The Graphics workspace and Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro provide a powerful workflow that allows you to create titles, graphics, and animations 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.
Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro
You can create graphics such as titles, lower thirds, and bumpers directly within Premiere Pro using the Graphics workspace. Graphics can be created directly in the Program monitor using the Type tool and shape tools, then refined with the features in the Essential Graphics panel.
- Graphic clips can contain multiple text and shape layers, similar to layers in Photoshop, and can be edited as a single clip in your sequence. When you first create a text or shape layer, a graphic clip containing that layer gets created in your timeline at the playhead location. If you already have a graphic clip selected in your sequence, then the text or shape layer you created gets added to the existing graphic clip.
- Use the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel to see your layers and adjust your graphic, including adjusting the appearance of individual layers, changing layer order, and taking advantage of the Responsive Design features for time and position.
- Add animation to your graphics by keyframing the layers in the Effect Controls panel. You can also toggle animation for each transform property using the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.
- Any graphics you create in Premiere Pro can be exported as a Motion Graphics template (.mogrt) to Creative Cloud libraries or your local disk for sharing or reuse.
- The Essential Graphics panel also allows you to browse Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt) saved locally or in your Creative Cloud Libraries and search Adobe Stock for Motion Graphics templates. For more information, see Using Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro.
Click the Program Monitor where you want to position your text, and start typing. A single click creates text on a point, while a click drag creates text in a box, which allows the text to wrap automatically within the border of the box. This behavior is the same as the Area text tool in the legacy Titler.
- Fill: Change the color of text by selecting the text, clicking the Fill color in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics panel, and choosing a color.
- Stroke: Change the stroke (border) of the text by choosing the text, clicking the Stroke color and choosing a color. You can also add multiple strokes to your text and create cool effects. For more information, see Create multiple strokes.
- Background: Change the background of the text by choosing the text, and clicking the Background color option. You can then adjust the opacity and size of the background. If you don't want any background for the text, deselect the Background option.
- Shadow: Change the shadow of the text by choosing the text, and clicking the Shadow color option. You can then adjust various shadow properties such as distance, angle, opacity, size, and blur.
You can replace fonts in a project by updating all fonts simultaneously instead of updating the fonts 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 item to change the font of all the layers simultaneously.
Premiere Pro has a Rectangle tool, an Ellipse tool, and a Pen tool for creating free-form shapes and paths.
You can add image and video sources as layers within your graphic.
You can create clip layers using one of the following methods:
- In the Edit pane of the Essential Graphics panel, select the New Item icon and choose From file.
- In the application menu bar, select Graphics > New Layer > From file.
- Select a graphic clip in your timeline, and drag the video or image master clip from your Project panel into the layer pane of the Essential Graphics panel
You can select multiple layers within a graphic clip and align or distribute them in the Essential Graphics Panel.
You can align layers by their top edges, vertical centers, bottom edges, left edges, horizontal centers, or right edges.
You can distribute layers horizontally or vertically.
When you have only one layer selected, using the align buttons aligns the shape or text layer to the video frame. When you have two or more layers selected, the buttons align the layers in relation to each other.
Distribute commands are disabled (greyed out) until three or more layers are selected.
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.
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.
Select the Mask with Shape or Mask with Text checkbox in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics Panel.
Premiere Pro creates a mask of that layer and renders everything outside of the layer transparently, revealing the layers below it.
If you have created layer groups, then when you select a layer to mask, then the mask is applied only for the other layers in that group. The mask does not extend to layers outside the group.
New layers in the Essential Graphics panel are always added to the top of the list. However in the Effects Control panel, new layers are displayed at the bottom of the list. So, children within a group children of group appear above the parent in the Effects Control panel, while they appear below them in the Essential Graphics panel.
Use the example below to learn how you can create cool reveal animations using a shape layer and a text layer.
Text layers, shape layers, and paths can be animated using keyframes. You can add animation directly from within the Essential Graphics panel, or by using the Effect Controls panel.
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.
Clicking the icon in Essential Graphics panel is the same as clicking on the Stopwatch in Effect Controls panel. If you toggle on animation in one location, it appears active in the other view too.
You can edit and transform vector graphics without rasterizing them using vector motion controls. This 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.
Responsive Design for Motion Graphics makes it possible to design rolls and graphics that respond intelligently to changes in duration and layer positioning.
You can create title or credit rolls that move vertically over the screen by enabling Roll. When Roll is enabled, you see a transparent blue scroll bar in the Program Monitor.
This scroll bar allows you to scroll the text and graphics in your credit roll for easier editing, without having to move the playhead in the timeline to a specific position.
The length of the title clip in the sequence determines the speed of the roll. The more you increase the graphic clip length, the slower the movement.
You can define segments of your graphics that preserve intro and outro animations, even when the overall duration of the graphic changes. Keyframes that fall within these time ranges get pinned to the beginning and end of the clip. Because the keyframes are pinned, you can change the overall duration of the graphic clip, while maintaining its entrance and exit animations.
A transparent white overlay on your graphic clip in the timeline and in the Effect Controls panel indicate the intro and outro segments of the clip. These segments can be defined either in the Essential Graphics panel or in the Effect Controls panel. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to specify intro and outro duration.
Specify intro and outro duration using keyboards shortcuts
You can set keyboard shortcuts for specifying Intro and Outro duration using the keyboard shortcut map under Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts are not assigned by default. These commands are used to assign keyboard shortcuts:
- Set Intro End
- Set Outro Start
To use your keyboard shortcuts for Intro and Outro duration:
You can design your graphics to automatically adapt to changes in the video frame aspect ratio, or to the position or scale properties of another graphic layer (such as when changing the number of characters in your title or lower third).
Small blue pins on the Program Monitor indicate whether the currently selected layer is pinned to another layer.
To define positional relationships between layers:
Master Styles allow you to define text properties such as font, color, and size as presets. This feature enables you to apply the same style quickly across multiple layers in different graphics in your timeline.
Once you apply a Master Style to a graphic clip or to a text layer within a graphic clip, the text automatically inherits all changes to the Master Style, allowing you to change multiple graphics at once.
When you create a Master Style, a thumbnail image of the style gets added to your project panel. Click drag this thumbnail onto one or more graphic objects in the timeline to update all the text layers in that graphics at once.
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 choosing the desired Master Style from the drop-down list.
You can use the Upgrade to Master Graphic option to create a Master Clip item in your Project Panel from a graphic clip in your sequence. Any graphic clips made from that Master Graphic, including the one you upgraded it from, are duplicates of each other. Any changes made to the text, style, or contents in an instance of a Master Graphic get reflected in all other instances of the Master Graphic.
To create a Master Graphic, select Graphics > Upgrade to Master Graphic.
Instead of setting Stroke Styles for each layer, you can set a global behavior under Text Properties of the Essential Graphics Panel. Although, settings applied from the wrench menu under Appearance, overrides the global settings temporarily.
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.
Export your graphic clip, including all layers and animation, as a Motion Graphics template for future reuse or sharing.