Thursday, June 25, 2015

PE 13/13.1: Adding User Created Content To Project's Graphics and Titles & Text


Premiere Elements 13/13.1* comes with a large selection of content for Graphics, Titles & Text, Movie Themes, Movie Menus, and Audio from which to choose. Please refer to blog post on Premiere Elements 13 First Look Details. Even so, the user can supplement the Adobe content with user created content or user edited Adobe content. 


If user created content is wanted, where does it go in the program files on the computer hard drive so it can be selected and used from within an open project under the project's Graphic Tab, Titles & Text Tab, and other. This blog post focuses on the answer to this question and offers a generalized basic how to do this for Graphics and Titles & Text.


User Created Graphics (Clip Arts)

STEP 1.  In Photoshop Elements 13/13.1**, create a graphic (about 880 x 880 pixels) and save it in png format to a folder with name of choice. In this example, the folder name = My Special Graphics.

STEP 2. Follow the path

Local Disk\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Clip Arts\Common

And, in the Common Folder, place the My Special Graphics Folder which contains the user created .png graphic.

STEP 3. After that is done, this graphic can be accessed in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Expert workspace under its Graphics Tab/My Special Graphics category.

STEP 4. Additional new user created graphics can be created, saved as png, placed in this same My Special Graphics Folder, and then be accessed from within the opened project under Graphics Tab/My Special Graphics category.

STEP 5.  These user created graphics created and placed as described show up only in the Expert workspace, no signs of them in the Quick workspace. The Quick workspace by Adobe design does not have all the regular Adobe content that is available in the Expert workspace.  Work in progress trying to determine how Adobe permits certain of its content to exist in Quick workspace, but not all.

User Created Title Template*** and Text Title*** (Created in Project's Titler)

When the Title Template created in the Titler has image (from Titler's Add Image) and text (from Titler's Text, Styles, Animation, Shapes sections), the exported Title Template is based on two files (png for image and prtl for the text). And, these two files are found at different locations on the computer hard drive. The following is a "how to" to get the saved Title Template to show up under Titles & Text Tab within the project as one choice complete with image and text.

STEP 1. In Photoshop Elements 13/13.1**, create the image that will be included in the Title Template, and Save As png file to the computer desktop. For this example the png file is named pink_frame.png. Important: give the .png file the same file name as its companion .prtl file. Then move the pink_frame.png to its destination in the Common Folder in the Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path

Local Disk C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Presets\Logos\Common****

Tip: It was found that the desktop save first and then Common Folder save, avoids permission issue that might be encountered if the png is created in Photoshop Elements 13/13.1 and saved directly to the Common Folder.

STEP 2. Use Expert workspace Text Menu/New Text/Default Text to open the Titler. Use the Titler's features in its Text, Styles, Animation, and Shapes sections in creating the Title Template. In addition, with the Titler still open, go to Text Menu/Image/Add Image to add the pink_frame.png image to the Title Template. The Title Template is ready for use within the project. But, if this Title Template is needed for use in another Premiere Elements project, then the Title Template can be exported to .prtl file saved to the computer hard drive for this purpose. In the following steps this Title Template will be saved for future use. So, close the Titler.

STEP 3. Open Project Assets, find and select/highlight the thumbnail for the Title Template just created. Then go to File Menu/Export/Title. Save the Title (in this case, the Title Template created) to a .prtl file named pink_frame.prtl saved to the computer desktop.

STEP 4. Move the pink_frame.prtl file from the computer desktop to the "Pink Folder" in the Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path

Local Disk C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Presets\Templates\Common\Special Titles\Pink
The Special Titles Folder and Pink Folder are user created for the path.

STEP 5. When the Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Expert workspace is opened again, the Title Template (pink_frame) created will be found under the Titles & Text Tab as a choice under Special Titles category and the subcategory Pink. The pink_frame Title Template when dragged to the Timeline in a new project will present with both graphic and text components.

If the creation in the Titler is produced with just its Text, Styles, Animation, Shape sections features and no Add Image, the creation will involve only the text component .prtl file which is placed as before
Local Disk C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Presets\Templates\Common\Special Titles\Pink
The Special Titles Folder and Pink Folder are user created


The .prtl format appears to be exclusively for Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro title creations in the programs' Titler workspace. The prtl file produced and saved from one appears to be supported for import into the other. If the Titler creation is to include Add Image, then consideration needs to be given for keeping the image connected to the Title Template and project. When there is a title image disconnect from the Title Template, no "Where is the file_____?" missing media message appears as is the case with Add Media imports that become disconnected from the project.


*On Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.
**Photoshop Elements 13/13.1 was selected for convenience to create the .png file.
***For the purpose of this work, Title Template = title created with Add Image + Text in the Titler. And Text Title = title created with just Text in Titler. In either case, Text can have style and animation applied, and shape included.
****A convenient highly recommended location and one used by program for certain png and psd saves. But, other save locations are possible for the pink_frame.png in this example.

Work in Progress.