Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools
I'm going to tell you a couple other things that people don't even look at, that it's a drawing tool. You don't just have to use it for text. You could use it to create a background. So, let me address the question first, and then I'll show you how to use some of the other parts of the interface.
Once you have your titles in the perfect way that you want them, can you sync them with your Cloud account to reuse them?
You know, I'm thinking right now, which you can probably hear the grinding sound, it doesn't sync necessarily with.......the Creative Cloud. There's three things that you can sync which is, window layout, preferences...... and the third thing. This is like, I have three things to talk about, one, and then the third thing. But I'll show you that. But this is what you can do. If you create a title that you like, you can sync any media that you have, any graphics you have, to a library that you can reference on the Cloud. So what you want to do, and this is a great questio...
n, I'm glad you asked it, 'cause the truth is, I probably would not have talked about it. So, again, thank you for asking these questions. So I create a title and what I can do, is, once I should rename this, but we'll go with time lapse overlay. We'll go up here under File.............. ......................Export........... ......................Title............ I can export this as a title. It creates a very small file. And when I export that, I'll export that to my desktop so you can see. Overlay, and I can save this. Now one thing I haven't talked about but, when you get the Creative Cloud account, you actually get a Cloud storage area that looks like a folder that you can set up on your hard drive. So anything you put in that folder automatically syncs, which is, I really think is very cool. And these are so small. But I'm going to save it to the desktop. You can see it's called the Title Designer. And then I'm going to go ahead and hit Save. On my desktop is going to be a very small file. Hide Command H, there we go, very small file. Now what's really cool about this, is I can, if I want to bring this into Premier, I just import it as a title and now it lives there so I can create a series of lower thirds that I like and just have them as a reference, either on the Cloud or just even on my computer or on a thumb drive. And it's also something that's very easy to mail to somebody, email to somebody. So you can say, you know something, this is the look I want, this is.... And as long as they have the font, it should work okay. If they don't, if it's part of the Adobe Typekit and they do have a Cloud subscription, they can easily download it. But that's really the only hiccup. But if it's something that you're creating, it's great, does that answer it? I'm really glad you asked that question and I want, again, emphasize, I can't remember everything plus I can't teach everything in 20 hours, but these are the things that are valuable, so if the question comes up, do not hesitate, because it's going to be valuable for everybody here in the room and everybody who's been watching this live as well buying the class. So let me hop back into Premier. I'm going to go ahead and open up one of the existing titles because I can modify that. I want to point out a couple things. It always shows what's ............. behind it when......... you stepped into it, what the video clip was. If that is distracting, you can turn that off. There's a little eyeball right up here. And it just turns it off, and what you see here, is this, like, faint checkerboard background. And I point that out, because this usually indicates transparency. If you see something in Photoshop or see something where you see the checkerboard, this indicates that you're actually looking through this, and this is the solid. And there are times when, you know, you don't want to be distracted by the background, you can go ahead and toggle it on and off. It is the little eyeball. There's another question.
You've mentioned a couple of times using fonts that are part of the Adobe library or you know, we think of sort of like true type fonts, those fonts that are universal, if you happen to use a font that is not that type of font, can you, and then when it renders, will it stay that way when people view it on other devices, or do they still have to have that particular font?
That's a good question, and it's a question that luckily, I have a good answer for, or a happy answer for. Just to clarify, I like to always repeat the questions, just in case somebody was snoozing when they're watching this. If you create this, you render it, you export it, and somebody's watching and they don't have that typeface, are they going to see what you intended, or is it going to be substituted? They will see exactly what you intended, because when you render it, when you export it, it creates a brand new, like, flattened photograph for that frame. So it will look exactly the way that you intended. The only time it would hiccup is if you handed the project off to somebody on another computer and they didn't have it, much like if you handed somebody a keynote or Powerpoint document and they opened it up and you would get a substitution list. And the same thing happens. Now, I did mention something called Adobe Typekit. I'm not going to go deep into it, but I did want to point out that, Adobe with the Cloud, they've allowed you or they created an environment where if you don't have something on your machine, you can search for it, so you can find the right typeface to add to it. And again, one of the many things of the cloud that we're not going to get deep into, or into at all, in these classes. But explore on your own. You know, I had mentioned something called libraries. You can, not just with text, but maybe you have graphics you use all the time and you're on different machines, you can create a library with all those graphic elements, so you don't have to remember to carry them around. It's very useful for what I would call smaller files, you know, if you have like a 15 gigabyte, you know, background movie, not something you want to keep uploading and downloading, let alone, I don't think you have 15 gigabytes of storage with the Creative Cloud. But for a lot of little things, it's a brilliant way to either have a shared work environment as well as sharing your environment across your systems and locations. Two good questions....... So, in addition to creating these text elements, if we look over here to the left side, there is a bunch of, or there are a bunch of text tools, you know, I can create, this is a square, I can create a box. And it's going to use the settings that I last used for my text, so I have happen to have this kind of very beautiful shape............ But I can go ahead if I wanted to and create kind of a little lower third line. I could put it here. Let me change the color first, change a couple things. So I don't want it red, maybe I'll take it and make it blue. We're looking a little better. Maybe I don't want the stroke, so I could go ahead and find where the outer stroke is and uncheck it. So now I have something a little more basic, but I can make this pretty. This may be a situation, where instead of doing this as a solid, that invisible line that I had....... there we go, there's the bevel, that's maybe where maybe I want to do a gradient, okay. And I can go ahead and I can create the gradient however I want. Maybe I don't want to go to white, I want to go to a light blue, hit okay. And, I can change the rotation. I can also change the different looks, but I want to create something kind of nice. Maybe I want to soften that a little bit. So, if I bring these closer, or further, there's different types, there we go, we have our center there. And what I want to do is, I can also have this color stop overlay, which the color is white, and I'm going to zoom in so you can see that. Seeing me slide things around is nice, but if you can't really see what I'm doing, it doesn't help you. So I made it from blue to white. And anything that's white and I can choose to change this color if I, if so be it. I can say, you know something, I want anything that is white to go slightly transparent or very transparent. Again, it's that Alpha Channel philosophy. So we can see a little bit behind this. So it becomes kind of translucent when we bring it in. So now, if I go back here, and I look at my translucency, here we go............. It's very small here, this is the real secret I zoom in. I just put it all out there (laughs). All my, why I'm really doing something, 'cause I can't see it. Here we go, color stop opacity, right there, 44. So it's translucent, but if I go down, I can actually make it completely transparent. And I can modify the thickness of this, and the angle, but we'll leave it like this and then go ahead and bring it down. It is currently on the top layer, so what I want to do is I want to arrange it, I want to send it to the back. Let's see if I can zoom in so you can see that. Okay, so Arrange, I can send it Backwards, which means, if you have a lot of layers, it just drops it down one. Or I can send it all the way to the back, which puts it on the bottom layer, so that my text is now beautifully, I mean, I don't know, but I'm getting chills already from the look of this, but I want to show you the flexibility if I go ahead. Let me kill the window here. Don't need that one. Go ahead and close this. Automatically updated. I now have this element, a lower, a semi-ugly lower third bar. You can do much prettier ones with patience. I like to give you flawed things, that way you can always feel that you've done better than me as he tap dances. If we look closely here, you can make a bunch of default shapes, ovals and whatnot, so there's predefined shapes, lines, you can also literally grab a pen tool and draw a shape that you want. And if you click and drag, you get that bezier handle....... to create curves. So I can actually go in, if I wanted to, and had any artistic skill, I could create a shape that I could do something with. There's a, for the experienced editors that might be listening, I could create a shape mask, which I could use to create transparency. But once I've created a closed shape, I have some choices here. Let's go ahead and choose that. Instead of a closed bezier, I can make this a filled bezier. Now I have a nice solid. So I can draw things that I might want to use. Maybe I need to draw, I just want like a hand drawn arrow pointing, I don't want something so precise as a font arrow, I just want it like, it looks like I, you know, just drew something. So you have all this power here, and you know, it's just a matter of playing with it and we're good with that.