How to Add Text in Adobe Premiere

In this walkthrough, we've shared how to add text in Adobe Premiere Pro, so you can place opening credits or subtitles in your movie.

How to Add Text in Adobe Premiere Pro
1. First, load your current Premiere project and choose "Window" > "Project" to show the main Project panel. Right-click in the panel's grey area and choose "New Item" > "Title". 

2. In the New Title dialog box, click on the Name section to give your title a name, and then click OK. Now, a text editor will appear on screen, with a variety of text styles at the bottom. You can also create a custom text style, using the settings above the preview window, and the Title Properties on the window's right side. Here are some of the most important settings:

  • Aspect: Select your font's horizontal scale. If you choose a value over 100%, the text will become wider, and a value below 100% will make the text more narrow. 
  • Leading: Choose the amount of space between text lines. In most cases, this is measured between the two lines' baselines. If you're dealing with vertical text, however, the value is measured between each line's center. 
  • Tracking: Select a range of characters, and then set the spacing between them. This is useful when your character strokes blend together, and you need to create more space so the text is easier to read. 
  • Kerning: Adjust spacing between specific character pairs (ex. VA, Te), so that the words look visually appealing and natural. 

3. After adjusting the font style, size, width, and other settings, click the X button to close the text editor. In the Project panel, you'll see the new text listed with any other assets. Click and drag the text onto the Timeline to add it to your sequence as a new clip. 

4. Now, you can click and drag on the clip edges to shorten or extend it, or drag the center to move the clip to an entirely new location. In the Effects tab, you'll find animated transitions that you can drag on the clip so that the text comes into frame seamlessly. 

5. When you're happy with the text style and position, make sure to save your work! At any point in the creative process, you can go back to the Project panel and find the text asset. If you make an undesirable change to your Timeline text clip, you can always go back to the Project panel and start over. 

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