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Using the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro

Using the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro
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The new Essential Graphics panel in After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC allows you to build custom controls for motion graphics and then share those controls as Motion Graphics templates via Creative Cloud Libraries, or as a local file. Create lower-third titles, brand identities, or other graphics, and share them with your team. For information on how to create Motion Graphics templates in After Effects, see Creating Motion Graphics templates using Essential Graphics Panel.

When you share the composition as a Motion Graphics template, the controls you added to the Essential Graphics panel are accessible in Premiere Pro. In Premiere Pro, you can browse and apply Motion Graphics templates in the Essential Graphics panel, and then control the parameters you added to the template in After Effects. A new workspace for working with the Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro, named Graphics, is available from the workspace bar. You can access this option from the Window > Workspace menu. You can also author Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro by using the new text and shape tools. 

You need a trial version of After Effects installed on your computer to use templates created using After Effects. For more information, see Motion Graphics templates/Common Questions

Using Motion Graphics templates created in After Effects inside Premiere Pro

Using Motion Graphics templates created in After Effects inside Premiere Pro
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  1. Open the Essential Graphics panel from the Window menu > Essential Graphics.

    Opening the Essential Graphics Panel
    Opening the Essential Graphics Panel

  2. To add a template from a different directory on your local drive to the Essential Graphics directory, click Install Motion Graphics Template button to the right of the location menu or choose Install Motion Graphics Template from the Graphics menu.

  3. To browse for templates in your Creative Cloud Libraries or your local drive, click the Browse tab in the Essential Graphics panel.

     

    Click on the Browse tab in the Essential Graphics panel to browse templates in your Creative Cloud Libraries or your local drive.

     
    Using the Browse tab in Essential Graphics panel
    Using the Browse tab in Essential Graphics panel

  4. You can click the location menu above the Browse tab to choose templates from either your local Essential Graphics directory or your Libraries. This directory contains those templates that you saved to your local drive.

  5. You can also open a folder in the Essential Graphics directory from the Choose Folder menu.

  6. To add a folder to the Essential Graphics directory, click the Add Folder button.

    Adding a folder
    Adding a folder

  7. To organize your templates, right-click a template and choose Move, Rename, or Delete.

    Renaming, moving, or deleting a folder
    Renaming, moving, or deleting a folder

Adding Motion Graphic Templates to a Sequence

  1. To add a template from the Essential Graphics panel, open Essential Graphics panel and click the Browse tab.

  2. Select the template that you want to use and drag it into a video track in your sequence.

  3. When you add a template to a sequence, Premiere Pro shows media as offline until the template completes loading. If the templates that you added requires fonts that have not been installed, you can resolve the fonts that are missing.

  4. To convert a track item template to a master clip project item, drag-and-drop from the Timeline panel to the Project panel.

  5. After adding a template to your sequence, you can control the parameters of the template in the Essential Graphics panel to modify its appearance.    

How to make adjustments to a Motion Graphics Template

  1. To control a template, select the template in your sequence.

  2. Select Essential Graphics panel > Edit to change the template controls as desired. 

  3. The templates get updated as you change the controls. 

Creating Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro

You can choose to create Graphics within Premiere Pro using several new Tools in the Tool Palette. This includes a Type Tool, Vertical Type, Rectangle Tool, Pen Tool and an Ellipse Tool. These tools allow you to create Graphic Layers directly in the Program Monitor. These layers are added to a new type of clip on the Timeline, called a Graphic Object. A Graphic Object is a compositing stack of one or more layers that can be edited as a single object.

Further, you can use the Essential Graphics panel to include the compositing stack and manipulate it. It also lets you interact with the settings for each individual layer. In addition, each layer is also part of the stack in the Effect Controls Panel, and can be keyframed there.

Creating graphics using Titler

You can easily create titles directly on your video using the Essential Graphics panel in Adobe Premiere Pro. You can add text, shapes, and so on, to layers that you can rearrange and adjust. The title can also be saved as a Motion Graphics template which can be reused and shared.

Using Premiere Pro Titler to create graphics

Using Premiere Pro Titler to create graphics
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Creating Text Layers

  • Open the Essential Graphics panel from the Window menu > Essential Graphics.
  • With your sequence already open in the Timeline panel, click Graphics in the workspace bar at the top of the screen or select Window > Workspaces > Graphics from the main menu. 
  • To create text layers, select the Type Tool and click the Program Monitor. A single click creates text at a point, while a click-and-drag creates text in a box. Once you have created a text layer, you can select it and get it ready for typing. The new text layer has the same characteristics of the last Text Layer that was selected.
  • Text Layers live inside a graphic clip inside a timeline. If you have not selected a graphic clip, a new one is created for you at the playhead location in the active timeline. It gets created using the default still length, and is placed on the lowest available track with sufficient open space. If there is a selected graphic object, then the new Text Layer gets added to it.
  • Use the selection tool to provide standard direct manipulation for all Graphics Layer types. You can also drag to reposition, change the anchor, change the scale, change the size of the text box, and rotate. The Type Tool allows for manipulation of the text itself, either by positioning the caret or selecting a range of text.
  • The Graphics panel allows access to various settings specific to Text Layers, including Font, Font Size, and a variety of format and appearance controls. If the Type Tool is active, then the settings represent the settings at the caret position, or for the range of selected text if a selection is present. If any other tool is active, then changes affect the entire text.
Loading Motion Graphics templates
Loading Motion Graphics templates

Creating Shape Layers

  • You can use the Rectangle, Pen and Ellipse Tools that are available with Shape Layers.
  • To create a Shape Layer, click and drag using the Rectangle Tool in the Program Monitor just like how you create using the Type Tool.
  • You can also animate the path separately. 

Creating Clip Layers

  • You can use any item in the Project which has an image or video source as a layer in a Graphic object, including sequences. To create a Clip Layer, drag a Master Clip from the Project into the layers or into the Graphics Panel. Alternatively, clip Layers can also be created by importing a new piece of media using the From File…” Import New Clip Layer… command. 
  • You can combine more than one layer into an object which is then edited as a single clip in the timeline. Graphics Objects do not have Master Clips in the Project Panel. This is because each Graphic Object would have different text, even if the rest of the settings remain the same. If you use Master Clip graphics, you can turn a normal Graphics Object into a Master Clip using the Upgrade to Master Graphic command.
  • The Graphic layers get moved to Master Clip Effects and get shared by all subsequent timeline objects that you make from that Master Clip. To implement a Roll, use the Motion Settings. Select Graphics > Create Roll Keyframes that automatically generates title roll keyframes for selected objects, timed to its current length. These keyframes are standard, and can be modified.

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