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The New Essential Graphics Panel - Premiere Pro

The New Essential Graphics Panel - Premiere Pro

The New Essential Graphics Panel - Premiere Pro - Motionmile Blog

For the seasoned motion designers among us, you will all be well aware of the days before Premiere Pro’s Essential Graphics Panel. Introduced in April 2017, the release of the Essential Graphics Panel resolved the issues of having to switch back and forth between Premiere Pro and After Effects to create and import graphics and titles. A typical graphics workflow could take forever because of all the chopping and changing between software, but luckily the Essential Graphics Panel came to our rescue and introduced amazing new features like customising text and controlling graphic elements with align and transform options.

What Is Premiere Pro’s Essential Graphics Panel?

The new feature was designed by Adobe to make graphic workflows much simpler and easier for video editing and motion design projects. Here at MotionMile, we were very excited about the new release as it allowed us as motion designers to link After Effects projects to Premiere Pro effortlessly; saving us a huge amount of time and effort. Traditionally, After Effects Templates would have to be edited and modified in After Effects and then imported to Premiere Pro when they were ready. The Essential Graphics Panel allows video editors to edit After Effects templates and compositions without even open After Effects itself. Not only does this save a huge amount of time and effort, but also allows any editor, even those with limited understanding of After Effects, to customise and edit templates easily within Premiere Pro.

Adobe have released two distinctly different types of Essential Graphics Templates for Creative Cloud users:

After Effects Essential Graphic Templates

These allow users to have nearly complete control over After Effects projects within Premiere Pro. The templates can be created exactly like any other After Effects project, but in order to work in the Essential Graphics Panel they must be editable from checkboxes, sliders or source text controls. Directly from the Essential Graphics Panel, you have the ability to utilise Dynamic Motion Graphic Templates to edit any field within After Effects. You can manage everything from third party plugins to simple colour controls but bear in mind that in order to use the Essential Graphics Panel you must have After Effects installed.

Pros of After Effects Graphic Templates:

  • Easily use and edit After Effects projects
  • Fully control every aspect of your project
  • Custom editable fields within Premiere Pro

Cons of After Effects Graphic Templates:

  • Premiere Pro can take a while to load the editable templates
  • You will need some knowledge and experience using After Effects

Premiere-Based Essential Graphic Templates

These are Motion Graphics Templates that have been created within Premiere Pro as opposed to After Effects. This could seem like a strange idea for experienced motion designers who are used to using After Effects for all their motion graphics needs, however it is a useful tool for editors who are not as comfortable with After Effects. You can easily turn into any titles into a Premiere Pro Template to use time and time again, and these Title Graphic Templates give you access to the type tool, rectangles, ellipses and image/video asset uploads.

The image/video upload feature is especially cool because you can pre-render your graphic elements like lower thirds or full screens in After effects and combine them with a text layer. This creates an easily sharable and editable template within Premiere Pro. This feature isn’t amazing for animation, as they are limited to Premiere Pro’s animation features, but are enough for simple projects.

Pros of Premiere-Based Essential Graphic Templates:

  • New templates can be easily saved and shared
  • Text is fully editable
  • Master styles and master graphic upgrades can be used
  • Editors with minimal After Effects knowledge can use them easily

Cons of Premiere-Based Essential Graphic Templates:

  • Limited editing abilities compared to After Effects, including no effects, expressions, plugins or precomps)
  • Non-designer users can have too much control over templates

Essential Graphics Panel Updates

When Adobe released Adobe Premiere Pro 2018 they included some major feature updates to the Essential Graphics Panel. Here are 5 of the biggest changes you should know about:

Taffy Time

Responsive design has been integrated into the intro and outro animations of graphics, a feature which Adobe calls Taffy Time because of the ability to stretch graphics in and out like taffy, without changing the intro and outro animations.

Rolling Credits

The Legacy Titler Tool from previous Premiere Pro versions featured a much-loved text roll feature, which has now been reintroduced to the Essential Graphics Panel.

Easy Font Search

The first iteration of the Essential Graphics Panel didn’t have the ability to search for fonts from the font dropdown, but the latest update allows you to type the name of a font to find it easily.

Automatically Adapt Graphics To Text And Frame Size

One of the most important new features is the introduction of responsive design, where you can now pin graphic layers to each other and also to the vide frame itself. This allows the graphics to grow with text automatically.

Multiple Layer Selection

You can now select, move and reposition multiple layers simultaneously, compared to the previous version of the Essential Graphics Panel, where every layer had to be selected separately.

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