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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Working with text boxes in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, in this video we are going to add some text. We're going to do it in a text box, that actually breaks on the sides, rather than go on forever. Then we're just going to do some basic layout. We're going to fade the background out, add some drop shadows, change the colors, oh, very exciting. Let's jump in now and do it together. 

We're going to add our text, now where we going to do it? We'll just do it at the beginning here. Grab your 'Type Tool', and I'm going to show you, there's two ways of actually adding Type in Premiere Pro. You can click once and type it in, 'Type it in', and it will be this box that goes on forever, good for headings. If you want text to actually flow into the next line, you can hit 'Return' on it to break it. I'm going to show you a different way. We're going to delete it by clicking here in the Timeline, 'Del', and with your Type Tool selected click, hold, and drag a box out. It's going to give it width and a height, so now when we type, I'm going to type lots, can you see it breaks on to its own line. Pretty exciting. 

We're going to type in, 'Crop it.' I got my uppercase on from a previous thing I was doing, can you see, All caps is on, just so you know. I thought my caps lock was on, it's not, this little button just says, I want you to all be caps. I'm going to turn that off. 'Crop it, like it's hot.' Very clever, Dan. We're going to grab this, we're going to pick a font. Your font's going to be different from me, I was using this one, Scriptorama, it's very cool, I like it. That's all caps, just turned that off. 

Before we go any further-- you're going to have different fonts, so just pick any font you like, except for Brush Script. Again that is illegal font. Let's talk about size versus scale, because I can scale this text box up to make the type bigger, this one here. Drag it to the right, I can scale it up. I can undo it, or I can use the font size. They do a similar job, you can't animate the text size. So if you're going to animate this to get bigger you have to animate the scale, but you can't animate the font size. It doesn't really matter, I'm going to use the font size, because I want the text box to say the same width, I also want it to be centered. I make it just a bit bigger. I want it to break it on to a few different lines, there we go. 

One last thing to do, is I want to put the actual title of the new course. Now I've put it in here, into your 'Project4', under 'Copy', under 'Quotes'. It's this stuff here, if you can't be bothered typing it you can copy it. So Photoshop Essentials, I'm going to do it in two separate fonts. You'll notice that I've pasted it in there, but like, where did it all go? It's because this is not big enough, I'm going to grab my Selection Tool, and I'm going to drag this box bigger. It's not really scaling, it's just allowing more bits to fit in there. And what I'm going to have to do is, grab all of this, and make the font size a lot smaller. Try and grab it all, and I'm going to pick a different font, I'll speed this up. 

So I've changed the size, I've changed the font, to something, you probably don't have Museo Sans either, but pick any font, remember Brush Script is not allowed, and Trajan isn't allowed either. I'm just hitting on fonts, it's okay, if you like Trajan it's all right, So we've got our font, for spacing in here, like, the Essential Graphics panel at the moment, lacks some of the paragraph settings that I really want. So I just put a 'Return' to space these out. What you really want is a space after, and this Hex you can do in here, I'm not going to get into it, but you could have just two separate text boxes, that'd be fine too. I just put a Return in. Let's have a little look, so it appears across a lot of it, but once I get into here the contrast is a bit different. 

Actually one more thing before I can move on, is hot is going to be, hot color, it's going to be very exciting. Also what I might I might do is break it on to two lines. So I'm going to select both of these, that line, and just shrink it down so it fits on these. Then I'm going to grab the word 'HOT', and you can actually change the font separately, by just having them highlighted, and to do that I've got the Type Tool, and I just double click the 'Hot'. You can drag a box over it all. 

So grab this, I'm going to pick a Fill Color, that is, you can't do gradients on fonts at the moment. I say this because as soon as I make a course they release new features, and there'll be a gradient option up the top here when it does come. So I'm going to pick a color, hot, but not red hot, or a ruby red, I call it ruby red. 

A couple of things I want to do is, the problem is, once I get out of here, you can't really see the text even though there's a Drop Shadow on it. If yours doesn't have a Drop Shadow, you can select all the text. Come down here, turn it on, for some reason that default's really weird. It's defaulting to, like this washed out gray color. I don't want a washed out gray color, I want black, like all Drop Shadows, and Drop Shadow, how-- the percentage, do I want it up full percent? It gives me kind of a better contrast to the background, but you can spend some time playing around with the depth of it. 

I think we've talked about Drop Shadows before, but it's still not giving me enough contrast between the background. I could put a box behind it, but it's probably going to ruin the effect that I want. So what I'm going to do is, I am going to lower the-- I find this, I'm going to darken the background, and I find the nicest way to do this is, let's select on 'Ink', which is the background video. Let's go to Lumetri Graphics, Lumetri Color, sorry. If you can't find it, remember, Lumetri Color. What I like to do is use Exposure, Exposure gives a nice-- I feel like it's got a really good consistent-- adding black over the top kind of works, but I find exposure, lowering it, still gives you like, you can have it quite low, and still get a very good understanding of the background, whereas black just seems to smoosh it all into the darkness. So find something that's a nice kind of balance between the type and the background. Bit high. 

The other thing I'd like to do is, before we move on, is I don't want it to-- I want the video to start for a little bit, So I'm going to play it. I want the ink effect and then I want it to kind of appear, and with my timing there's a lot of getting at the front, hitting space bar, watching it and just get a feeling for it. So there's no rhyme, no reason to it, there's not a specific science, it's more of a feeling. I feel like, intriguing, what's happening, BAM, sales pitch, and I want it to go along, and because it's an Essential Graphic, it can be as long as you like. Now I want to disappear there at the end before this is finished, and I want it to fade in and out. 

The fancy way is to select on it, go to the front. We've played with this before and it's a bit tough, right? Opacity, set a keyframe, lower it down. Let's just do it because, don't you do it. I'm going to set a keyframe here of 0, then I'm moving along and I'm going to set it up back to 100%, and I got two keyframes. So you could do that, right, fades in, holds for a while, gets to the end here, remember our tabletop, it's another keyframe that's stuck at 100, get to the end here, and then set it to 0. 

That's one way of doing it, and I've probably shared this, this again, before. Let's get it all gone, so got rid of all my keyframes, I hit 'undo'. We're just going to sneak on the old Cross Dissolve. I think Dip to Black would work, let's do Cross Dissolve. The front, and the end, in and out, easy, whoop. It's at the wrong position, so I could use my Move Tool, or with multiple layers going on now, we're going to use the Effects Control, and just click on this, and then lower it down a bit. Wrong way, you always drag the wrong way first, there we go. 

That will be us for this video. I'm moving a little faster with this one, because it's everything we've covered so far, just like a recap, so I'm kind of, find myself speeding through it, maybe a little too fast but hopefully you can pause, rewind, play it slowly, if you are finding a little bit hard to keep up. Now in the next video I'll try and go a little bit slower, and we'll animate the text in.