Modify text and objects in the Premiere Pro Titler, applying changes to stack order, aligning and distributing text and objects, and transforming objects.

Change the stacking order of objects in titles

An object is any shape or text box you create in the Titler. When you create objects that overlap each other, you can control their stacking order in the Titler.

  1. Select the object you want to move.
  2. Choose Title > Arrange and then choose one of the following:

    Bring To Front

    Brings the selected object to the top of the stacking order.

    Bring Forward

    Switches the selected object with the object directly in front of it.

    Send To Back

    Moves the selected object to the bottom of the stacking order.

    Send Backward

    Switches the selected object with the object directly behind it.

    Note:

    If your text or shape elements are densely stacked, selecting an element within the stack is difficult. You can use the Title> Select command to navigate easily through the stacked elements to reach the target element.

Align and distribute objects in titles

The Title Actions panel includes buttons to arrange objects in the drawing area. You can align, center, and distribute objects along horizontal or vertical axes.

Title Actions panel
Title Actions Panel

A. Horizontal alignment buttons B. Vertical centering button C. Horizontal distribution buttons D. Vertical alignment buttons E. Horizontal centering button F. Vertical distribution buttons 

Center objects in titles

  1. In the Titler, select one or more objects.
  2. In the Title Actions panel, click the button for the type of centering you want.

    Note:

    You can center objects using the Title > Position command and selecting the option you want. Also, you can choose Title > Position > Lower Third to position the selected object along the bottom edge of the title-safe margin. To center an object both horizontally and vertically within the drawing area, click both centering buttons.

Align objects in titles

An alignment option aligns selected objects to the object that most closely represents the new alignment. For example, for right alignment, all selected objects align to the selected object that is farthest to the right.

  1. In the Titler, select two or more objects.
  2. In the Title Actions panel, click the button for the type of alignment you want.

Distribute objects in titles

A distribution option evenly spaces selected objects between the two most extreme objects. For example, for a vertical distribution option, the selected objects are distributed between the highest and lowest selected objects.

When you distribute objects of different sizes, the spaces between objects vary. For example, distributing objects by their centers creates equal space between the centers—but different-sized objects extend by different amounts into the space between objects. To create uniform spacing between selected objects, use the Horizontal Even Spacing or Vertical Even Spacing option.

  1. In the Titler, select three or more objects.
  2. In the Title Actions panel, click the button for the type of distribution you want.

Transform objects in titles

You can adjust an object’s position, rotation, scale, and opacity—attributes collectively referred to as transform properties. To transform an object, drag it to the drawing area, choose a command from the Title menu, or use controls in the Title Properties panel.

Adjust an object’s opacity

  1. Select an object or group of objects.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • In the Transform section of the Title Properties panel, adjust the Opacity value.

    • Choose Title > Transform > Opacity, type a new Opacity value, and click OK.

    Note:

    The opacity property setting adjusts the opacity of objects within a title. You can set the overall opacity of the entire title in the sequence as you would that of any video clip, using effects.

Adjust the position of objects

  1. Select an object, or Shift-click to select multiple objects.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • In the drawing area, drag any of the selected objects to a new position.

    • Choose Title > Transform > Position and type new X and Y Position values; then click OK.

    • In the Transform section of the Title Properties panel, enter values for X Position and Y Position.

    • Use the arrow keys to nudge the object in 1-pixel increments, or press Shift+arrow key to nudge the object in 5-pixel increments.

    • Choose Title > Position and choose an option to center the selected object or align its bottom edge with the bottom of the title-safe margin.

Scale objects

  1. Select an object, or Shift-click to select multiple objects.
    • To scale the width, drag any object’s left or right handles in the drawing area.

    • To scale the height, drag the object’s top or bottom handles in the drawing area.

    • To constrain the object proportions, Shift-drag the corner and side handles.

    • To scale and constrain the aspect ratio, Shift-drag any object’s corner handles.

    • To scale from the center, Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) any object’s corner handles.

    • To set scale values in terms of percentages, choose Title > Transform > Scale, specify the values you want, and click OK.

    • To set scale values in terms of pixels, specify values for Width and Height in the Title Properties panel.

    Note:

    Dragging the handles of a text object created with the Horizontal Type or Vertical Type tool changes its font size. If the scaling is not uniform, the text’s aspect value also changes.

Change the rotation angle of objects

  1. Select an object, or Shift-click to select multiple objects.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • In the drawing area, place the cursor just outside any object’s corner points. When the cursor becomes the Rotate icon , drag in the direction you want to adjust the angle. Shift-drag to constrain the rotation to 45° increments.

    • Select the rotation tool and drag any object in the direction you want.

    • Choose Title > Transform > Rotation, type a new Rotation value, and click OK.

    • Enter a value for Rotation in the Title Properties panel, or expand the Rotation category heading and drag the angle control.

Distort an object or multiple objects

  1. Select the object, or Shift-click to select multiple objects.
  2. In the Properties section of the Title Properties panel, click the triangle next to Distort to show its X and Y options. Adjust the x value to distort the text along the x-axis. Adjust the y value to distort along the y-axis.

    Note:

    Distort affects an entire graphic object’s horizontal (X) or vertical (Y) aspect. However, it affects each character in a text object individually.

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