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Chapter 12. Creating Titles

Chapter 12. Creating Titles

Although Premiere can accept graphic files created with other applications, no editing system would be complete without a title-creation tool of its own. At the very least, most videos require an opening title and end credits. But titles and graphics are far more pervasive than that. Titles can identify the on-screen speaker in a documentary, show the company logo in a commercial, list important concepts in a business presentation, or subtitle foreign-language footage. Even narrative projects may use titles within the program, for example, to identify a change of scene or time: “Cape Kennedy. July 1969” or “33 Years Later.”

You may be surprised to learn that the venerable Title window—which saw few enhancements over the years—hasn’t been improved in Premiere 6.5; it has been replaced! Its successor has new features and a new name: the Adobe Title Designer. Like the old Title window, the Title Designer includes tools for creating text and graphics, title rolls and crawls. But the new tool includes an extensive list of templates and preset styles, path text, pen tools, stroke and fill controls, and precise controls over a host of object attributes. All this and a large collection of Adobe PostScript fonts, as well. You can still open old titles in Premiere, and, with certain limitations, you can convert them into the new format. But once you do, you’ll never want to go back.


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