Select the Type Tool (T) or Vertical Type Tool from the tools panel.
The Graphics workspace and Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro provides 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 Window > Essential Graphics.
A. Browse tab B. Edit tab
Premiere Graphics can contain multiple text, shape and clip layers, similar to layers in Photoshop. Multiple Layers can be contained inside a single Graphic track item in your sequence. When you create a new layer, a graphic clip containing that layer is added to your timeline, starting at the playhead location. If you already have a graphic track item selected then the next 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 Local Templates Folder, Local Drive, Creative Cloud libraries for sharing or reuse.
You can create Graphic Layers even if the sequence does not yet contain any video clips.
Create a title using the Type tool in the Program Monitor or the New Layer > Text commands in the Graphics Menu.
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To create a text layer in Premiere Pro, do the following:
Select the Type Tool (T) or Vertical Type Tool from the tools panel.
Click the Program Monitor where you want to position your text, and start typing. A single click creates text on a point. A click drag creates text in a box, which allows the text to wrap automatically within the border of the box.
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 and scale of a text layer as well as the dimensions of a text in a box.
Make sure that the text tool is deselected. If not, you will create an extra text layer. Before making further changes using Direct Manipulation, make sure to select the Selection Tool.
Adjust the appearance of your text using the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.
A. Align and Transform B. Text C. Fill D. Stroke
Some of the properties you can edit are:
You can replace fonts in a project, updating all fonts simultaneously instead of updating them 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 command to change the font of all the layers simultaneously.
Select Graphics > Replace Fonts in Project.
The Replace Fonts in Projects window panel opens containing a list of fonts used in the project.
Under Replacement Font, type in the font you want to replace with.
Replace Fonts will replace all instances of the chosen fonts across all sequences and all open projects. It is not just for changing fonts for all layers in one Graphic.
Once the Replacement Font has been selected, click OK.
Premiere Pro has a Pen Tool, a Rectangle Tool, and an Ellipse Tool for creating free-form shapes and paths.
Only the pen tool creates free shapes, but it can be used to modify a rectangle or ellipse into a more irregular shape.
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
Use the Selection tool (V) to directly manipulate your shape, including change the position, scale, rotation, and Anchor point.
The Pen tool (P) can be used to manipulate the vertices and handles of a shape.
Adjust the appearance of shapes using the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.
You can add still image and video clips as layers within your graphic. You can create clip layers using one of the following methods:
Make sure that the graphic is selected in the Program Monitor. If the graphic is not selected, the options are not available.
Also note that there are various Editable properties for each type of selected layer, multiple selected layers, and for whole Graphics (Graphic is selected but no layers are).
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 also distribute layers vertically or horizontally.
Select the graphic and click the align icons in the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.
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.
Select multiple layers in the Essential Graphics panel.
Do one of the following:
To add layers to a group, do one of the following:
To ungroup layers, select the layers and move them out of the group.
Premiere Pro supports inline name editing. Shape layers and clip layers can be renamed in the Essential Graphics Panel. To rename a layer in the Essential Graphics Panel, do the following:
Click on the name of the layer.
Edit the name in the text field.
To save the new name, do one of the following:
Inline name editing does not work for text layers because the name of the text layer is the text shown in the Program Monitor.
Alternately, you can right-click on a shape or clip layer in the Essential Graphics Panel. Select Rename from the pop-up list. Type a new name in the text field and click OK.
Styles (previously known as Master Styles) allow you to define text properties such as font, color, and size as styles. This feature enables you to apply the same style quickly across multiple layers in different graphics in your timeline.
Once you apply a Style to a graphic clip or to a text layer within a graphic clip, the text automatically inherits all changes from the Style. You can change multiple graphics at once.
To create a Style:
Select the graphic clip in your timeline and navigate to the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.
Select a text layer and give it the stylistic properties that you want for font, size, and appearance.
When you have the desired look, under the Styles section from the drop-down list, select Create Style.
Name your text style and click OK.
The Style appears in your project panel and is available in the Styles drop-down list. You can then apply this style to other text layers and graphic clips in your project.
When you create a Style, a thumbnail image of the style gets added to your project panel. To update all the text layers in a Graphic at once, drag the Style item from the Project Panel and drop it onto a Graphic 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 Style from the drop-down list.
Align and Transform properties are not included as part of Styles.
You can use the Upgrade to Source Graphic (previously known as Upgrade to Master Graphic) option to create a Source Clip (previously known as Master Clip) item in your Project Panel from a graphic clip in your sequence.
Any new graphics made from a Source Graphic, including the one you upgraded from, are always exact duplicates of each other. This include the source text string. Any changes made to the text, style, or contents in an instance of a Source Graphic get reflected in all other instances of the Source Graphic.
To create a Source Graphic, select Graphics > Upgrade to Source Graphic.
Lines and shapes that you draw in the Essential Graphics panel have a solid line by default
Select the layer in the Essential Graphics Panel, and navigate to the Edit tab.
Select the wrench icon under Appearance. You can also select the hamburger icon next to the Essential Graphics Panel.
The Graphics Properties dialog box opens. Configure the following fields:
Miter is only enabled if the Line Join attribute is set to miter. It is the distance between the inner corner and the outer corner where two lines meet.
Once the stroke style has been set, click OK.
Instead of setting Stroke Styles for each layer, you can set a global behavior under Text Properties of the Essential Graphics Panel. Text properties are found in the Essential Graphics Panel's spanner menu. 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.
Select a text or shape object, or a layer in the Essential Graphics panel.
Enable stroke for layer by clicking on the checkbox next to Stroke. Click the + icon next to Stroke in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics panel.
Set the color and stroke width properties of the stroke.
Here's a GIF illustrating how you can use this feature to create cool title effects.
You can create multiple shadows for the same object. By adding multiple shadows to an object, you can create numerous interesting effects. For example, you can create a second, narrower shadow on top of a wide shadow to give the text or shape more depth.
Select a text or shape object, or a layer in the Essential Graphics panel.
Enable shadow for layer by clicking on the checkbox next to Shadow. Click the + icon next to Shadow in the Appearance section of the Essential Graphics panel.
You can adjust the opacity, angle, distance, size, and blur of the shadow.
You can edit the background of text to enhance your project. You can add rounded edges to the background of your text, or you can change the fill color, opacity and style. You can also save your preferences for future edits.
The slider has a corner radius range of 0-100. The hot text has a range of 0-500 for fully rounded ends on large text layers.
Select a text layer in the Essential Graphics panel.
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 a text or graphics layer in the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel.
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.
Select Invert if you want everything visible outside the layer and transparent within the layer.
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.
To add animation to your graphics using the Essential Graphics panel:
Select the layer you want to animate in the Essential Graphics 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.
With animation toggled on in the Essential Graphics panel, each time you change the animated property, a new Keyframe is added to the Essential Graphics panel or Timeline.
Move your playhead and adjust this property in the Essential Graphics panel or directly in the Program Monitor to record the keyframes.
Refine your animation using the Effect Controls panel or by adjusting the keyframes in your timeline using the Show Clip Keyframes option.
To add animation to your graphics using the Effect Controls panel:
Locate the layer you want to animate in the Effect Controls panel.
To toggle animation for the desired property, click the Stopwatch icon.
To achieve the effect you want, click Add/Remove keyframes.
To access interpolation settings such as Bezier curves and Ease In/Ease Out, right click a keyframe.
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.
Double click in the Program Monitor to apply changes to the whole graphic using Vector Motion.
Make sure that you do not double click on a Layer in the Program Monitor. That will select the layer for direct manipulation and not the whole graphic.
You can apply changes to the whole graphic using Vector Motion in the Effect Controls panel. You can also use Motion, but this change rasterizes graphics and pixelates them when scaled.
To remove pixelated text, remove existing keyframes. Re-create the animation using Vector Motion.
You can edit parameters for Position, Scale, Rotation, and Anchor Points.
Refine your animation using the Effect Controls panel or by adjusting the keyframes in your timeline using the Show Video Keyframes option.
Export your Graphic, including all layers, effects and keyframes, 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.
The Export As Motion Graphics Template option is unavailable or greyed out when two or more Graphics are selected or if it is an After Effects Graphic.
If you are creating a Motion Graphics template for your own future reuse, save it to the Local Templates folder. It is also available without installation if you export to a Library. You may have to filter to show that Library in the Broswe tab of 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.
Create a shape layer and a text layer.
To convert the shape layer to a mask, select the shape and click Mask with Shape.
In the Effect Controls panel, animate the position of the text.
To position the text outside the masking shape layer for frame 0, click the Keyframe tool in the Effect Controls panel.
Move the playhead in the Effect Controls panel to the right and change the Position value of the text until it is revealed in the shape mask.
Move the playhead back to frame 0 and press Play. Check and tweak the animation if necessary.
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