Effect presets

Premiere Elements includes several effect presets, which are common, preconfigured effects that you can apply to clips. For instance, the Tint Blue preset adds a light blue tint to an entire image. Typically, presets provide good results without having to adjust their properties. After you apply a preset, you can change its properties. You can also create your own presets.

The included effect presets are available under the Presets category in the Effects panel. Presets are grouped in the following categories:

Bevel Edges

Create thick or thin edges that resemble picture frames.

Blurs

Create blurs of varying degrees at the In or Out points of a clip.

Color Effects

Create tints of varying color and intensity.

Drop Shadows

Create either static or animated shadows. Shadow presets have suffixes that indicate the direction that the shadow is cast or the direction that it moves. For example, LL indicates that the shadow is cast to the lower left. For moving shadows, the appendix is hyphenated. Therefore, LR‑LL indicates that the shadow moves from the lower right to the lower left. To ensure that shadows are visible, apply shadows to images that are smaller than the project’s frame size and make sure that the background image is not black.

Horizontal/Vertical Image Pans

Create animations in which the entire image moves left and right or up and down as the video plays. For example, an L‑R horizontal pan moves the image from left to right.

Horizontal/Vertical Image Zooms

Create animated zoom effects.

Mosaics, Solarizes, and Twirls

Create animated effects that either decrease in intensity from the beginning of the clip or increase in intensity as the clip ends.

PiPs

Create Picture‑in‑Picture effects by scaling the target clip so that you can superimpose it onto a full‑sized clip. You can also apply this effect to several clips in order to create a montage.

note: For descriptions of the effects used in the presets, search for the effect name in Help.

Apply an effect preset

If you apply a preset to a clip, and the preset contains properties for an effect that is already applied to the clip, the clip is modified using the following rules:

  • If the effect preset contains a fixed effect (Motion, Opacity, or Volume), applying the preset replaces the existing effect properties.

  • If the effect preset contains a standard (non-fixed) effect, the effect is added to the bottom of the list of effects.

  1. Click Effects in the Action bar to display the Applied Effects panel.
  2. Expand the Presets category, and drag an effect preset to a clip in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.
  3. To preview the effect, click the Play button in the Monitor panel.

Create an effect preset

You can create presets containing one or multiple effects. After you create an effect preset, it appears under the My Presets category in the Effects panel.

  1. Select the clip that uses the effect you want to save as a preset.
  2. Click Applied Effects to open the Applied Effects panel.
  3. Right-click/ctrl-click one or more effects, and choose Save Preset.
  4. In the Save Preset dialog box, specify a name for your preset.
  5. (Optional) Enter a description for the preset.
  6. Select one of the following preset types to specify how Premiere Elements will handle keyframes when you apply the preset to a target clip, and then click OK:

    Scale

    Scales the source keyframes proportionally to the length of the target clip. This action deletes any existing keyframes on the target clip.

    Anchor To In Point

    Positions the preset’s first keyframe at the same distance from the target clip’s In point as it was from the original clip’s In point. For example, if the first keyframe was 1 second from the In point of the source clip when you saved the preset, this option adds the keyframe at 1 second from the In point of the target clip, and adds all other keyframes relative to that position without any scaling.

    Anchor To Out Point

    Positions the preset’s last keyframe at the same distance from the target clip’s Out point as it was from the original clip’s Out point. For example, if the first keyframe was 1 second from the Out point of the source clip when you saved the preset, this option adds the keyframe at 1 second from the Out point of the target clip, and adds all other keyframes relative to that position without any scaling.

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