June 26, 2017

Introducing Premiere Pro's Essential Graphics Panel (And How to Use It)

Create and customize text with Premiere's new Essential Graphics Panel.

Premiere Pro has an entirely new graphics workflow, which now gives editors the ability to work with text directly in the Program Monitor. With Premiere’s new Essential Graphics panel, create text with a Type tool and then customize. Control the positioning of your graphic elements with Align and Transform options, and refine the design with a variety of appearance properties. Quickly save and reuse graphic layouts with Master Text Styles and Motion Graphic Templates. 

Let’s take a closer look at how we can use Premiere's new graphics workflow to create the image above. 


Premiere’s new Type tool is located in the Tools panel. To create the new text graphic, simply click directly in the Program monitor and start typing. Once you've typed the word Essential Graphics, a new graphic clip will appear in your timeline. However, unlike the previous Titler panel, creating text with the Type tool will not create a master graphic clip in the Project panel. To further control the format and design of your text, select your clip in the timeline and bring up the Essential Graphics panel by selecting Window > Essential Graphics.

Now, you're ready to design the text graphic.


The Essential Graphics panel offers plenty of customization features, including Align, Transform, and Appearance options. You can adjust the font, tracking, kerning, and leading, as well as the fill, stroke, and shadow options.

First, center your text with the Align Vertical and Align Horizontal buttons; then, change the font to Helvetica. Next, change the word Essential to a Light Helvetica and the word Graphics to Bold. There are a plethora of other options, but we need to focus on adding a few layers prior to applying finishing touches to the overall design. 

One of the most powerful features of the Essential Graphics panel is the Motion Graphics Template library. 


Unlike the previous Titler dialogue box, the new Essential Graphics panel allows you to layer text and graphic assets all within one clip.

To add a layer to your graphic, use the New Layer button to create a rectangle shape. Using the Selection tool, resize the shape to fit around the text. Next, drag the layer underneath the text layer. (The layer order in the Essential Graphics panel works exactly as it does in the timeline, with the top-most layer displaying in the foreground.) Finally, add a stroke to the rectangle and adjust the width and colors accordingly. 


For the last step, save your final graphic as a template for later use. Select the graphic clip in the timeline and choose File > Export > Motion Graphics Template. Once saved, you can find the template in the Essential Graphics panel under the Browse tab.

One of the most powerful features of the Essential Graphics panel is the Motion Graphics Template library. The collection includes a number of Motion Graphic presets, including news, sports, and video game packages, as well as lower thirds, slates, and titles.

Saving your graphic as a Motion Graphics Template will save all of the layer, animation, and text information. To reuse, simply drag the template into your timeline and change the text in the Essential Graphics panel.      

Your Comment


Will save having to jump into after effects for basic motion graphics which is nice, but with dynamic link that was never a big hassle anyway.

June 26, 2017 at 2:13PM

Adam Prest
Camera, Edit and Workflow Technician

Really? Dynamic link more or less broke for me a year ago. Something about and update then just ruined working in dynamic link with media on a NAS

June 27, 2017 at 6:58AM, Edited June 27, 6:58AM


Are you guys on Adobe's payroll? Your obvious favoritism for Premiere is embarrassing. Could you do occasionally do an article on a non-Adobe product, such as Avid, Resolve, or (Horrors!) FCPX?

June 26, 2017 at 2:16PM

Curtis Polk

You think it might just be possible that the majority of users here might just be using CC? I think it's quite possible.

Hint: It's not just possible, it's true.

June 26, 2017 at 3:20PM


Not to mention this new "Essential Graphics Panel" integration between Premiere and After Effects is how FCPx and Motion 5 have been intergrating for 6 years. There are more FCPx users here than you think, so for them to have the occasional one FCPx article for every 10 Premiere articles wouldn't be horrible.

June 30, 2017 at 2:23PM

Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker

I'd have to agree with Curtis here. I know that premiere is doing the big push everywhere. But you guys should do articles on FCPX once in a while. I cut my teeth on premiere and I love it to death. But I've been editing on FCPX these past few months and I feel the software really gets out of the way between the editor and the edit. I never worry about clips getting out of sync somewhere down the line because I did something earlier on. And more importantly it encourages me to find alternate (read creative) ways of cutting. If nothing, the audio lanes are a godsend.

Before I get bashed for this, I still use premiere as a finishing tool. Neat video doesn't hold up too good on FCPX yet. And yes, the export options, the lack of it, is disappointing. But come on, you guys should really do some articles on FCP. Especially since you can buy it once and have an updated version for the rest of your life.

June 26, 2017 at 9:28PM

Sahit Anand
Director and Co-Founder of DO. Creative Labs

** NO. the point being missed here is not whether this site tilts all it's coverage to CC; as someone said, probably the vast majority here are using ppro as their NLE. the real point is that this site has never come close to a critical REVIEW of CC, or in particular, Ppro. every single ppro release is a bug-laden POS. they charge us a steep licensing fee to use it, then they beta-test it on all us professionals.

i've learned the hard way to ignore new releases for months on end, and ignore there brand new feature packages like the plague for the the better part of a year. (i just started using ppro 2017 about three months ago -- and it still has issues.)

if adobe wants to work the bugs out of their not-ready-for-primetime upgrades, they should alert us that the new releases are unstable, and that anyone who is patient enough to try them and patiently send crash logs back to adobe should be getting free usage for a few months without license payment. predictably, below, there are comments warning that 'Essential Graphics' is making their systems lag, crash and burn. ... no thanks. i don't even use dynamic link unless i have to, and most of the time: it's rickety and unpredictable. and btw ... i'm sure the template library is a market for adobe to sell heinously overpriced title templates.

June 27, 2017 at 7:38AM, Edited June 27, 7:43AM

stephen knifton
owner / creative director

I think they do occasionally do things on Resolve. It would be nice to hear more about Avid though.

October 27, 2017 at 5:53AM

Rory Yeung
Filmmaker & NFTS Student

And it's buggy as hell...it slows the whole sequence down...you try something complex and it crashes. This is so far behind what other text/animation tools can do...like Apple Motion. I use Motion and PremPro...while not integrated as it is with FCut, it's easy enough to create a movie in Motion and add that to the timeline in premierePro. Why isn't Adobe ahead of the curve here...they have been working with text for years from Pagemaker onwards....you'd think they would be a little more innovative in video applications. It's useful for adding simple annotations to the timeline...like "add a title here" or "insert a clip here"...but beyond that it's not worth the effort IMHO!!

June 26, 2017 at 4:41PM

Andrew Neighbour

I can vouch for that. I lost a few hours on my current project before I gave up and just went back to AE to do my titles. Even a simple lower thirds name brought my machine to a smoking halt.

June 26, 2017 at 8:43PM

Bryan Howell
Screenwriter, corporate videographer, and indie filmmaker

really nice guide, thanks for sharing

June 27, 2017 at 1:55AM

Amelia Rivers
Director of Photography

This is very useful and I think no reason to argue because every tool should be used accordingly:) We do mostly animation stuff and we are going to try this
Yans Media

September 12, 2017 at 1:35AM, Edited September 12, 1:36AM


You can find some of these templates over here: Essential Graphics Templates.

November 10, 2017 at 7:16AM


Funny how FCPX users complain nowadays that their NLE of choice is ignored by the mainstream media... feels a lot like it was for Adobe users a few years back, when FCP 7 was the king and Premiere was considered a little less than a small bird dropping on your keyboard by the so-called industry pros.

Just enjoying the irony here...

November 24, 2017 at 12:16PM

Manuel M. S.
Editor - Cameraman - Producer

Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information!

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