How to Create Premiere Pro Titles in JUST 3 Minutes!

Using presets for video titles is a quick and efficient way to add professional aspects to your projects. Simply browse through the available presets, drag your chosen one onto your sequence, and then customize the text, alignment, and appearance to fit your specific needs.

October 19, 2023
How to Create Premiere Pro Titles in JUST 3 Minutes!
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Adobe Premiere Pro Title Tutorial

Creating A Title In Premiere Pro From Scratch

Adding Layer

First off, let's add a new layer to our workspace. Head over to the "New Layer" option and select "Rectangle." This rectangle will serve as the backdrop for our text. Think of it as a canvas where your words will shine. Now, you might be wondering, "Why a rectangle?" Well, a rectangle provides a clean, geometric shape that helps your text stand out, especially if your footage is busy or complex.

Color Adjustment

Once you've got your rectangle in place, it's time to make it your own. You'll notice that the default color is Red. But hey, let's make it fit the mood of your footage. In my case, I switched it to a warm Pink to complement the bright tones in my video. To do this, simply click on the color palette and choose the shade that best suits your project.

Positioning

Now, let's talk about positioning. You can drag this rectangle anywhere you want, but for this example, let's place it in the lower third of the screen. Why the lower third? It's a classic spot that draws the eye without distracting from the main action happening in your footage.

Transparency

Next, we're going to tweak the opacity of our rectangle. Navigate to the "Effect Control" panel, usually located on the opposite side of your screen. Adjusting the opacity (that's the level of transparency, for those new to the term) can make a world of difference. I usually set mine to around 80%, so it blends well but still provides a solid backdrop for the text.

Text Editing

Alright, time for the star of the show: the text. Go back to "New Layer" and this time, select "Text." This will create a new text layer that you can drag right over your rectangle.

Now, let's get creative with fonts, sizes, and colors. I'm a fan of Helvetica because it's clean and professional, but you do you. Font size? I usually go for 48-point for readability. As for color, I chose white to contrast with my brown rectangle. But again, the choice is yours.

Once you're happy with how it looks, you can actually save this style for future projects. This is a real time-saver, trust me. Just go to your "Project Panel," and you'll find an option to save your current style. It'll be stored there along with your other assets, ready for your next masterpiece.

Creating A Title From A Template Or Preset

let's switch gears and talk about using presets to create a title for your video project. Trust me, presets are a lifesaver when you're short on time or just want a professional look without the fuss.

Finding A Preset

First things first, start by navigating to the "Browse" section where you'll find a plethora of presets. Scroll through until you find a title style that catches your eye. Once you've made your choice, simply click and drag it onto the sequence above your video clips. It's that easy! Now, when you play your video, you'll see your title come to life, complete with any animations it may have. Not a fan of your first choice? No worries! You can always go back to the presets and try out different styles until you find the one that fits just right.

Where Else You Can Find Presets & Templates

If you're looking for something more intricate, there are plenty of online resources like Envato Elements or Motion Array that offer complex title templates. These come packed with custom animations, colors, and effects that can really make your project stand out.

Editing The Preset

Once you've dragged your chosen preset onto your sequence, you'll notice that the Essential Graphics panel switches from "Browse" to "Edit." This is where the magic happens. You'll see all the elements that make up your title, both under "Edit" and in the "Effects Controls" panel on the opposite side of your screen.

To change the text, simply double-click on it. This will automatically select the type tool and highlight your text in red, signaling that it's editable. Type in whatever you want, and voila, your text is updated.

Next, let's align and transform your text. Head over to the "Align and Transform" section. Here you can center your text horizontally, vertically, or both. I usually go for center alignment because it offers a balanced look, but the choice is yours.

Text Styling

Now, for the fun part—styling your text. Under the "Text" section, you can change the font, size, and color. I'm a fan of 48-point Helvetica in white, but feel free to experiment. Want to go a step further? Navigate to "Appearance" where you can add fill, stroke, and shadow to give your text that extra oomph.

Don't forget about the shape your text sits on! You can easily change its color to better match your video's color scheme. In my case, I switched from the default blue to an orangish-brown that complements my footage.

Last but not least, if you want to tweak the motion of your graphic, head over to "Vector Motion" under the "Effect Controls" panel. Here you can adjust the position, scale, and rotation to get everything just right.