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.
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 Windows > Essential Graphics.
A. Browse panel B. Edit panel
Use this tab to browse Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt files). These are already created text and graphic templates you can easily drag to your timeline and customize. For more information, see Browsing and managing Motion Graphics templates.
Graphic clips can contain multiple text and shape layers, similar to layers in Photoshop. These layers can be edited as a single clip in your sequence. When you create a text or shape layer, a graphic clip containing that layer is 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 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 Creative Cloud libraries or your local disk for sharing or reuse.
You can create a graphic clip even if the sequence does not contain any video clips.
You can create a title using the text layer. To create a text layer in Premiere Pro, do the following:
Use the Selection Tool (V) to manipulate text and shape layers directly in the Program Monitor. You can adjust the position of a layer and rotate it. You can also change the Anchor point, the scale, and the size of the text box.
Make sure that the text tool is deselected. If not, you create an extra text layer. Before making any changes, make sure to select the Selection Tool.
A. Align and Transform B. Text C. Fill D. Stroke
- 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 create stroke styles, or 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 Pen Tool, a Rectangle Tool, and an Ellipse Tool for creating free-form shapes and paths.
Click and hold on the Pen tool to expose the Rectangle and Shape tools. Then, select the desired shape tool from the toolbar and draw a shape.
Hold down the shift key while dragging to create a shape with locked dimensions such as a square or circle.
A. Align and Transform B. Fill C. Stroke D. Shadow
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 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 graphic clip in your Project panel or timeline. Drag the video or image master clip from your Project panel into the layer pane of the Essential Graphics panel
Make sure that the graphic is selected in the Program Monitor. If the graphic is not selected, the options are not available.
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 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. For example 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:
To define which edge the child layer should be pinned to, use the diagram on the right side - Top, Bottom, Left or Right of the parent.
For example, you have a rectangle containing text. If you pin the rectangle to the text, the text responds automatically to any change in the rectangle.
Use the square in the center to quickly toggle on or off pinning for all edges.
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. You do not have 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. Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows) or Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts(macOS). 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:
The keyboard shortcuts are enabled only when the timeline is selected.
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.
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 unavailable 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.
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. You can change multiple graphics at once.
When you create a Master Style, a thumbnail image of the style gets added to your project panel. To update all the text layers in that graphics at once, click drag this thumbnail onto one or more graphic objects 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 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.
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 check box in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics Panel.
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.
Check out the examples and sample files to learn how you can create fun reveal animations using masking techniques.
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.
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 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. 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.
Export your graphic clip, including all layers and animation, 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.
If the Export As Motion Graphics Template option is unavailable or greyed out, make sure that the layer is not selected in the Program monitor. Select the graphic clip from the timeline panel and try again.
If you are creating a Motion Graphics template for your own future reuse, save it to the Local Templates folder. It is automatically available in the Browse tab of the Essential Graphics panel and you do not have to install it.
Use the example below to learn how you can create cool reveal animations using a shape layer and a text layer.