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Premiere 3D Text integrated with After FX

Learn how to create animated 3D titles using Adobe Premiere integrated with After Effects.

3D_Text_Premiere.pngUsing Adobe Premiere is combination with After Effects offers amazing integrated options for creating 3D text and objects.


It's easy to integrate 3D text directly into Adobe Premiere from Adobe After Effects.

To start, edit a clip to a new sequence to serve as some background video for a text object.

Next, right click in the Project window area within Adobe Premiere, and choose New Item - Adjustment Layer.

An adjustment layer box will appear with default values that equal the size of your active sequence.

Press the Okay button to create the adjustment layer.

Edit the adjustment layer to the sequence.

Then, navigate over to the timeline window and right click on the adjustment layer.

Choose, Replace with After Effects Composition.

This will open Adobe After Effects, and it will ask you to give a name to the new project being created.

Give the project a name and press save.

Now, within After Effects, navigate to the upper left corner and click on the text tool.

Then navigate to the canvas window, and type some text.

In doing so, this will create a text layer.

The color and size of the text object is based what's selected within the character tab window.

Navigate down to the text layer, and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the layer.

Then click in the third empty box to the right of the layer to convert it to a 3D layer.

In the upper right corner of the Canvas window, click on the renderer button.

This will open the Composition Settings window.

Change the renderer to Ray-Traced 3D

Then click on the options button.

There is where you specify the Ray-tracing quality.

For this demonstration, I'm going to leave the quality set to 1, because increasing the quality will exponentially increase the render time.

Now press the okay key to exit the dialogue boxes.

Next, navigate to the Layer menu and choose New Light.

Go ahead and choose a color for your light.

This is also where you can choose the intensity, cone angle and cone feather of the light source.

Navigate back to the layers menu, and choose New Camera.

This is where you can specify the type of camera lens and film size.

Press okay to close the dialogue box.

Navigate back to the composition tab within the timeline, and twirl down the disclosure triangle for geometry options.

Next, go ahead adjust the Extrusion depth of the text object.

You can also add a bevel, by clicking on the bevel style menu.

In this example, I'll choose a concave bevel

Then go ahead and specify the bevel depth.

To animate the text object, navigate to the After Effects tool bar, and click on the camera tool

Move over to the canvas area and adjust the camera position.

Then navigate back to the timeline window and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the camera layer.

Then twirl down the disclosure triangle for the transform parameters.

Click on the stopwatch for the position parameter.

This will add a keyframe to the timeline.

Now move the time indicator forward one second.

Move back over to the canvas again, and re-adjust the camera.

Okay, now navigate to the file menu and choose File - Save.

Then move back to Adobe Premiere.

Your 3D title will automatically appear within the old adjustment layer.

Then, click on the text layer and navigate to the Sequence menu and choose Render Selection.

After the clip renders, let's check it out.

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