Premiere Pro Transitions, Titles and Effects

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing softwares in the world. Many use it to produce and edit YouTube videos, marketing videos, advertisements and more. The capabilities of Adobe Premiere Pro are amazing, from smooth transitions to cool effects, you can create some really engaging video content with a professional touch. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to master the basics of this renowned video editing software, including Premiere Pro transitions, titles and effects. If you have a decent laptop or computer, Adobe Premiere Pro installed and 10 minutes to read this blog, then there’s nothing holding you back from creating your own video content. 

Premiere Pro Transitions, Titles and Effects 

If you haven’t used Adobe Premiere Pro before, then it can appear a little overwhelming, but worry not, this article is full of resources to help guide you through every step in editing videos. 

Check out our video below that shows you how to add transitions, titles and other effects to your Adobe Premiere Pro video with ease. 

Premiere Pro Title – What is it and how to add one?

A title within a video is typically seen on the opening screen. Usually, this tells the viewer what the video is about, introduces the content and perhaps even the company that produced the video or the creator’s name.

Adobe Premiere Pro Transitions
Adobe Premiere Pro Transitions, Titles, Effects

Why is a Premiere Pro Title Important? 

Adding a title is very important if you want your video to have that professional look. It sets the tone of your video and quickly summarises the content. It’s also worth noting that in an era where there is inundated amounts of video content online, audiences won’t want to have to look hard in order to videos – you need to make it as easy as possible for them to click on your video. 

How to Create Titles on Adobe Premiere Pro

The above video shows a title in animation form, but there are other options for creating a title on Premiere Pro, such as using a still image from the video and adding text around it. 

The image below is a simple example of this. It shows an image, a title and who created the video. The image also allows the viewer to understand the topic at a glance.

Premiere Pro Title
Premiere Pro Title

Premiere Pro Add Title – Step-by-Step Guide

Check out this general step-by-step guide for adding a title on Premiere Pro.

  1. Open your project in Premiere Pro.
  2. Click on the “Type Tool” (T) on the toolbar at the left side of the workspace. You can also press the “T” key on your keyboard to access the tool.
  3. Click anywhere in the viewer window (Program Monitor) to add a text box. You can then type in your desired text.
  4. To customize the text, go to the Essential Graphics panel. Here, you can adjust the font, size, colour, alignment, and other properties of the text.
  5. If you want to add a custom font, you can do so by going to the “Add Adobe Fonts” option at the top right-hand corner of the drop-down font menu. This will open a new tab in your browser and bring up Adobe Fonts, the main fonts database. 
  6. Once you’re in Adobe Fonts, simply pick the desired font and activate it. The activated fonts will show up in the font options inside Adobe Premiere.
  7. You can also animate your text using the “Effects Control” window. Use the playhead to start the animation, and then move the playhead to where it will stop. Don’t forget to click the stopwatch icon to apply the animation effect.
  8. Once you’re satisfied with your text, you can drag the text layer from the Project panel to your timeline. Adjust the duration of the text to match your video clip.
  9. Finally, export your video with the text by clicking File > Export > Media.

Legacy Title Premiere Pro – Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re using an older version of Adobe Premiere Pro, then you’ll need to know how to find the legacy title feature. In newer versions of Premiere Pro, the legacy title tool has been replaced with the Essential Graphics panel for a more intuitive and modern experience. 

Below is another step-by-step guide on how to add a legacy title in Adobe Premiere Pro:

  1. Open your project in Premiere Pro.
  2. Select to ‘file’ at the top of the left-hand side of the screen.
  3. Scroll down the drop-down menu and select the feature called ‘Legacy Title’. 
  4. A new popup should show up called ‘New Title’. 
  5. Rename this title to something to compliments your video.
  6. You can also set the height, width, time base, and aspect ratio here.
  7. Click on ‘OK’ and a new window should appear. 
  8. You’ll be taken to the title editor where you can create your title. 
  9. You can add text, shapes, and more, by using the tools in the top toolbar to customize your title.
  10. Once you’re done creating your title, close the title editor. Your new title will appear in your project panel.
  11. Drag the title from the project panel to your timeline to add it to your video.

File → New → Legacy Title → New Title → Rename Title → OK → Title Editior  → Make Adjustments → Close Title Editor → Drag from Project Panel →  Add to Timeline

The formatting of this is very similar to the likes of Photoshop and even Microsoft Word. So if you’re familiar with these programs, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get to grips with. You also have the option to move the different features around, allowing you to create a title page that you like that looks off. 

To make the text follow a certain path, you can choose the path type tool, this will allow the text within the title to follow that path. There are many more features that allow you to edit the title, all of which are fairly straightforward. Our advice is to play around with them and see what they do, you can always hit the undo button if you don’t like the look of it. 

Legacy Title Premiere Pro

Adding Primer Pro Effects to Your Title 

Adding effects to your title page or any other clips within the video can help make your content more intriguing and visually appealing to audiences. However, do remember, less is often more when it comes to effects. It’s easy to go overboard, but the best effects often enhance the content rather than distract from it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can add effects to a title in Adobe Premiere Pro.

  1. Once you’ve created your title and added it to your timeline, go to the “Effects” panel. You can find this on the right side of the workspace, or you can go to “Window” > “Effects” to open it if it’s not already visible.
  2. In the “Effects” panel, you’ll see a variety of video effects that you can add to your title. These are organized into folders such as “Video Effects” and “Video Transitions”. You can use the search bar at the top of the panel to find specific effects.
  3. To add an effect to your title, simply click and drag the effect from the “Effects” panel onto the title clip in your timeline.
  4. Once you’ve added an effect, you can customize it using the “Effect Controls” panel. This is usually located next to the “Effects” panel. Here, you can adjust various parameters of the effect to get it looking just the way you want.
  5. You can add multiple effects to a title. Just repeat the process for each effect you want to add.

Please also note that this is the same process you would use if adding effects to any other clips within the video. The only difference is that instead of dragging the effect onto the title clip, you would drop it into any other video clip you want to add effects to. 

Motion Effects on Premiere Pro

The motion effect in Adobe Premiere Pro is a built-in effect that controls the position, scale, and rotation of a clip. It’s a fundamental tool for video editing and is automatically included with every clip you add to your timeline.

Here’s a breakdown of the parameters you can adjust with the Motion effect:


This controls the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) position of your clip in the frame. You can click and drag the numbers or click on the clip in the Program Monitor and drag it to change its position.


This adjusts the size of your clip. A scale of 100% means the clip is at its original size. You can increase the scale to zoom in on the clip, or decrease it to make the clip smaller.


This rotates your clip. The rotation is measured in degrees, with 360 degrees making a full circle.

Anchor Point

This is the point around which the clip scales or rotates. By default, it’s in the center of the clip, but you can move it to create different effects.

Anti-flicker Filter: This can help reduce flicker that can occur when scaling or rotating a clip.

Blend Mode

This determines how the clip blends with the clips beneath it on the timeline. Different blend modes can create different visual effects.

How to change Motion Effect on Premiere Pro 

To access the motion effect, select a clip in your timeline, then go to the “Effect Controls” panel. You’ll see the Motion effect at the top of the panel. You can click the triangle next to the word “Motion” to expand the effect and see all its parameters.

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Opacity Effects in Premiere Pro 

Opacity in Adobe Premiere Pro refers to the transparency of a clip or an element. It’s a parameter that you can adjust to control how see-through your video clip or image is.

The Opacity effect is part of the “Opacity” settings in the “Effect Controls” panel, and it’s automatically included with every clip you add to your timeline. 

Here’s what you can do with the opacity effects on Primer Pro. 

Adjusting Opacity

By default, a clip’s opacity is set to 100%, meaning it’s fully visible and not transparent at all. If you decrease the opacity, the clip becomes more transparent, allowing any clips beneath it on the timeline to show through. 

For example, if you set the opacity to 50%, the clip would be semi-transparent, and if you set it to 0%, the clip would be completely transparent (i.e., invisible).

Keyframing Opacity

You can animate the opacity over time using keyframes. This is useful for creating fade-in or fade-out effects. To do this, move the playhead to where you want the animation to start, click the stopwatch icon next to “Opacity” to create a keyframe, then move the playhead to where you want the animation to end and change the opacity. 

Premiere Pro will automatically create a second keyframe and animate the opacity between the two keyframes.

Blend Modes

These are options that determine how the clip blends with the clips beneath it on the timeline when its opacity is less than 100%. Different blend modes can create different visual effects. 

For example, the “Multiply” blend mode creates a darker result by multiplying the colour values of the clip with those of the clip beneath it, while the “Screen” blend mode creates a lighter result by inverting, multiplying, and then inverting the colours again.

How to change Opacity on Premiere Pro 

To access the Opacity settings, select a clip in your timeline, then go to the “Effect Controls” panel. You’ll see the “Opacity” settings near the top of the panel. You can click the triangle next to the word “Opacity” to expand the settings and see all its parameters.

Time Remapping Effects on Premiere Pro 

Time Remapping is a powerful feature in Adobe Premiere Pro that allows you to change the speed of a clip over time, making it possible to achieve complex effects such as slow motion, fast motion, freeze frames, and reverse playback.

Here’s a breakdown of how Time Remapping works:

Speed Adjustment

Time Remapping allows you to vary the speed of a clip. You can slow down a clip to create a slow-motion effect or speed up a clip for a fast-motion effect. This is done by creating keyframes on the clip’s speed graph and adjusting the speed between these keyframes.

Smooth Transitions

Unlike simply changing the speed of a clip, Time Remapping allows you to smoothly transition from one speed to another. This can make your speed changes look more natural and professional.

Freeze Frames

You can use Time Remapping to create a freeze frame, which is a moment in the clip where the action freezes in place. This is done by setting the speed of the clip to 0% at the point where you want the freeze frame.

Reverse Playback

Time Remapping can also be used to make a clip play in reverse. This is done by setting a negative speed value.

How to use Time Remapping on Premiere Pro 

To use Time Remapping, right-click on a clip in your timeline and select “Show Clip Keyframes” > “Time Remapping” > “Speed”. This will change the line on the clip in your timeline to a speed graph. You can then add keyframes to this graph and adjust the speed of the clip.

Remember, Time Remapping is a more advanced feature, and it can take some practice to get used to. But once you’ve mastered it, it can be a powerful tool for enhancing your videos.

Premiere Pro Add Transition Guide 

Scene-to-scene transitions are very important for smooth and professional-looking video content. If they’re not done correctly or neatly, then the video can look messy and even potentially lose viewers. 

A transition between clips also makes for a more pleasurable viewing experience, it signals a change in information and helps the audience stay engaged with the content. Mastering this skill is fairly simple and once you get the hang of it you can start experimenting with more advanced transitions. 

Premiere Pro Add Transition

How to Add a Transition to Premiere Pro 

Adding a transition in Adobe Premiere Pro is a simple process. Check out this general guide below and start adding smooth transitions to your videos. 

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro and create a sequence: Start your project and import your video files.
  2. Move at least two clips onto the timeline: To apply a transition, you need at least two clips in your timeline.
  3. Select the point where two clips meet: With the selection tool (keyboard shortcut: V), hover the cursor over the point at which two clips connect.
  4. Right-click on this point and select “Default transition”: This will add a basic cross-fade transition which blends part of each clip together.
  5. Adjust the transition: You can click on the transition in the timeline and drag its ends to adjust its duration. You can also move the transition around by clicking on it.
  6. If you want to use a different transition, you can open the Effects Panel and choose from a variety of options. 
  7. To replace the default transition, simply drag a new transition type from the Effects Panel onto the point where two clips meet in the timeline.

Premiere Pro Default Transition

A cross dissolve is the default transition on Premiere Pro. The first clip gradually fades out while the second clip simultaneously fades in. The result is a smooth and gradual transition from one clip to the next. This is one of the most commonly used transitions due to its simplicity and effectiveness in blending scenes together.

You can apply quickly the default transition to a cut between two clips by right-clicking on the cut and selecting “Apply Default Transitions.” 

How to Add a Premiere Pro Flash Transition

A flash transition is a great way to energise your audience and grab their attention. Creating a flash transition in Adobe Premiere Pro can be accomplished in several ways. Here are a few methods:

Creating White Flash Transition with Color Matte

Create a new colour matte and set its colour to white. Place this matte above the cut between two clips in your timeline. Then, animate the opacity of the colour matte so that it goes from 0% to 100% and back to 0% over the duration of the transition.

Creating Double Flash with Dissolve

Create a series of cuts at the point where two clips meet, then apply a dissolve transition to each cut. This will create a “double flash” effect.

Lightning Effects Flash

Add a black video to your timeline and apply the Lighting Effects effect to it. Then, animate the spotlight to create a flash effect.

Premiere Pro Transition Plugins 

Premiere Pro transition plugins are additional tools that can be downloaded and installed into Premiere Pro to provide additional transition effects. This is a much more user-friendly and less technical method of adding transitions to your video content.

Film Impact Transitions

This is a high-quality transition pack that includes different effects and transitions. It offers a smoother and more robust editing experience with its SmartVideo Editing™ Technology. It also provides a free trial for 30 days, which gives you more than enough time to experiment with the features.

Motion Array Transitions

Motion Array offers a variety of Premiere Pro plugins, including expertly-made transitions and effects. These plugins allow you to create impressive lighting looks, flicker effects, distortions, spinning transitions, and more. They also offer a free sample kit of Premiere Pro plugins. 

Mixkit Free Premiere Pro Templates for Transitions

Mixkit offers 140 free Premiere Pro templates for transitions. These transitions can help you transition effortlessly through your favourite video clips, making it an ideal choice for those who need Premiere Pro transition plugins on a  budget. 

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