How to add text into Premiere Pro

How to add text into Premiere Pro

Learn the simplest way to add good-looking text to your Premiere Pro video projects in this beginner's tutorial which includes customisation examples.

By Dmitry Masyakin

If you need to add text into Premiere Pro, it’s actually very easy and won’t take much of your time.

Premiere Pro suggests flexible text editing to create any text layer you need. 

In this guide, we’ll learn how to add and customize the text in Premiere Pro.

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How do you add text to Premiere Pro?

Let’s create a basic title in Premiere Pro via Effect Controls and Essential Graphics to see which menu is more convenient to use. 

Basic text settings

First, click on the Text Tool or press T on the keyboard. Click on the part where you want to add your text and type it.

Type the text in Premiere Pro

Select the text you just typed and click on the text layer that appeared on your timeline, so you can apply changes, particularly to the text layer.

Go to Effect Controls>Text – here, you can change basic text attributes.

Go to Effect Controls in Premiere Pro

If you don’t see it in your workspace, just click on the Window tab and select Effect Controls tab.

In this menu, you can quickly change the font, the position or scale of your text, the anchor point, and other attributes.

For example, if you want to apply any other font to your text – keep your text selected and scroll through the font options, until you find the suitable one. Just click on it to apply.

Change the font in Premiere Pro

Note that you can always install and add new fonts, for example, from the Adobe official font source.

If you need to change the size or position of your text, drag the Scale or Position sliders to move your text layer within the screen.

Change the Scale and Position in Premiere Pro

Now, you successfully added text into Premiere Pro and customized it!

Advanced text settings

You can also apply text settings from Essential Graphics, which is more convenient for advanced text editing. Go to Essential Graphics and select Edit menu:

Essential Graphics Premiere Pro

Here you’ll find the same settings as in Effect Controls and new ones, which will make your editing more flexible.

With options here, you can align your text in several different ways; for example, align it to the center or to the bottom right corner.

Align text in Premiere Pro

While aligning your text, you can also use margins – right-click on your preview monitor and select Safe Margins.

Safe Margins in Premiere Pro

This will make your text nicely aligned and good for different platform safe zones.

Premiere Pro guides, rulers and safe zones

If you need to customize your text further, you can space up the letters by using the Tracking tool:

Tracking Tool: Letter spacing in Premiere Pro

You can always change the Appearance of your text – for example, change the color by clicking Fill and selecting the color you want:

Change color of your text in Premiere Pro

Also, you can create a text box. Click on the Background icon and select the desired color of your background; increase the opacity of your text box if needed.

Text box in Premiere Pro

You can also change the corner radius of your text box by dragging the slider.

Premiere Pro text box corner radius

Now, we’ve created a title with a text box aligned to the center.

title with a text box in Premiere Pro

You can also customize your text differently by adding a shape. Select Shape>Recktangle Tool and add to the preferable part of your text.

Add shape in Premiere Pro

In Essential Graphics, you can easily customize created shape by changing it’s color, size, opacity or corner radius.

Shape settings in Premiere Pro

Here’s our nice title with a shape, which we aligned to the bottom left corner.

Title with a shape in Premiere Pro

Then you can move on to exporting your video from Premiere Pro.

Ready-made title templates

If you’re looking for custom titles, you can use Titles Pro – the tool with more than 1500 different animated text templates. 

Apart from basic titles, the project includes cinematic, liquid, kinetic, minimal, and other text templates for any case.

All titles support 4K and can be quickly previewed and customized.

Titles Pro for Premiere Pro

Make your design detailed with custom backgrounds, details, countdown timers, and ready scenes – the project includes a complete set for editors.

Motion Designer & Founder of EasyEdit.pro

Dmitry Masyakin is a Ukrainian video editor and motion designer, founder of EasyEdit.pro, motion design studio.

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