The Graphics workspace and Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro provide a powerful workflow that allows you to create titles, brand identities, and other graphics 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.
Type tool 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.
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.
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.
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 CC > 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.
Export your graphic clip, including all layers and animation, as a Motion Graphics template for future reuse or sharing.