Welcome to another video tutorial produced by San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. Today I’m going to show you how to create a gradient background as seen in our video tutorial titled, “Using the Track Matt Effect in Premiere Pro.” I created the gradient background using the Premiere Pro titler. So let’s get started.
I’ve already created my project which is 1280 x 720 (AKA: 720P). The next step is to position my mouse on the word “file” then “new” and then “title” and click. When I do, it brings up the “New Title” box that has certain settings that can be adjusted. But the beautiful thing about Premiere is that the “New Title” box will always default to the project specifications. As you can see, the width is 1280 and the height is 720. The other settings are the same as the project as well so I’ll leave everything as is. I will, however, type a new name for the title. In this case it will be “gradient.” Once I’m satisfied, I’ll click “okay” and that will launch the “title Box.”
Next, I’ll position my mouse on the “Rectangle Tool” found inside of the “Title Tools” pallet and click. Notice that my mouse changes from an arrow to a plus sign. Now, I’ll position my mouse at the top left corner of the title box then click and drag to the opposite corner. You want to make sure you fill the entire box….don’t leave any exposed edges. If you goof, all you have to do is control Z to undo.
The next step is to position your mouse on the “Fill” box to be sure it is checked. Then go to the dropdown arrow and click. You will see that you are given a variety of fill choices starting with “solid” meaning that you can make your background one solid color, like this. But for our purposes today, we are going to do a “Radial Gradient.” So let me control Z to get back to the starting point. Next, position your mouse on “radial gradient” and click. When you do, you will see that two boxes appear. It is in these boxes that the radial colors will be created. So first, place your mouse inside the first box and double click. Now by clicking and dragging, choose a color range. Once you’ve selected the range, fine tune by clicking and dragging inside this box. To make this a true gradient, you want to be sure not select the same color or color shade for each of the boxes. So, my first selection in this gold area will be a light gold. Next, I recommend that you write down the letters and numbers found here. This is so that when you click the second box, you’ll be able to go right to the same color family as the first box. Once happy, click “okay.” As you can see, the first box is populated with the color you choose. And, we have our first color in the title.
Next, double click the second box, go to the numbers box and type in the letters/numbers from the first box and, again, that will take you to the same color family. Now scroll around until you find something darker than what is in the first box. This is so there will be contrast to your gradient. I think I’ll settle on this and click. There it is… a gradient background. The colors can be changed to anything you want. Next, click the “X” to close and save the gradient title and it will appear in the Assets Pallet. Your gradient title is now ready for use. Simply click and drag into the timeline.
To see how we applied this background in a video, watch our tutorial titled, “Using the Track Matte Effect in Premiere Pro.” I hope this tutorial was a help to you and if so, please subscribe to our channel. Be sure to watch other tutorials by visiting our blog at bizvidcommunications.com/blog or our YouTube Channel at, YouTube.com/bizvidcommunications Happy editing and thanks for watching.