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The Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro

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The Graphics workspace and Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro provides a powerful workflow that allows you to create titles, graphics, and work with captions directly within Premiere Pro.


You can also use the Essential Graphics panel to customize Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt files) that have been created in After Effects or Premiere Pro. For more information on Motion Graphics templates, see Using Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro

Access the Graphics workspace and the Essential Graphics panel

To access the Graphics workspace: Click Graphics in the workspace bar at the top of the screen or select Window > Workspaces > Graphics from the main menu.

To access the Essential Graphics panel: By default, the Essential Graphics panel is a part of the Graphics workspace. However, if you do not see it, you can directly open it by clicking Window > Essential Graphics.

Parts of the Essential Graphics panel

Essential Graphics panel
Essential Graphics panel

A. Browse tab B. Edit tab 


Use this tab to browse Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt files) in Adobe Stock. These are professionally designed templates you can easily drag to your timeline and customize. Adobe Stock is a marketplace for video footage, Motion Graphics templates, photos, and more. For more information, see Browsing and managing Motion Graphics templates.


Use this tab to:

  • Align and transform layers, change appearance properties, edit text properties and more.
  • Add keyframes to your Premiere Graphics (prgraphics)
  • Modify exposed properties for your After Effects Graphics (aegraphics)

Create graphics

Premiere Graphics can contain multiple text, shape, and clip layers, similar to layers in Photoshop. Multiple layers can be contained inside a single Graphic track item in your sequence. When you create a new layer, a graphic clip containing that layer is added to your timeline, starting at the playhead location. If you already have a graphic track item selected, then the next layer you create gets added to the existing graphic clip.

Any graphics you create in Premiere Pro can be exported as a Motion Graphics Template (.mogrt) to Local Templates Folder, Local Drive, and Creative Cloud Libraries for sharing or reuse.


You can create Graphic Layers even if the sequence does not yet contain any video clips.

Create text layers

Create a title using the Type tool in the Program Monitor or the New Layer > Text commands in the Graphics Menu. For more information, see Create a title.

Replace fonts in projects

You can replace fonts in a project, updating all fonts simultaneously instead of updating them individually. For example, if you have a graphic with multiple layers of text and you decide to change the font, you can use the Replace Fonts in Projects command to change the font of all the layers simultaneously.

  1. Select Graphics > Replace Fonts in Project.

  2. The Replace Fonts in Projects window panel opens containing a list of fonts used in the project.

  3. Under Replacement Font, type in the font you want to replace with.


    Replace Fonts will replace all instances of the chosen fonts across all sequences and all open projects. It is not just for changing fonts for all layers in one Graphic.

    Replace Fonts in projects
    Replace Fonts in projects

  4. Once the Replacement Font has been selected, click OK.

Create shape layers

Premiere Pro has a Pen Tool, a Rectangle Tool, an Ellipse Tool, and a Polygon Tool for creating freeform shapes and paths. To quickly get started creating shapes, see Create a shape.

Create clip layers

You can add still image and video clips as layers within your graphic. You can create clip layers using one of the following methods:

  • In the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel, select the New Layer icon and choose From File.
  • In the application menu bar, select Graphics > New Layer > From File.
  • Select a still image or a video item in your Project panel. Drag-and-drop that item into the Layers panel of the Essential Graphics panel or onto an existing Graphic in your Timeline.

Make sure that the graphic is selected in the Program Monitor. If the graphic is not selected, the options are not available.

Also note that there are various Editable properties for each type of selected layer, multiple selected layers, and for whole Graphics (Graphic is selected but no layers are).

Group text and shape layers

Grouping text and graphic layers is useful when working with complex text and graphic elements. Grouping layers keeps the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel uncluttered, and is also useful when you want to create cool masking effects.

  1. Select multiple layers in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Create Group icon at the bottom of the Edit section of the Essential Graphics panel.
    • Right-click the selected layers and select Create Group from the context menu.
    Creating groups using the Create Group icon or the context menu
    Creating groups using the Create Group icon or the context menu

  3. To add layers to a group, do one of the following:

    • Drag a layer to the group folder.
    • Drag a group folder into another group folder. The group and all of its layers move.
  4. To ungroup layers, select the layers and move them out of the group.

Rename layers

Premiere Pro supports inline name editing. Shape layers and clip layers can be renamed in the Essential Graphics Panel. To rename a layer in the Essential Graphics Panel, do the following:

  1. Click the name of the layer.

  2. Edit the name in the text field.

    Inline rename layer
    Inline rename layer

  3. To save the new name, do one of the following:

    • Click Enter.
    • Click away from the text field.

Inline name editing does not work for text layers because the name of the text layer is the text shown in the Program Monitor.

Alternately, you can right-click on a shape or clip layer in the Essential Graphics Panel. Select Rename from the pop-up list. Type a new name in the text field and click OK.

Rename layer
Rename layer

Create Styles and Source Graphics

Create Styles

Styles (previously known as Master Styles) allow you to define text properties such as font, color, and size as styles. This feature enables you to apply the same style quickly across multiple layers in different graphics in your timeline.

Once you apply a Style to a graphic clip or to a text layer within a graphic clip, the text automatically inherits all changes from the Style. You can change multiple graphics at once.

Creating Master Style
Creating a Style

To create a Style:

  1. Select the graphic clip in your timeline and navigate to the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.      

  2. Select a text layer and give it the stylistic properties that you want for font, size, and appearance.

  3. When you have the desired look, under the Styles section from the drop-down list, select Create Style.

  4. Name your text style and click OK.

  5. The Style appears in your project panel and is available in the Styles drop-down list. You can then apply this style to other text layers and graphic clips in your project.

    Applying Master Styles on Graphics
    Applying Styles on Graphics

When you create a Style, a thumbnail image of the style gets added to your project panel. To update all the text layers in a Graphic at once, drag the Style item from the Project Panel and drop it onto a Graphic in the Timeline.

You can also update individual text layers of a title to a particular style by selecting the text layer in the Essential Graphics panel. Then, choose the desired Style from the drop-down list.


Align and Transform properties are not included as part of Styles.

Create Source Graphics

You can use the Upgrade to Source Graphic (previously known as Upgrade to Master Graphic) option to create a Source Clip (previously known as Master Clip) item in your Project Panel from a graphic clip in your sequence.

Any new graphics made from a Source Graphic, including the one you upgraded from, are always exact duplicates of each other. This include the source text string. Any changes made to the text, style, or contents in an instance of a Source Graphic get reflected in all other instances of the Source Graphic.

To create a Source Graphic, select Graphics > Upgrade to Source Graphic.

Change stroke styles

Lines and shapes that you draw in the Essential Graphics panel have a solid line by default

Create Stroke Styles

  1. Select the layer in the Essential Graphics Panel, and navigate to the Edit tab.

  2. Select the wrench icon under Appearance. You can also select the hamburger icon  next to the Essential Graphics Panel.

    Graphic Properties
    Graphic Properties

  3. The Graphics Properties dialog box opens. Configure the following fields:

    • Line Join – Line Join sets the lines to miter, round, or bevel.
    Line Join
    Line Join

    • Line Cap – Line Cap sets the caps of lines to butt, round, or square.
    Line Cap
    Line Cap

    • Miter – Miter limit defines the maximum miter length before a miter join turns into a bevel. The default miter limit is 2.5.


    Miter is only enabled if the Line Join attribute is set to miter. It is the distance between the inner corner and the outer corner where two lines meet.

  4. Once the stroke style has been set, click OK.


Instead of setting Stroke Styles for each layer, you can set a global behavior under Text Properties of the Essential Graphics Panel. Text properties are found in the Essential Graphics Panel's spanner menu. Although settings applied from the wrench menu under Appearance, overrides the global settings temporarily.

Create multiple strokes

You can create multiple strokes for the same object. Adding multiple strokes to an object is the basis for creating many interesting effects. For example, you can create a second, narrower stroke on top of a wide stroke to make the text or shape more vibrant.

How to Create a Multiple Strokes Text Effect in Premiere Pro

Caroline Sears

  1. Select a text or shape object, or a layer in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Enable stroke for layer by clicking on the checkbox next to Stroke. Click the + icon next to Stroke in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics panel.

    Adding multiple strokes
    Adding multiple strokes

  3. Set the color and stroke width properties of the stroke.

    Here's a GIF illustrating how you can use this feature to create cool title effects.

    Creating cool titles using multiple strokes
    Creating cool titles using multiple strokes

Create multiple shadows

You can create multiple shadows for the same object. By adding multiple shadows to an object, you can create numerous interesting effects. For example, you can create a second, narrower shadow on top of a wide shadow to give the text or shape more depth.

  1. Select a text or shape object, or a layer in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Enable shadow for layer by clicking on the checkbox next to Shadow. Click the + icon next to Shadow in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics panel.

  3. You can adjust the opacity, angle, distance, size,  and blur of the shadow. 

Edit text backgrounds

You can edit the background of text to enhance your project. You can add rounded edges to the background of your text, or you can change the fill color, opacity and style. You can also save your preferences for future edits.

Create a background with rounded corners

  1. Select a text layer in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Click on the Background checkbox under the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics Panel to turn on the background.

  3. Use the Corner Radius slider or hot text to round the corners as needed.


The slider has a corner radius range of 0-100. The hot text has a range of 0-500 for fully rounded ends on large text layers.

Change the Background Fill Mode

  1. Select a text layer in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Click on the Graphics Properties button (wrench icon) under Appearance.

  3. In the Graphics Properties dialog, under Background Styles, set Fill Mode to Per-Line, then click OK.

Set the Fill Mode preference for future Text layers

  1. Select a text layer in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Go to the spanner menu (hamburger menu icon) at the top of the Essential Graphics Panel and choose Text Layer Preferences.

  3. In the Text Layer Preferences dialog, under Background Styles, set Fill Mode to Per-Line or All Lines, then click OK.

    That setting will be applied to the next Text Layer the user creates.

Create mask layers

You can use masks to create dynamic transitions, reveals, and wipe animations in Premiere Pro titles by converting text and shape to mask layers. Masks hide portions of a layer and reveal other portions of the layers below the graphic in the Essential Graphic panel layer stack.

  1. Select a text or graphics layer in the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Select the Mask with Shape or Mask with Text check box in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics Panel. 

    Mask with Text
    Mask with Text

    Mask with Shape
    Mask with Shape

    Premiere Pro creates a mask of that layer and renders everything outside the layer transparently, revealing the layers below it. 

    If you have created layer groups, then when you select a layer to mask, the mask is applied only for the other layers in that group. The mask does not extend to layers outside the group.

    Example of the type of effect you can create using masked layers
    Example of the type of effect you can create using masked layers

  3. Optional. With your layer still selected, click Mask Only Fill. This ensures that any strokes or shadows in the layer are excluded from the mask.

  4. Optional. Select Invert if you want everything visible outside the layer and transparent within the layer.

Check out the examples and sample files to learn how you can create fun reveal animations using masking techniques.

Animate layers in your graphics

You can animate text layers, shape layers, and paths using keyframes. You can add animation directly from within the Essential Graphics panel, or by using the Effect Controls panel.

Animating using the Essential Graphics panel

To add animation to your graphics using the Essential Graphics panel:

  1. Select the layer you want to animate in the Essential Graphics panel.

  2. Click the icon next to the property you want to animate (Position, Anchor Point, Scale, Rotation, or Opacity).

    This action toggles on animation for the property. The icon for the selected property turns blue to indicate that animation is active.

    Toggle animation for graphic layers
    Toggle animation for graphic layers


    Clicking the icon in Essential Graphics panel is the same as clicking the Stopwatch in Effect Controls panel. If you toggle on animation in one location, it appears active in the other view too.

    With animation toggled on in the Essential Graphics panel, each time you change the animated property, a new Keyframe is added to the Essential Graphics panel or Timeline.

  3. Move your playhead and adjust this property in the Essential Graphics panel or directly in the Program Monitor to record the keyframes.

  4. Refine your animation using the Effect Controls panel or by adjusting the keyframes in your timeline using the Show Clip Keyframes option.

Animating using the Effect Controls panel

To add animation to your graphics using the Effect Controls panel:

  1. Locate the layer you want to animate in the Effect Controls panel.

  2. To toggle animation for the desired property, click the Stopwatch icon.

  3. To achieve the effect you want, click Add/Remove keyframes

  4. To access interpolation settings such as Bezier curves and Ease In/Ease Out, right click a keyframe.

Edit and transform vector graphics

You can edit and transform vector graphics without rasterizing them using vector motion controls. It prevents pixelation and eliminates boundaries caused by undesired cropping.

You can edit vector graphics directly from within the Essential Graphics panel, or by using the Effect Controls panel.

  1. Double click in the Program Monitor to apply changes to the whole graphic using Vector Motion.

    Make sure that you do not double click on a Layer in the Program Monitor. That will select the layer for direct manipulation and not the whole graphic.

  2. You can apply changes to the whole graphic using Vector Motion in the Effect Controls panel. You can also use Motion, but this change rasterizes graphics and pixelates them when scaled.


    To remove pixelated text, remove existing keyframes. Re-create the animation using Vector Motion.

  3. You can edit parameters for Position, Scale, Rotation, and Anchor Points.

  4. Refine your animation using the Effect Controls panel or by adjusting the keyframes in your timeline using the Show Video Keyframes option.

Export your graphic as a Motion Graphics template

Export your Graphic, including all layers, effects and keyframes, as a Motion Graphics template for future reuse or sharing. 

Select Graphics > Export Motion Graphics template. You can also right-click the graphic clip in your timeline and select Export As Motion Graphics Template.

This export feature is only available for graphics created in Premiere Pro, not for .mogrt files that were originally created in After Effects. 


The Export As Motion Graphics Template option is unavailable or greyed out when two or more Graphics are selected or if it is an After Effects Graphic.

Export as Motion Graphics Template
Export as Motion Graphics Template


If you are creating a Motion Graphics template for your own future reuse, save it to the Local Templates folder. It is also available without installation if you export to a Library. You may have to filter to show that Library in the Broswe tab of the Essential Graphics panel.

Examples and sample files

For this exercise, you need the latest version of Premiere Pro (13.1) and this free clip from Adobe Stock (clip ID 222379417).

Viewing time: 10 minutes

Use the example below to learn how you can create cool reveal animations using a shape layer and a text layer. 

  1. Create a shape layer and a text layer.

  2. To convert the shape layer to a mask, select the shape and click Mask with Shape

    Mask text with shape
    Mask text with shape

  3. In the Effect Controls panel, animate the position of the text. 

    Animating the position of the title using the Effect Controls panel
    Animating the position of the title using the Effect Controls panel

  4. To position the text outside the masking shape layer for frame 0, click the Keyframe tool  in the Effect Controls panel.

  5. Move the playhead in the Effect Controls panel to the right and change the Position value of the text until it is revealed in the shape mask. 

  6. Move the playhead back to frame 0 and press Play. Check and tweak the animation if necessary.

Viewing time: 45 seconds

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