Spreadsheets to Lower Thirds
In this free sample chapter from The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro you’ll learn how to take a list of people’s names, occupation, nationality etc. from a spreadsheet and automatically make Photoshop output one lower third per person – including their name and occupation and even a flag representing their nationality – while you’re drinking coffee, or editing the trailer.
This feature in Photoshop is just plain cool! But let’s not stop there.
We’ll use some time-saving techniques in Premiere Pro to quickly and semi-automatically put all the lower thirds in the right spots in the timeline, and then make all of them fade in and out and get a blend mode with one single drag-n-drop. Yes, one drag-n-drop in Premiere Pro to animate and add blend mode to all of them in one go!
This technique will shave hours off the titling in your next documentary or corporate movie. And as an added bonus, every single name will be written correctly because you make the spreadsheet available online to everyone involved so they can check their names before you create the lower thirds.
The technique is also handy when making lower thirds for news stories and web TV, and is great for all work groups who need a consistent look for all their titles and graphics.
No more copy and paste to make lower thirds. No more re-writing the names, and of course, every single lower third has the correct lay-out and style.
First, download the free sample files by clicking the download link below. You’ll get a PSD file, a spreadsheet file and some flags, so you can follow the tutorial.
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