Launching Photoshop from within Premiere Pro
A simple way to create an Adobe Photoshop graphic or title is described at pp. 403 of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 Release Classroom in a Book and in Chapter 15 ("Creating New Graphics") in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2020 Release Classroom in a Book.
- Inside Premiere Pro with a project file open, follow these steps:
- Choose File > New > Photoshop File
- The New Photoshop File dialog appears, with settings based on your current Premiere Pro sequence.
- Click OK.
- Choose a location to store your new PSD file, name it, and save it.
- Photoshop opens. Photoshop automatically displays safe action (90% of the viewable area) and safe title (80% of the viewable area) zones in the form of guides. Things outside the former may get cut off when the video is viewed on a television monitor. Keeping it within the latter makes the text easier to read (pp. 396-397). These guides won't appear in the finished image.
The checkboard background indicates that the layer is transparent, which is useful for using this graphic as a title or graphic against the Premiere Pro background.
- Select the text tool
- Draw a text block by dragging from the upper left to the lower right.
- Adjust the font, color, etc. using the Options bar
- Enter the text and click the commit button
- Save and close the file; it will already be in your Project panel in Premiere Pro.
- If you would like to edit the title in Premiere Pro, select it in the Project panel or Timeline and choose Edit > Edit in Adobe Photoshop. When you save changes in Photoshop, the title updates automatically in Premiere Pro.
Revised: April 13, 2020. Comments to William Pegram, email@example.com