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Chapter 12. Creating Titles

Chapter 12. Creating Titles

Although Premiere accepts files created with other applications, it also has its own powerful tool, the title window, for creating text and graphics. In the title window, you can create graphics that include straight lines, shapes, or text in any font available on your computer. You can easily manipulate the color, transparency, and arrangement of these objects; apply a drop shadow; or include an alpha channel so that you can superimpose the title over other clips. If you need to change any element, you can simply reopen the title, edit it, and save the new version.

Though Premiere has evolved considerably since earlier versions, the title window has required few changes. In fact, the title window hasn't changed at all since version 5, which introduced a feature to create title rolls and crawls. If you haven't used Premiere since version 4, you'll be happy to find that you no longer need to use motion settings or filters to create these common effects.

Admittedly, Premiere's title window may not offer the extensive control of a dedicated graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator, but it does share one important characteristic with its more full-featured siblings. Like Illustrator, Premiere creates object-oriented, or vector-based, graphics. This means objects can be scaled to any output size without an apparent loss of quality.

Unlike some of the other images you create within Premiere, such as color mattes or a counting leader, titles are independent files, which you save separately from your project. As you can with other source files, you can open more than one title window at a time, and you can import the same titles into any project. After you import them and add them to the Timeline, titles can be edited just like any other clips.


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