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How To Add Text In Premiere Pro

Text in premiere pro
Published 28 July 2020

Last updated on 5 July 2022

Have you ever seen those super cool explanatory videos and started wondering how to add text in Premiere Pro? Well, it’s alright. We’ve all been there and it’s actually quite easy.

You can add your text, edit it, time it with a special part of the movie and apply all types of cool effects and you’re ready to export!

Let’s go through it so you can see how to add text in Premiere Pro in the easiest way! Also if you want to learn more, check out our expert guide on all the basics of Premiere Pro.

1. Open Your Project

Without a doubt, the first thing you need to do is open your project and add your video to the timeline. Simply open your file using the “Ctrl-O” shortcut and drag-and-drop the selection into the timeline. 

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2. Add Your Text

At any point, you can use the “Type Tool” or keyboard shortcut “T” to add any text to your video. Once you have selected the text tool, then click on your video window to create a text box. This will give you control over the text you’re placing. You will be able to change the font, color, add shadows, background and fully customize it. You will immediately see the text appearing on your video and you will have the control under the “Effect Controls” tab.

You can also use creative templates created by Adobe by going to the “Graphics” tab at the top of the program.

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You will find on the right hand side an “Essential Graphics” window where you will have a bunch of templates and text graphics you can customize.

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3. Edit Your Text

Now it’s time to use the keyframes to edit your text. Firstly, you may want to edit your text and customize it. Choose its font, size, color and alignment. Then, you can start using the “Position” animation to move the text around the screen, the “Scale” to change its general size and the “Opacity” to make it appear and disappear when you want it to. 

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You will see the keyframes on the right panel of the “Effects Control” tab and work from there. For example, I set the text to appear a couple of seconds in and disappear. But there are many other things you can. You can set the text to move from one side to the other, you can keep the text on at all times and create subtitles when you need it.

4. Export Your Video

After you’re happy with your video, it’s time to export your video. There are a few ways to export a video in Premiere Pro, depending on your workflow. 

Another thing you can do is use the “Simple Text” effect. It works in a similar way, but the controls are a little limited. That is a very good idea if you need to add text real quick and you don’t really need to personalize it. Besides that, in the “Graphics” tab, you will see all kinds of templates you can use for credits, subtitles, titles and presentations. 

All you need is a very good idea and the necessary resources to apply it. Add a very good text, apply a zoom-in effect and you’re ready to share your new creation. Happily, it’s actually very easy to add text in Premiere Pro!

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