How to Add Text to Video with Adobe Premiere Pro?

A visual representation depicting the process of adding text to a video within Adobe Premiere Pro

How to Add Text to Video with Premiere Pro?

Step 1: Select the Type Tool (T)

Add text to a video clip from either the Essential Graphics panel, by using the Type Tool or by hitting Ctrl+T or Cmd+T at the same time, which will open a new text box. However, if you want to customize the text, being in the Essential Graphics panel will be the easiest.

Step 2: Add a Text Box

To add subtitles using the type tool, navigate to the toolbar and if you do not see it go to Windows > Tools, simply click and hold down the Type Tool for a moment and the Type Tool and Vertical Type Tool options will show.

Once the Type Tool is selected, click the viewer window to add the text box. You will be able to type whatever it is you want into it. You need to deselect the Type Tool and switch to the “Selection Tool” by clicking on it.

All new text will also appear in the project panel which is located to the left of the timeline. Here, you are able to delete and copy text as well as modify a few other settings.

Going into the essential graphics panel, the first thing you see is all of your text layers. Multiple text boxes will show up in this panel as layers allowing for a much more fluid experience.

Step 3: Customize the Text

To customize your text for things like opacity, shape, size, and text color, text style, you need to be in the Essential Graphics panel, where you view all the options for your text in the drop-down menu.

To work with a certain piece of text, you have to have that specific layer of text highlighted before you change anything. From here modify the text as you see fit within your project.

Moving the playhead forward a bit and then moving the positioning of the text will give you a text animation. It is also possible to fill and stroke the text templates as well as add a drop shadow to your text.

The “Align and Transform” tab in the essential graphics panel allows you to do a couple of different things to your text. First, and probably most importantly, there are buttons that automatically snap your text to be properly centered both vertically and horizontally. 

Selecting the icon next to the positioning numbers will set a keyframe for the position of the text. Moving over to the effect controls panel, you will be able to see the keyframe which is represented by a single white dot. The effect controls will display every keyframe for whatever clip you have selected in your timeline. 

Step 4: Consider Adding a Custom Font

Adobe Premiere Pro has a set amount of font styles already loaded in the program, but it is entirely possible that you want to use another font in your project.

If that is the case, add additional fonts by going to the Add Adobe Fonts option (formerly Typekit) at the top right-hand corner of the drop-down font menu.

This will open a new tab in your browser and bring up Adobe Fonts, the main fonts database. Once you are in Adobe Fonts, pick the desired font and activate it. The activated fonts will show up in the font options inside Adobe Premiere.

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How to Use Adobe Premiere Pro?

Here are the basic steps for beginners to use Adobe Premiere Pro CC:

  • Open Premiere to build a new project: Click to open Premiere Pro on Windows or Mac. Click File at the top > New > Project. Name your project, and then click OK. Double-click on the left-corner library to import media. Then all you have to do is drag your desired video file to the Premiere Pro timeline.
  • Import your video files by selecting “File” > “Import” from the menu bar. Choose the files you want to import and click “Import.”
  • Create a new sequence by selecting “File” > “New” > “Sequence” from the menu bar. Set the sequence settings to match your video files.
  • Adjust your clips in the timeline by dragging and dropping them to the desired location.
  • Use the tools in the toolbar to trim, split, and adjust your clips as needed.
  • Use the “Effects” panel to add video effects and transitions to your clips.
  • Use the “Audio” workspace to adjust the audio levels and add audio effects to your clips.
  • Use the “Color” workspace to color correct and grade your clips.
  • Use the “Export” function to export the video. Choose the appropriate settings for your video format, resolution, and quality.
  • Save your project by selecting “File” > “Save” or “Save As” from the menu bar.

How to Add Titles in Premiere Pro?

Titles are like text elements in that they convey words, but they tend to have a little more flair to them, whether that be animation, 3D effects, or unique coloring.

  • If you want to add a title, go to the Essential Graphics panel or the main menu and choose Windows > Workspaces > Graphics.
  • Browse the pre-made title templates, both still and animated. Or use one of the many Motion Array Premiere Pro title templates.
  • To add a rolling or crawling title, go to Effect Controls once you have created your text and position it on the timeline panel.
  • Place it in the center of the screen below the frame.
  • Under Transform, you need to add a marker or keyframe by selecting the stopwatch icon by Position, then move the play head to where you want the credits to stop rolling.
  • Once this is selected, move the credits to the last position.
  • Edit and customize the title from the Essential Graphics panel by working in the Edit tab (which is found right next to the Browse tab).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Adobe Premiere Pro?

Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software application that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of creative tools. It is used by professional video editors and filmmakers to edit and produce videos, films, and other multimedia projects. Premiere Pro supports a wide range of video formats and offers advanced text tools for color correction, audio editing, and video effects.
Adobe also offers After Effects, which is a digital visual effect, motion graphics, and compositing software application for Photoshop and video editing. A lot of text overlays and text effects could only be made using Adobe’s After Effects, so it is a nice addition to have them pre-built and included within Premiere.

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