Just how well do you know the top menus in Adobe Premiere Pro?
When was the last time you took a tour of Premiere Pro’s top menu? I would bet that whenever you jump into Premiere you’re pretty comfortable in the way you work.
Chris Salters here from Better Editor. You might think you know a lot about Adobe's editing app, but I'll bet there are some hidden gems staring you in the face. Today we get some help making edits look cool with the Graphics menu.
The Graphics menu inside of Adobe Premiere is a little guy, but packed with power for:
- Adding new graphic layers
- Managing master graphics
- A killer replace font feature that will make After Effects users envious
Add Fonts from Adobe Fonts
I don’t know about you, but whenever I need to browse or update my fonts from Adobe Fonts, I can never remember the URL. Call me dumb (really, it’s fine), but it seems like the folks at Adobe realized this might be an issue and provided this convenient option for launching Adobe Fonts for editors like me.
New Layer in Adobe Premiere Pro
Easily add new graphics to a sequence including text, vertical text, rectangles, ellipses, and even from files. If you already have a Graphic in your timeline and have it selected, New Layer will add the graphic you select to a new layer within the current graphic. Without a clip selected, New Layer adds a Graphic to the current timeline.
Upgrade to Master Graphic in Adobe Premiere Pro
I won’t hold back here, this menu item is pretty cool. This function is great for creating a single graphic that can be modified and have changes reflected across all instances of the graphic. So what does that mean?
After creating a graphic inside of a timeline, select it and choose Markers > Upgrade to Master Graphic. A new graphic item will appear in the Project Panel and can then be drug or copied into other sequences. Any changes to the graphic in any location, including source text, will update in all other locations.
This may sound crazy, but consider creating a simple lower third for an episodic show inside of Premiere Pro. With that graphic Upgraded to a Master Graphic, revisions to the lower third can be updated across every episode in a single edit.
Replace Fonts in Projects
What may be the most helpful feature in the Graphics menu, Replace Fonts in Projects will check instances of fonts used across all open Premiere projects. It displays a window showing the fonts used and how many times they’re used in each project instance. You can then select, per usage, a font and update it to a different font.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how much of a timesaver this can be when a client decides to go another creative direction. Word for the wise: As a precaution, make sure to replace fonts in a duplicated project so it’s easy to revert back to the original font—you know, if the client changes their mind again.
As you can see, Replace Fonts is amazing and begs the question: WHY CAN’T AFTER EFFECTS DO THIS???
That closes out the Graphics menu, but there’s still great tips ahead in the rest of our Premiere Pro menu series. If you want to see more tips and tricks like these or want to become a smarter, faster, better editor, then be sure to follow the Better Editor blog and YouTube channel.
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