In this lesson, you will learn how to add titles to your videos using Premiere Pro.
To create a simple title in Premiere Pro go to Captions and Graphics > Essential Graphics Panel > Cick to Open the Panel. Under Browse, you’ll see a number of Presets you can select to create a readymade title or you can create a custom title from scratch under Edit.
We will start by creating a title using a Preset before showing you how to create a custom title using Edit.
Creating a Title Using a Preset
Starting in Browse, scroll through the Presets to find a title that fits your needs and simply click on it and drag it onto the sequence above your video clips.
Play your video and you’ll see the title appear with any animation it may have. You can go through the Presets and check out other styles and animations if you don’t like the one you’ve chosen.
When you click on your selected Preset you’ll notice that the essential graphics panel changes from Browse to Edit and you'll see all the elements that make up your title under Edit as well as in Effects Controls on the other side of the screen.
To edit your text, double-click on the text. As soon as you do the type tool is selected and the text is highlighted in red. Now you can type in whatever text you want.
Once you have typed your text you can move to the Align and Transform section to change the align and transform properties of you text. For example, if you want to align the text to the centre of the frame you can do so or you can align it vertically to the centre, and so on.
If you want to change the font style, size or colour of the text you would do so in Text. In Appearance you can make even further changes to the appearance of your text with fill, stroke, shadow and more.
You can also transform the look of the shape your text sits on by moving from the Text to Shape. In this example, we'll change the blue of the text background to a orangish brown which fits better with the colour scheme of the video.
Finally, if you want to modify the motion of your graphic, you can change its position, scale, rotation, etc. using the controls under Vector Motion in the Effect Controls panel.
Now that you know how to use the Presets in Browse, let's take a look at how to create a simple custom title from scratch in Edit.
Creating a Custom Title
First select New Layer > Rectangle to create the shape your text will sit above.
You can resize the text and drag it anywhere you want to on your footage. In this example we will use the lower third of the screen and we will change the colour of the rectangle from blue to brow to fit the colour scheme of the footage.
Move over to the Effect Control on the other side of the screen to change the opacity of the rectangle.
Now create another New Layer > Select Text.
Move the text to the rectangle and use the controls we covered before to change the font style, colour, size, etc.
When you are happy with your text you can save the style for use in other projects. It will be saved along with other assets in your Project Panel.
And that's how you create a simple title for your video projects using Presets of creating your own custom title.
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