Learn how to enter, position, format, and customize text along a path, in a box, and more in this detailed explanation of how to work in the Premiere Pro Titler.

Enter text in titles

When adding text to a title, you can use any font on your system, including Type 1 (PostScript), OpenType, and TrueType fonts. Installing Premiere Pro (and other Adobe applications) adds fonts to the shared Adobe resources.

Note:

You can insert special characters, such as the © symbol, into point text or paragraph text. Copy the characters from a word processor or from the Character Map accessory (Windows only) and paste them into the correct text location in the Titler.

You can copy and paste formatted text objects between the Premiere Pro Titler and other applications such as After Effects, Photoshop, Encore, and Illustrator.

Depending on the tool you choose in the Titler, you can create point text or paragraph text. When you create point text, you specify an insertion point where you want to begin typing. Typing continues on a single line unless you enable the word wrap feature. Word wrap continues the text on a new line when it reaches the edge of the title-safe area. When you create paragraph text, you specify a text box in which the text fits. The text in a text box wraps automatically within the borders of the box.

Dragging the corner handle of a point-text object scales the text, Dragging the corner of a text box reflows the text it contains. If a text box is too small to contain the characters you type, you can resize it to reveal the hidden text. Text boxes that contain hidden characters have a plus sign (+) on the right side of the box.

You can also create path text. Instead of following a straight baseline, path text follows a curve you create.

Text can be oriented horizontally or vertically along its baseline or path.

Type text without boundaries

  1. Open the Title Tools panel.
    • To type horizontal text, click the Type tool .

    • To type vertical text, click the Vertical Type tool .

  2. In the drawing area, click where you want to begin, and then type the text.

    Note:

    By default, text does not wrap. To make it wrap when it reaches the title-safe margin, choose Title > Word Wrap. When Word Wrap is deselected, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to begin a new line.

  3. When you finish typing, choose the Selection tool and click outside the text box area.

Wrap text automatically

You can set the titler to wrap text within the title safe area automatically.

  1. Select Title > Word Wrap.

Type horizontal or vertical text in a text box

  1. Open the Titler Tools panel.
    • To type horizontal text, click the Area Type tool .

    • To type vertical text, click the Vertical Area Type tool .

  2. In the drawing area, drag to create a text box.
  3. Type the text. The text wraps when it reaches the boundaries of the text box.
  4. When you finish typing, choose the Selection tool and click outside the text box.

    Note:

    Resizing the text box resizes only the visible area of the box. The text remains the same size.

Type text along a path

  1. In the Titler, click the Path Type tool or the Vertical Path Type tool . Using the path type tools is similar to drawing with Pen Tool.
  2. In the drawing area, click where you want the text to begin.
  3. Click or drag to create a second point.
  4. Continue clicking until you create the path shape you want.
  5. Type the text. When you type, the text begins along the top or right edge of the path. If necessary, adjust the path by dragging the object anchor points.

    Note:

    Resizing the text box created in this mode resizes only the visible area; the text remains the same size.

  6. When you finish, choose the Selection tool and click outside the text box.

Edit and select text

  1. Using the Selection tool, double-click the text at the point you want to edit or begin a selection. The tool changes to the Type tool, and a cursor indicates the insertion point.
    • To move the insertion point, click between characters or use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys.

    • To select a single character or group of contiguous characters, drag from the insertion point cursor to highlight the characters.

    You can format selected text using controls in the Titler main panel, the Title Properties panel, or menu commands. To format an entire text or graphic object, click the object and then modify its properties.

Format text in titles

Some object properties—such as fill color and shadow—are common to all objects you create in the Titler. Other properties are unique to text objects. Controls for font, font style, and type alignment are in the Titler panel above the drawing area. Other options are available in the Title Properties panel and the Title menu of the main menu bar.

At any time, you can change the fonts that you use for your titles. The Font Browser displays all of your installed fonts using a set of default characters, which you can customize.

When you choose a font in the Font Browser, it immediately applies to your title. The Font Browser remains open so that you can preview another font.

Note:

If you share title files with other users, make sure that their computers have the fonts that you used to create the shared title.

Specify a font

  1. Select the text and do one of the following:
    • Choose Title > Font and choose a font from the menu.

    • In the Title Properties panel, click the Font Family triangle to open the drop-down menu, and select a font.

Change the letters that appear in the Font Browser

When you open the drop-down menus for Font Family and Font Style, the Font Browser appears, showing example characters set in the various available fonts. You can determine which characters are used in the Font Browser.

  1. Select Edit > Preferences > Titler (Windows), or Premiere Pro > Preferences > Titler (Mac OS).
  2. Type the characters you would like displayed for Style Swatches (limit of two) and the Font Browser (limit of six) into their respective fields.
  3. Click > OK.

Change the font size

  1. Select the text and do one of the following:
    • Choose Title > Size and choose a font size.

    • Change the Font Size value in the Title Properties panel.

Change text orientation

  1. Select a text object.
  2. Choose Title > Orientation and select either Horizontal or Vertical.

Specify text properties

When you select any object in a title, its properties are listed in the Title Properties panel. Adjusting values in the panel alters the selected object. Text objects possess unique properties, such as leading and kerning.

Note:

Some text properties are not listed in the Title Properties panel. For example, you can set font, font style, and type alignment either in the Titler panel or in the Title menu. The Title menu also includes options for orientation, word wrap, tabs, and inserting a logo into a text box.

  1. Select the text object or range of text you want to modify.
  2. In the Title Properties panel, click the arrow next to Properties, and set values. Some of the options include:

    Font

    Specifies the font applied to the selected text object. To view a font in its typeface, use the Font Browser.

    Font Size

    Specifies the font’s size, in scan lines.

    Aspect

    Specifies the horizontal scale of the selected font. This value is some percentage of the font’s natural aspect ratio. Values less than 100% narrow the text. Values above 100% widen the text.

    Leading

    Specifies the amount of space between lines of type. For roman type, leading is measured from the baseline of one line of type to the baseline of the next line. For vertical text, leading is measured from the center of one line of type to the center of the next line. In the Titler, the baseline is the line underneath the text. You can apply more than one leading amount within the same paragraph. However, the largest leading value in a line of type determines the leading value for that line.

    Note:

    To turn the text baselines on or off, choose Title> View> Text Baselines. Text baselines appear only when you select the text object.

    Kerning

    Specifies the amount of space you add or subtract between specific character pairs. The value indicates the percentage of character width between the character pairs. Place the cursor at the point where you want to adjust kerning.

    Tracking

    Specifies the amount of space between a range of letters. The value indicates the percentage of character width between the specified range of characters. The direction of the text tracking is based on the justification of the text. For example, center-justified text tracks from the center. Adjusting the tracking is useful when your contiguous text has thick strokes that cause the characters to blend into each other, making them hard to read. Adjust the tracking for all the text in a text box by selecting the text box and changing the Tracking value. You can also adjust the tracking between specific contiguous characters by selecting only those characters and changing the Tracking value.

    Baseline Shift

    Specifies the distance of the characters from the baseline. Raise or lower the selected type to create superscripts or subscripts. Changing the Baseline Shift value affects all characters. Adjust the baseline shift for all the text in a text box by selecting the text box and changing the value. Adjust the baseline shift between specific contiguous characters by selecting only those characters and changing the value.

    Slant

    Specifies the slant of an object, in degrees.

    Small Caps

    When selected, specifies that all selected objects appear in uppercase.

    Small Caps Size

    Specifies the size of the small caps as some percentage of regular height. Adjusting this value changes the size of all characters in the text object except for the leading character. A Small Caps value of 100% sets the text to all capitals.

    Underline

    When selected, specifies that the selected text is underlined. This option is not available for text on a path.

Work with paragraph text

Tools in the Titler make it possible to quickly resize and align paragraph text.

Change paragraph justification

  1. Select a paragraph text object, and at the top of the Titler panel, do one of the following:

    • To justify text to the left of its text box, click Left .

    • To center the text in its text box, click Center .

    • To justify text to the right side of its text box, click Right .

Reflow paragraph text

  1. Select a paragraph text object.
    • Drag any handle of the paragraph text’s bounding box to resize the box.

Create tab stops in titles

You can apply tabs in a text box in much the same way as you would in a word-processing program. Tabs are especially useful in creating professional-looking rolling credits. You can set multiple tabs within a text box and press the Tab key to move the cursor to the next available tab stop. You can specify a different justification option at each tab stop.

Note:

Tabs work exclusively to align the characters within text objects. To align entire text or graphic objects, use the Align command.

Set and adjust a tab stop

  1. Select a text box.
  2. Choose Title > Tab Stops.
  3. Align the “0” line in the Tab Stops ruler with the left edge of the selected text box.
  4. Click the tab ruler above the numbers to create a tab. Drag the tab stop to adjust its position. As you drag, a yellow vertical line, or tab marker, indicates the tab’s position in the selected text box.
    • To create a tab stop with left-justified text, click the Left Justify tab marker .

    • To create a tab stop with center-justified text, click the Center tab marker .

    • To create a tab stop with right-justified text, click the Right Justify tab marker .

  5. Click OK to close the Tab Stops dialog box. The selected text box contains the tab stops you specified.

    Note:

    To make tab markers visible whenever selected (rather than only when the Tab Stops dialog box is open), choose Title > View > Tab Markers.

Delete a tab stop

  1. In the Tab Stops dialog box, drag the tab up, down, or off the tab ruler.

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