Create Lower-Third Graphics with Adobe Comp

One of the toughest and most annoying parts of creating a video project is building a good looking lower-third graphic. When many people add names and titles in post, they often just use a standard font with nothing that looks like an actual lower-third graphic by a professional. This makes the video look amateur.

I recently was working on a project where I shot some video on my iPad and used Premiere Clip to start the editing process before finishing in Premiere Pro CC. I was on a plane with minimal leg and arm room (I won’t name the airline), and I wanted to do as much as I could on the iPad. With Adobe Comp, I started thinking about how a video guy could use the app to build graphics, and it’s quite easy.

IMG_0104First, you have to start with creating a new template in Comp. I went with what I call “poor man’s HD” – 1280 x 720.

IMG_0106Then I started building my concept. I used shapes and pulled in graphics I had built in Adobe Shape or the Creative Cloud Market. I added some text and adjusted the opacity of the waves to give my graphic some texture. Notice that I don’t have any background. Comp automatically makes the white background into transparent when you send to Photoshop CC. If you need a guide, you can add a screenshot of your video (if you are doing an interview) and then delete that layer later in Photoshop or before you send it to the desktop.

IMG_0105Next, I tapped the share icon and then tapped “Send to Photoshop.” In about 10 seconds, it popped up on my machine that I was logged into the Creative Cloud with. The great thing about this is I actually was able to send it from my iPad and open it up as soon as I got home on my other computer with Creative Cloud on it.

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I changed the text on the graphic in Photoshop and saved a copy for each graphic I needed. You can also create copies of the graphic in Comp and change the text there. Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 9.47.46 PM

Finally, I imported the .PSD file into Premiere Pro CC and laid it on a new video track. I added a few dissolves at the beginning and end of the transition to make it fade on and off.

The time I saved here was significant because I am not a Photoshop nor Illustrator expert. I was able to create a simple graphic with a mobile workflow. What are some other projects you have used Comp for?

New Education Training Schedule just Announced for Spring 2014






Beginning this week, Adobe Education is providing free webinars specifically designed for educators. Please share the news with your colleagues and join us. Topics include Creativity in Education, Indesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Animation, Creating Forms with Adobe FormsCentral, Dreamweaver, and Edge Animate.

All times are Pacific Standard Time and run through May 21, 2014

Unleash creativity on your campus with free, online professional development from Adobe.


March 2nd – April 19th                  Course: Creativity in Today’s Classroom

March 12th @ 8:00 am                  Webinar: Beginning InDesign for Education

March 12th @ 3:00 pm                  Webinar: Advanced InDesign for Education

March 26th @ 8:00 am                  Webinar: Beginning Illustrator for Education

March 26th @ 3:00 pm                  Webinar: Advanced Illustrator for Education


April 9th @ 8:00 am                      Webinar: Beginning Acrobat for Education

April 9th @ 3:00 pm                     Webinar: Advanced Acrobat for Education

April 15th – May 27th                    Course: AdobeGenPro – Animation

April 23rd @ 8:00 am                   Webinar: Beginning FormsCentral for Education

April 23rd @ 3:00 pm                   Webinar: Advanced Formscentral for Education


May 7th @ 8:00 am                       Webinar: Beginning Dreamweaver for Education

May 7th @ 3:00 pm                       Webinar: Advanced Dreamweaver for Education

May 21st @ 8:00 am                      Webinar: Beginning Edge Animate for Education

May 21st @ 3:00 pm                     Webinar: Advanced Edge Animate for Education

Host a Behance Portfolio Review at your school

Photo Courtesy Behance Network (

Photo Courtesy Behance Network (

Ever wanted to show off all that great work your students do in an open house format, almost like a gallery grand opening?

Behance has had ongoing Portfolio Review events all over the world for people to show up, showcase their work, have it critiqued, network, and see what others are doing in the creative field. While this has taken on an organic movement through Meetup, why not do it at your school? What a great way to get people across campus to show up and see what your students are doing.

So, what happens at a Portfolio Review? It’s simple.

  1. Hi! – A short presentation by the organizer, usually inspirational and fun.
  2. Review Time – People break into small groups and review each other’s work.
  3. Meet & Greet – Mingle with others, broadening your network.

I encourage you to organize one and please let us on the EDU team know about it!

Click here to learn more.


A New Way to Learn Adobe Tools and More

There are many online training options for learning software, and now there is an exciting new way through the Adobe KnowHow website.

Adobe KnowHow website

Adobe KnowHow website

You can choose from an ever growing number of training modules – many of which are for free. But what makes Adobe KnowHow unique is the ability to markup / add notes on the video as you are watching.

Adding comments to video tutorial

Adding comments to video tutorial

You can later jump to cue points created by your annotations to review both your notes and the associated video content. Check out this new site and let us know what you think!

Premiere Pro CC: Building easy slideshows

I can’t wait until the day when people are no longer scared of the Adobe Premiere Pro and it’s interface. The truth is that Premiere is just like all of our other applications. They require users to learn a small amount about the application, and then they are totally enthusiastic about what they can create. “If you can imagine it, you can create it.”

One thing that I suggest is that people ease themselves into Premiere Pro by first learning how to make a slideshow video using some JPEG images from your cell phone or another camera. It teaches you how to interact with the interface and simple timeline editing like trimming. Continue reading…

Adobe for Academic Use

Often as we meet with faculty and staff at higher education institutions we are asked about the relevance of Adobe applications on campus. Adobe Acrobat is certainly seen as a tool that nearly everyone uses to effectively share electronic documents and forms. However, Adobe’s creative tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, etc. are seen as being used by only those in niche programs.

With more and more people online and using mobile devices as well as video increasingly being used to share ideas and information, more robust digital communication skills are needed. Faculty and staff can develop a variety of digital content to enhance student engagement both in the classroom and online. Students can “round out” their skillset to demonstrate to prospective employers their ability to communicate through video, web content, and mobile apps regardless of their degree.

Adobe For Academics Web Site Screenshot

A fantastic resource showcasing the use of Adobe creative tools in an academic setting can be found at This site hosts an ever-increasing number of academic projects including sample assets. Additionally, you can filter the types of projects displayed by digital content (activity), academic discipline, or Adobe application (product). Take a look, try some of the projects, and let us know what you think!

Adobe Illustrator’s Pattern Tool

Adobe Illustrator’s Pattern Tool can  quickly add spice to the background of your project.  In this case, I used it to create the horizontal stripes making up the background of this infographic.


Check out this YouTube video for a short tutorial on how to use the Pattern Tool.


Scott Trudeau 
Solutions Consultant, Adobe Inc.

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Introducing Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC

(via Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of new Photoshop CC features for Creative Cloud members. This update to Photoshop CC (version 14.1) includes an exciting new technology, Adobe Generator, which allows new workflows, especially for web designers, screen designers, and anyone who needs to extract image assets out of a Photoshop document.

For more information about Adobe Generator, including videos, please click here.

Thomas Knoll: The Story of Photoshop

Thomas Knoll, Photoshop co-inventor, provides insights on the fascinating history of Photoshop, the recent shift to the Creative Cloud, and the new Photoshop Photography Program:
(watch) Thomas Knoll: The Story of Photoshop

Thomas Knoll, Photoshop co-inventor.

Thomas Knoll, Photoshop co-inventor.

Creating Static and Interactive Infographics with Illustrator and Muse

This week, the team I work on at Adobe was given a special task; to create new education-based assets to use in demonstrations, tutorials and to share with educators and other education colleagues. The main idea being to produce content that could be considered usable from a “non-designer/arts” perspective. Continue reading…