Tip #1246: Hand-painted Fonts for Premiere

… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1246: Hand-painted Fonts for Premiere

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

These hand-drawn letters can be used in ANY NLE – not just Premiere.

Each animated letter is its own movie. Duplicate to increase duration.

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Recently, I wrote an Inside Tip on some hand-painted fonts for Premiere. (Tip #1119). Then, Richard sent me a note asking how to install them. Here’s the answer.

You don’t install these. Instead, each letter is a stand-alone movie file.

  • Drag the letters you need into Premiere.
  • Stack them above each other – since they all need to appear on screen at the same time – in the timeline.
  • Using the Position settings in Effect Controls, position the letters so they are readable.

Each letter has a one-second duration. To make the letters hold on-screen longer, you can either change the speed of the clip (which kinda kills the animation) or add multiple versions of the same letter to the timeline (see screen shot).


Change the color of each letter using the Change to Color effect. (See Tip #1247)

To make this more manageable, consider combining all the letters for each word into a nest. This simplifies scaling, adding color or transitions or animating movement using keyframes.

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2 replies
    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      A better way to think of this is as a special title – which deserves the extra work – not an infographic or lower third.



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