As you’re most likely aware, the words that appear on the videos you watch don’t just magically appear. Fortunately, these titles can be created right inside Adobe Premiere Pro without much extra work. You can add someone’s name (a.k.a. lower third, chyron, super), you can create captions or subtitles, and you can even build entire credit sequences. Here’s how to do it.
Creating your title
- Choose File > New > Title
- Specify the title name and click OK
- Tip: Adjust the timeline playhead to the position where you’d like the title to appear. This will be used as the background video when you’re working on your title.
The built-in Titler tool will open up, where you’ll be able to create your title. Here’s a quick overview of the Titler tool:
- Tools (top left): Choose different tools to work with on your titles
- Actions (bottom left): Align, center, and distribute your titles accordingly
- Properties(right): Customize your titles
- Styles(bottom center): Choose from a collection of title styles
Writing your text
- Choose the Type Tool on the top left
- Click anywhere in the main window to create a text box
- Write your text
- Once done, choose the Selection Tool (arrow) and position your title
- Tip: Use the Center action tools to center your titles horizontally and vertically
Customizing your title
You can customize your title using the Properties bar on the right (Size, Font, Color). Make sure the text box is selected when you want to make changes.
- Tip: You can also select different parts of your text using the Type Tool and modify them separately. This can be useful if you’d like to have size or color differences in one title.
There are also pre-set Title Styles you can choose from. Again, make sure your text box is selected and then make the changes.
Once you’re done customizing your title, close the Titler tool and your title will appear in your Project window under the name you specified.
Dragging your title to the timeline
- Drag your title from the Project window onto the timeline
- Position the title clip accordingly on the timeline and adjust its length if needed
- You can also add transitions to the start/end of a title
Working with templates
If you’re working with titles on a regular basis, it can be useful to create templates to save some time. You can import your titles as templates and load those whenever you need them.
To import a title as a template:
- Open your title
- Choose Title > Templates
- In the Templates window, click on the top-right menu
- Choose > Import Current Title as Template
To load a template, simply choose from the list of User Templates on the left side and choose OK. In the future, you can also choose Title > New Title > Based on Template.
Importing and exporting a title
It’s also handy to be able to import a title from a different project. You can do that by simply importing it like any other media. Just make sure to export the titles you’d like to use:
- Select the title in the Project Window and choose File > Export > Title
Once you’ve gotten a grasp of this tool in Premiere, you’ll be one step closer to being a full-service editor, and a full-service editor is someone who gets consistent work. Have questions? Just let us know in the comments!