below the thumbnail for the asset.
Expert view timeline
For more advanced editing, use the Expert view timeline. The Expert view timeline graphically represents your movie project as video and audio clips arranged in vertically stacked tracks. When you capture video from a digital video device, the clips appear sequentially as they occur.
The Expert view timeline uses a time ruler to display the components of your movie and their relationship to each other over time. You can trim and add scenes, indicate important frames with markers, add transitions, and control how clips are blended or superimposed. The right-click options for the timeline are organized into easily accessible categories. Compared to the Quick view, the Expert view timeline has more tracks.
For more information on using the Expert view timeline, see Arranging clips in the Expert view timeline.
Use the Add Media panel to add media files to the Quick view sceneline. You can add media files from your computer’s hard drive or from albums in Elements Organizer.
Alternatively, in the Add title or media area in the monitor panel or the Quick view sceneline, click the + sign or choose > Add Media.
After the media files are added to the Quick view sceneline, you can rearrange and edit them. For more information, see Add media.
Use readily available templates and start creating stunning videos by clicking the Create drop-down list. Select Video Story, Instant Movie, or Video Collage to start the desired creation workflow.
Create a structured story of your life events and spice it up with a magical touch.
Automatically guides you through the movie creation process. It lets you quickly select movie templates and edit clips. Instant Movie also lets you add theme-based effects, titles, transitions, and audio to your movie. You can change settings as desired.
(Instant Movie is applicable to 2022 and earlier versions)
Create lively collages with photos & videos to share your memories in different styles.
For more information, see Video story, Instant movie, and Video Collage.
Export & Share
The Export & Share (previously called Publish +Share) panel contains everything you need, to save and share your finished project. You can save your project for viewing on the web, mobile phone, computer, DVD (applicable for 2022 and earlier versions), and Blu-ray disc, among others. The Export & Share option includes all the available export formats in a single panel. Individual tabs on the Export & Share panel represent the various media options that you can choose from.
For more information, see Export & Share.
Use the Export & Share panel to save and share (export) your finished project.
All the editing controls and tools in Premiere Elements are grouped in the right panel and categorized in three categories based on their functionality:
Lets you adjust the inherent properties of your clip, for example color and lighting. You can also use the Smart Fix tool to enhance the quality of your video footage.
If you add a title to your clip, use the Adjust panel to alter its properties, if necessary.
Provides options that let you add cool effects to your video. For example, use Time Remapping and Smart Mix to add sophisticated motion effects to your video. You can choose Smart Trim to let Premiere Elements automatically edit your footage for a crisper video. For more information, see Tools.
Lets you view the properties of effects already applied to your clip. The panel provides various options that enable you to modify the applied effects.
Shows special effects and presets you can apply to clips in your movie. To edit a special effect after applying it, click Applied Effects to modify the properties in the Applied Effects panel. Compared to the Quick view, the Expert view provides more effects that are organized under various categories. For more information, see Effects.
Provides transitions you can use between your movie clips. The Transition contextual control appears automatically when you apply a transition for the first time. Use it to modify the transition properties. To open the Transition contextual control later, double-click the transition. The Expert view provides more transition effects compared to the Quick view. For more information, see Transitions.
Contains pre-formatted title templates you can use in your movie. The Title contextual control appears automatically when you apply a title to your movie for the first time. Use it to modify the title properties. To open the Title contextual control later, double-click the title. The Expert view provides more title templates compared to the Quick view. For more information, see Creating titles.
Lets you add theme music to your movie. You can select multiple music clips from here, and they are played in the order selected. For more information, see Adding music scores to video clips.
(Available in 2019 Expert view and 2018 versions) Spruce up your videos with graphic elements, such as clip art and callouts (thought bubbles or speech balloons) that you can add to portions in your video clips.
The Action bar contains the following options:
Reverses the action performed.
Repeats the action performed.
Opens Elements Organizer to let you organize and manage your media files.
Opens the Premiere Elements home screen. For more information, see Get to know the Elements Home screen.
In Premiere Elements 2018 and earlier versions, the Home Screen option is not available in the Action bar.
Premiere Elements 2018 and earlier releases
When you first launch Adobe Premiere Elements, the Welcome screen is displayed. The product Welcome screen includes options to launch all three products - Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements, and Elements Organizer. A link to the trial version is available if any of the products is not installed on your computer.
Click Video Editor to create a new project, with default settings, in the workspace. To open an existing project, click the arrow next to Video Editor.
Access the Elements Organizer to organize, tag, and perform basic editing tasks on your media before importing them into Adobe Premiere Elements.
Customize launch options
By default, the Welcome screen opens when you launch Adobe Premiere Elements for the first time.
Click the Settings button on the title bar to specify the window or application that you want displayed on subsequent launches of Adobe Premiere Elements.
Select one of the following launch options:
- Welcome Screen: Launches the Welcome screen each time you open Adobe Premiere Elements. This option is enabled by default.
- Organizer: If you use Elements Organizer to organize your media before editing them in Adobe Premiere Elements, choose this option.
- Video Editor: Select this option if you want the Adobe Premiere Elements workspace to open every time you launch Adobe Premiere Elements.
The Premiere Elements start screen makes it easier for you to initiate popular workflows. You have several options to start creating your videos. Hover your mouse over each option to learn more about it. Click one of the options to start creating your video.
Use the Add Media panel to add media files from sources, such as video cameras, flip, webcams, digital still cameras, mobile phones, and folders on your hard disk.
Create a template-based movie
Use readily available templates and start creating stunning videos. Clicking Create a template based movie, opens the Create drop-down list. Select Video Story, Instant Movie, or Video Collage to start the desired creation workflow.
Tell your story using titles
Enhance your movies with ready-to-use and customizable motion titles. Start by including motion title templates that are preloaded with animated graphic presets, text, and background styles that can all be edited to suit your requirements.
Clicking Tell your story using titles opens the Motion Titles selection panel from the action bar. Select and drag a template of your choice and start creating your movie.
Learn video editing
Use Guided edits to perform video-editing tasks with ease. From trimming unwanted footage to animating graphics in your video clips, guided edits help you enhance your video clips. Clicking Learn video editing opens the Guided Edit launch panel. Pick the desired creation workflow and start creating your movie.