How To Add Text In Adobe Premiere Pro

How To Add Text In Adobe Premiere Pro

Text is an important part of video editing.

Some benefits of adding text to your video are it allows viewers to retent the information and also highlights key actions.

So, what are the different uses of text when editing a video?

Different Uses Of Adding Text To A Video

There are many different uses cases of adding text to your video, but today we are going to talk about the 6 most common uses.


Adding a title allows your viewers to know what they are going to watch. A lot of times, filmmakers or content creators have their own creative way of presenting their film titles.

For example, Harry Potter and Star Wars have a very distinct ways of presenting their movie titles. Even if the titles do not have the words ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Star Wars’ in them, you would immediately know that it’s one of those movies based on the font style alone.

Opening Credits

Opening credits are used to introduce the film, main casts, and its creative teams.

For example, the opening credits of the TV series Brooklyn 99 introduce their main casts.

Closing Credits

Closing credits are used to make sure that those who took part in the film production have been properly credited.

Time and Place

This helps viewers to easily follow along with the story plot.


If there are many different languages being spoken in a clip, having texts allow viewers to understand the context of the dialogue.

Additional Information

Some videos have very limited time restrictions. For example, if you are making a YouTube ad, you want to stick to the 15-second duration.

So, how do you give additional information? By adding text.

The text helps you bring out additional context within the time limit.

How To Add Text In Adobe Premiere Pro

Now, let’s go to the main point of this article!

How do you add text in Adobe Premiere Pro?

Type Tool

The first method is the easiest way to add text in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Here’s how to add text with the Type Tool:

  1. You can use the type tool by either clicking on the Type Tool icon on your toolbar or press T on your keyboard.

  2. Click anywhere on your program pannel and start typing.

  3. To edit your text, you need to go to the essential graphics panel. To do that, go to Windows > Essential Graphics. When the Essential Graphics panel is displayed, click on Edit to edit your text.

    Here, you can change the font style, font size, position of the text, spacing, add highlights and shadows, and many more.

  4. Once you are happy with your text, you can create a master style to unify all of your text designs throughout the video. To do this, click on Master Styles > Create Master Text Style > type the name of the master text style > click ok.

  5. Now you can use your custom-made Master Style.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Type Tool

(+) It is easy to add to your video. You can just type T on your keyboard and the text can be easily added.

(+) You can get creative with your text. The text can be edited according to your liking. It’s basically just like painting on a blank canvas.

(-) Being creative also means that you have to keep exploring the options. If you do not have an idea of what kind of text you want to add, using the Type Tool is kind of a pain.

Browse Templates

The Adobe Premiere Pro app comes with different custom templates for you to add text. Some of the examples are titles, opening credits, closing credits, introductions (sports, news), and many more.

If you feel like there aren’t enough templates for you, you can always add more by going to Adobe Stock.

Here’s how to add text with Adobe Premiere Pro’s templates:

  1. Go to the Essential Graphics panel. If you can’t find it, go to Windows > Essential Graphics.

  2. Scroll through the templates.

  3. When you find the one you like, drag the template to your timeline.

  4. To edit the text, double click the text on your program panel or type T on your keyboard and click on the text. You can edit it the same way as you would using the Type Tool.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Templates

(+) There are so many templates to choose from. Using one helps you minimize the time taken to edit your videos.

(+) They already contain effects, such as fade in or fade out. This way, you don’t have to manually add effects to the text anymore.

(-) You can’t really be creative with it. The work is already done by someone else. Therefore, customizing it to your own liking is a bit hard.


In this article, we have explained the different uses of adding text to your video and different methods of adding text in Adobe Premiere Pro.

If you also want to use Adobe Premiere Pro to add subtitles, we have written an article here on how you can easily do that.

We hope this article helps you in your video editing journey!

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