Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 34/65 - Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop


Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide


Lesson Info

Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop

How many people can use Photoshop a little bit? Okay, it's a a popular tool amongst photographers. It's as scary to people who've never opened Photoshop. When they open Premiere, you guys get scared. Video guys open Photoshop are equally as petrified so I want you to know it's a common world. So instead of starting in Photoshop and trying to figure out what the parameters is of my size and do I need a transparent background, and then have to bring it in. Inside of Premiere, I have the luxury of creating a new Photoshop file, and when I do this it's going to make this Photoshop file the exact size of my sequence so I don't have to worry about it fitting and not fitting. Everything is good I'm going to hit okay. It's gonna ask me to name it and where I wanna put it 'cause you are creating new media. I am going to break a rule and throw it on my desktop so I can easily find it while I'm teaching but we'll call this test title photo. That should clear it up and I hit save. It opens up Phot...

oshop, now I can go ahead and do whatever I want. So maybe I just wanna create a bar for a lower third because it can be prettier. So I'm gonna go ahead, I'm going to grab hopefully the right tool. Remember I am a video guy but I play in Photoshop a little bit so I have that. I'm gonna go ahead and fill that in with a paint bucket. Let's not go black, let's go pretty blue here we go. So now I have the bar, if I wanna go ahead and modify that maybe I want to put a little bit of a bevel on it. Put a little bit of height. Okay, that's nice I can do whatever I want. Maybe I'll give it a little bit of a drop shadow, adjust the drop shadow, give it a little more depth. So I've created this, it's a single layer and if that's all I want because I wanna use this over and over again. I'm gonna go ahead, I hit save. I could close it, I don't need to. I've saved it already. When I jump back into Premiere, there is my Photoshop document that it has created test file photo PSD. And works like clip, I can bring it in. It already has the alpha channel of transparency information. If we jump back here, do you notice how we have that gray grid that tells me there's transparency. And when I created drop shadow in one of the selection areas. It's like what's the opacity of the drop shadow so we'll respect that so when I jump back in and I throw this. Just wants to make itself known that air point title. I throw it down onto my timeline, there's my bar okay. I can position is around if I need to so I can use the same thing over and over again. We learned when we were in motion, I can go into effects controls. Another way to position it but this is also where I can go ahead and I can play with the opacity if I wanted to. So maybe I wanted to be a little bit translucent so you can very easily create something very, very pretty. And it's a lot easier than starting in Photoshop, seem that seem pretty cut and dry? You can use this. I like this making lower thirds. You can type text or you can do your text if you're creative and you wanna draw you can do that. You have quite a bit of power so that's creating a Photoshop from within Premiere but you're gonna be given Photoshop documents sometimes. And when you ingest them, when you bring them in, you have some choices on how Premiere will interpret them. We saw this document and it was a single layer but in some cases, you might have a Photoshop document that has multiple layers. Somebody gives it to you, it might the background, it might have the text, it might have an image. And let's take a look at what happens when we import one of those and what some of our choices are. Now you can import if it's a layered file. It will probably be a Photoshop document or a TIFF document and can have transparency. Okay it will bring a fourth. If somebody gave you an image that's saved as a JPEG. JPEGs don't have that transparency information so it'll have a solid background. If it was transparent, it would probably be white okay. So if you're gonna bring something in that you create in Photoshop to start with, you wanna make sure that you save it as a TIFF file or as a PNG Portable Network Graphics or as a Photoshop document. We're gonna work with Photoshop documents so let me go ahead and I'm gonna clear this off delete that. We learned we could drag this stuff so I'm gonna show you the difference between dragging this in and not dragging this. 'Cause a Photoshop documents work differently so I'm gonna remember where it is. As a matter fact, I'm gonna throw it onto my desktop because that's where I find things. It's called other yellow guy PSD. I built this last night, it's very serious. So I'm gonna drag this in, if you drag in a Photoshop document, it will automatically bring it in and actually it will give you some options here. This is the single layer Photoshop document so it will say merge all the layers and you can bring it in. I won't actually bring in the layered ones, so let me go ahead and find that layered one that I had. Found it, other yellow guy PSD is on my desktop. Premiere lesson nine titles and graphics. Exactly where it should have been in titles and graphics. So I actually created one Abba cartoon layers PSD. So we're gonna bring that in. Throw it to the desktop, we'll bring it in a nice media manager way. Here we go, so a Photoshop document. You can see image okay. You can choose whether you want the yellow version of me. I will not take the brand or the non yellow version of me but this is a PNG document. So a PSD and a PNG, they'll have transparent background, it looks black here. This has three layers there's actually a blue background. There's my Twitter account and then there's me nonetheless or it could be Chuck Norris as I am told. So when I go to import this, I'm gonna click on the import. I'm gonna import it several times 'cause I want you to see the different ways that it actually comes in. You'll see that there's options here when I bring it in and there's four of those. There's merge all layers, there's merge layers. There's individual layers in this sequence. What does this mean? If I say merge all layers, it will come in as basically a flat picture document where I can't control any of the elements. So it just will look exactly like it looked on the image and it would be if I had flatten it in Photoshop or saved it as a JPEG or as a TIFF. If I choose to go merge layers, it's still gonna look flat or work as a flat document but I can say you know what. I don't want the background to come in. I was just gonna bring in this layer and this layer so then go ahead and do that. And we'll do that for the first round. It doesn't change the original Photoshop document by the way. It's just how Premiere is interpreting all the layers. So okay, non-destructive. Go back here, project file Abba cartoon. We'll double click to load that in and so I'm getting really big for myself there. I'm gonna go ahead and throw that onto the timeline and because I didn't bring in the background there's transparency and of course this is larger than my space. So we go back here, we go set to frame size and now I have this nice transparent background, and it's a single element. Okay so I choose not to bring in the background. But what if choose to bring it in another way? We'll jump back over here. I'm going to right click bring it in again. You can import the same object multiple times with different parameters and instead of merging all layers or merge layers. I can set individual layers and if I set individual layers, it will bring each of these in as like a separate picked file. So now maybe somebody gives me a Photoshop document with 20 lower thirds of people's name. I can bring it in and say instead of bringing as one big stack thing that I have to deal with. Bring it in as separate pic files that I can drag in. I'll show you this as an example. I'm gonna hit okay, we go back to here. We look in our folder. Zoom in so you can see well. It says Abba cartoon layers. It puts it inside of a folder. Let me step into that folder, I'm gonna show this as icons. There's the Abba text, there's my face. Three elements so I could go in and I can say you know what I wanna do it without the text. I wanna just use the text okay. I don't want to use background so it gives you a lot of control. It brings in three elements. And this is where it gets really cool and then we're going to finish up with this 'cause I like to finish big. We're gonna go ahead and bring it in another way and again right click on it. Say import, zoom in, we're going to choose this option that says bring it in as a sequence. Now we kind of reference to the sequences within sequences in previous lessons so I'm going to say okay. And I can also choose which elements I want to bring in and I'm gonna bring them all in. So I'm gonna go ahead and say okay we'll look over here. We'll see that it brought it in a folder by looking in that folder, I'm gonna go ahead and click double click. I have four elements. I have each of the individual items and this here is actually a sequence and I know that, that's not a sequence. That's the sequence okay because this icon is a little different. It looks like a sequence. So what happens if I throw this sequence into my timeline. It looks just like a clip. As a matter of fact let me scale that down so it fits. So I have this but because it's a sequence, I can step inside. We've done this before once in the previous where we created that nest and we stepped inside. And I can go, oh I wanna just turn off this background. So live turn off and then you see it updates without the background. Oh my God, I'm on top on myself. Here we go, I have proved myself to be redundant so we have that but this is where it gets really cool. Instead of just turn things on and off, I can reposition things so if I wanted to choose and move myself to a certain spot. I can do that and I can literally anime this as an opening or I could have Abba fly in with the motion paths we've learned. So that flies in from the right and I can do it in the time that we have and then I could go ahead and then have my face. Let's go back here and close this so we can go right to the effects control. That is selected and click in a little box and so I could fly myself in. And I could sneak up from the top and animate this and then what happens is when I have it in the main area, all of this animation would happen. So the take away from this is you can bring in Photoshop document as individual layers to use them separately or as a sequence that you could then animate the different pieces to create a motion graphic with the skills we learned in the animation section that we did in the previous lesson. So that some really cool stuff that you can do with titling and Photoshop in Adobe Premiere.

Class Description

This is the class I've been waiting for! Learning the software is one thing, but to watch an experienced editor at work is priceless. It also helps that Abba is an incredible teacher. He's able to hold my attention and explain things in a way that I actually retain the information." - April, Creative Live Student  

Join one of the best editing instructors, Abba Shapiro, to learn how to work effectively in Premiere Pro®. In this series, you'll learn the tools that allow you to build a story with video.

Abba will cover essential topics such as creating time lapse videos, building a rough cut, working with audio and incorporating motion and titles in your videos. Abba will show basic color correction techniques as well as incorporating filters to enhance the look of your final video.

Lesson Plan

  • Understanding Editing 
  • Tour the Interface 
  • Building a Rough Cut 
  • Refining Your Edit 
  • Working with Audio 
  • Transitions 
  • Filters & Effects 
  • Motion and Animation 
  • Titling and Graphics 
  • Speed Changes 
  • Color Correction 
  • Finishing: Prepping for Output 
  • Sharing and Exporting 
  • Ingesting Media  
  • Media Management & Archiving 
  • Multi-Camera Editing 
  • Creating Timelapses 
  • Advanced Editing Techniques 
  • Thinking Like an Editor 
  • Green Screen, Warp Stabilizer and other Special Tools 

By the end of this class, you will feel proficient in creating video with this complex program. If you've been paying for Adobe®'s Creative Cloud, this is your guide to understanding and using one of the best tools within your subscription. You’ll be able to bring your images to life, organize your media and begin to build stories to share with your family, friends and clients. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will give you the tools to successfully start creating quality products that will impress!  

For more interaction with Abba during the bootcamp, you can join his Facebook group: 

Abba Shapiro CreativeLive Facebook Group 

"Great class -- wasn't ready to take the leap into Premiere Pro until I had a framework. Not only did Abba give me that framework, but he gave me the tools to manage and balance the story, the editing process, and the start to-finish workflow to create a finished product. And it was fun!" - Creative Live Student 

Software Used: Adobe Premiere CC 2017


1Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview 2Understanding Editing: Overview 3Understanding Editing: Video Examples 4Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow 5Tour The Interface: Project Panel 6Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot 7Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over 8Tour The Interface: Video Tracks 9Tour The Interface: Edit Markers 10Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning 11Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media 12Building a Rough Cut: The Edit 13Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points 14Refining Your Edit: Preparation 15Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts 16Refining Your Edit: Using Markers 17Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts 18Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit 19Working with Audio: Overview 20Working with Audio: Levels 21Working with Audio: Music 22Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing 23Transitions: Overview 24Transitions: Effect Controls 25Filters & Effects: Overview 26Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters 27Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview 28Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images 29Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture 30Motion & Animation: Motion Effects 31Titling & Graphics: Overview 32Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools 33Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects 34Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop 35Speed Changes: Overview 36Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds 37Color Correction: Overview 38Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes 39Color Correction: Contrast 40Color Correction: Advanced Tools 41Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip 42Finishing: Prepping for Output 43Finishing: QC Edit Points 44Sharing & Exporting: Overview 45Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality 46Ingesting Media: 47Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing 48Media Management & Archiving 49Multi-Camera Editing: Overview 50Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence 51Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras 52Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing 53Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies 54Creating Timelapses: Editing Images 55Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies 56Creating Timelapses: Animation 57Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline 58Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions 59Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts 60Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks 61Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices 62Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story 63Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer 64Special Tools: Morph Cut 65Special Tools: Green Screen


a Creativelive Student

I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

a Creativelive Student

Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)