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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Working with Type

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Learn the fundamentals of working with type—compositing type, animating type, and creating 3D text and logos—using Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.

Text is used in video projects all the time, whether it's in lower thirds or credits. As a video editor, it's crucial to learn the fundamentals of working with type: compositing type, animating type, and creating 3D text and logos. In this course, Rich Harrington shows how to perform these tasks in Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, three programs that are tightly integrated and make it easy to share and hand off assets. Watch and learn how to add a new dimension to your video projects, with type.


  • Welcome and what you should know before starting this course
  • Exercise files
1. Designing Lower Thirds in Photoshop
  • Setting the right canvas size
  • Designing the bar
  • Placing a logo
  • Setting text and mixing styles
  • Creating an alpha channel
  • Using layer comps for multiple designs
  • Automating multiple titles with data sets
2. Designing 3D Type in Photoshop
  • Extruding and inflating text
  • Adjusting color and bevel
  • Transforming 3D objects
  • Animating 3D text in Photoshop
3. Photoshop Design Techniques
  • Distressing text
  • Ripped from the headlines
  • Creating a logo bug
  • Creating a watermark
  • Using Photoshop templates
4. Animated Text with After Effects
  • Adding text to a composition
  • Browsing text animation presets
  • Using multiple animators
  • Customizing animation presets
  • Animating 3D space in After Effects
  • Creating custom animations
  • Saving presets
  • Exporting the animation
5. After Effects Design Techniques
  • Tracking text with the 3D camera tracker
  • Extruding 3D text
  • Using environment maps
  • Revealing text with masks and wipes
6. Overview of Text in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Creating a title in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Advanced formatting controls in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Using Photoshop text in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Using motion graphic templates (MOGRTS) in Adobe Premiere Pro
7. Linking Workflows for Text with Adobe Video Apps
  • Designing titles with Smart Objects
  • Using Dynamic Link with text for Premiere Pro and After Effects
  • The Edit Original command for Photoshop graphics
  • Embedding a project link in After Effects
  • Saving your own motion graphic templates (MOGRTS)
  • Next steps

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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