Adobe Premiere: How To Use the Tools and Palettes

Adobe Premiere is one of the most popular pieces of video editing software currently available. The software is very popular because it's from such a trusted name. Adobe is well known for making video and image editing software. By choosing Adobe Premiere you will be able to benefit from a familiar user interface without needing to learn anything complicated.

The way Tools and Palettes windows are displayed in Premiere is similar to other Adobe applications. These palettes make it possible to adjust various aspects in your video. These include texts, color schemes, timing and effects. Different palettes can be displayed at different times to make different things possible.

Step 1: Floating Panels

By default the palettes and tool boxes in Adobe Premiere are not displayed in the same way as other Adobe applications. Instead of floating above the work space they are actually fixed in it. These are displayed as panels which can only be adjusted in width. If you want the panels to float rather than being fixed then you should hold down control and click the palette that you want to float. If you're using a Mac then you should hold down Command and click instead.

By floating panels you will be able to arrange them easier. It also makes it possible to move some of the panels over to other monitors on computers with more than one monitor attached.

Step 2: Resizing Panels

Any panels which are visible can be easily resized the same way as in any other application. If you hover over the edges of the panels the cursor will change to show which way the panels can be adjusted. Clicking and dragging the panels will increase or reduce the size. The panels will have a minimum width that you won't be able to reduce them more than. Adjusting the size of your palettes and tools boxes will make it much easier to save space and make the canvas bigger.

Step 3: Moving Panels

If the panels are floating then it's possible to move them around so that they are positioned conveniently. This should make it much easier to use Premiere because all of the tools and palettes will be in the right positions. Designing your work space will take time to perfect. This is because you might want to make changes to it when you start using it. Over time though it should be really easy to perfect and adjust the workspace.

Step 4: Saving the Layout

Once you have chosen the correct layout for your tools and palettes windows you can then save the layout. To do this click on Window and select Save Layout. Name your layout so that you will be able to find it easily again. It will then be possible to recall the saved layout whenever you need it.

Multiple layouts can be created for various tasks which will make these things much easier. It is then easy to load each workspace when you want to use them. They can all be found listed in the window menu of the application.

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