Ability to align text within a text box (not just aligning the box itself)
Currently in EG text boxes can be aligned within the sequence area. I have run into time where I am trying to center text within the top half or bottom half of the screen. Since there are no guides in Premiere, the easiest thing would be to make the text box the size of the area you want to center the text, and center the text within that box. Or align to the bottom, or whatever is needed. Adding the ability to create guides would solve this issue, but one should also have basic text control within the text box itself.
Vertical Alignment options for Text in a Box first appeared in Beta build 14.2.0 × 28.Available in any public release after 14.2
@Trey Fortner I've tried reproducing the problem you've described and have not been able to. Could you perhaps export a mogrt or save a project with nothing but the problematic text layer Text Layer which and send that to me?
In the meantime, as an alternative to holding a ruler up to the screen, you can now go to Pr's View menu and turn on Show Rulers and Show Guides. This will help you see where your Program Mon's center is at and even let you snap to a centered guide line.
Also, is there a reason you need to stay on Pr 14.8? As Dacia mentioned, 14.8 is recent enough to support the centering behavior you want, but the current version (15.1) contains a lot of improvements since 14.8.
Trey Fortner commented
Follow up: Every time I click the "Horizontal Center" button under the Align and Trasform panel, the text box MOVES!! If it's already center aligned, wouldn't clicking a "center" button keep it in the same spot? So yeah, I have several chapters in a 2hr movie. I'd really rather not have to use a ruler on my screen and manually move each title. Why is centering not CENTERING? :-)
Trey Fortner commented
I have looked everywhere and STILL cannot solve this problem. But since it looks like someone from Adobe is actually being responsive here, I'll add to this thread.
I am running Premier Pro 14.8.0 on Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6
Per James S below, I have done EXACTLY those steps 1-4 as YES, that is exactly what I'm wanting to do (center my text on screen). What could be simpler?
However, my text is STILL not centered. I have chapter titles between each major section of my film. They simply fade in and fade out over black. Couldn't be simpler. Except that every one of them is off center. My text is center aligned both inside the box and it's position on screen. I kept thinking my eyes were off so I physically took a ruler and held it up to my screen. The left edge of my text is 3 3/8" from the left Title Safe line. The right side of my text is 2 1/4" from the right Title Safe line.
Vertical Alignment for text in a box is alive!!! What version of Premiere Pro are you running? We've been releasing monthly so I'm a little bit hazy on the specific version that this first appeared in but if you update to the most current version of Premiere, you will find new options in the UI to align text vertically.
Lemme know if this is not what you're looking for or if there is another feature here that you'd like to see.
Deyan Nenov commented
Has this been resolved as of October 2020? Only horizontal alignment is still available, with no vertical alignment.
And to try to address any attempt to misread this problem - it is the text within the text box alignment. Not the box on the screen. The same way 'Center align text' works but vertically within the box. Equivalent to ctrl+B in InDesign.
Just wanted to point out that for the last year or so, users can quickly add a background rectangle to any text layer by selecting the text layer, then scrolling down and checking "Background" right below Fill and Stroke in the Appearance section.
You'll have the options to change the color, opacity, and size of the box. You can use the Text Alignment buttons below the font menu to center your text within the box, and the Align tools to center the box itself in regards to the video frame.
If you hold down Command/ Control while you're moving the shape in the Program Monitor, you will enable "snapping" which makes it a little easier to line things up as well.
We also do have Rulers and Guides as well. There are handy buttons for each that can be added via the Button Editor below the Program Monitor for easy access, or you can enable them via the top bar View Menu. Guides can also be saved and shared through an import / export function.
Hope this saves y'all a few steps in your workflow.
ROBERT ANDREWS commented
I am a Premiere Pro novice and was searching today far and wide with the app to do this vertical justification with a text box as I had text and a background color. I didn't like the look of the text top aligned in the colored box and didn't want to add a separate graphic to further clutter my timeline. What I stumbled across was this approach: (1) create the text and size it such that the top and bottom lines are near the text box edges; (2) click on the text box and go to the Effects Control for this item; (3) fill in a background color of your choosing; and (4) right below the background color selection are the opacity and size settings -- adjust the size setting so that the text appears to be vertically aligned in the text box.
Stefan Wennerberg commented
Vertical align in the text box = very useful. Please, give us this.
In Premiere Pro AND After Effects.
Why? When vertical align is set to "middle" there are no issues if a text has one, two, three or more lines - it's just fix itself without any additional settings.
The function should be similar like in Indesign.
R. Neil Haugen commented
This would be so useful when modifying and matching graphics.
Conrad Chavez commented
To clarify this request, please see my reply in the thread that Sam posted earlier, because I included a graphic to help show what he means:
The desired behavior is to align text within the text layer, not within the video frame. Making that distinction would make it possible to align text horizontally or vertically within a text layer while allowing the text layer to be positioned anywhere within the video frame.
Adobe InDesign has this feature:
It's very useful there, and very much missed in other Adobe professional graphics/video applications.
Sam Bender commented
Before I found this feature request, here is a question I asked on the Adobe forums on how to do this
I can't seem to attach it so I posted it here: https://vimeo.com/285141324
That was just one approach, based on what I thought you wanted. If you want to center text over a rectangle or some other symmetrical shape, you can either use Snap Graphics, or select them both, press Align Vertically, then Align Horizontally, then drag them both as one (now aligned on both center axes) to wherever you want them to be. Use Align buttons and snapping together to get even more control. I made a screen mov to show you what I mean, if I can find a way to attach it here I will do so.
If that's still not what you want you may need to explain in greater detail, and perhaps show me with one or more pictures.
Cari Rillo commented
As you said "Move it to about where you want it vertically in the Program Mon." About being the important word in this sentence. It is just cumbersome right now to center text on top of objects (what if you have various objects around the space that aren't themselves centered). A quick way would be to be able to drag the text box to the objects size and center the text within the box.
Thank you for taking time to let us know how we can make Pr better. Fortunately, in this case, I think the behavior you need is already possible.
1) Select a text layer in Program Monitor
2) Move it to about where you want it vertically in the Program Mon
3) Press "Horizontal Center" in the Essential Graphics Panel (EGP) ...under the Align and Distribute area
4) In the same panel (under the Text area), press "Center align text"
Now your text is centered in its box and also centered to the frame at the right y coordinate. Is that what you want? Additionally, from the Program Mon Settings ("wrench") menu you can turn on Snap Graphics which will let you do it in a more WYSIWYG way using snapping and temporal guide lines.
We have a separate request open for adding Guides and Grids, so we recognize the need for that too someday. But for now I think you can do what you want using Snap Graphics and/or the EGP buttons.