In this article, you’ll learn how to create Essential Graphics templates
that bring the power of After Effects graphics to Premiere Pro.

What is the Essential Graphics Panel?

You probably know that Adobe makes two pieces of software used in the
video workflow, Premiere Pro and After Effects. They each have a place
in producing and creating great videos: Premiere for the edit, After
Effects for awesome graphics and animation.

It used to be that the two programs were very separate tools, but that’s not so much the case anymore, especially with the Essential Graphics panel. The Essential Graphics panel is all about giving you enhanced graphic animation and editing options in Adobe Premiere. 

In the past, if you wanted to bring advanced animation to your Premiere project, the workflow went something like this:

  • Create your animation or composite in After Effects
  • Export it as a flat video file
  • Add it to your Premiere Pro project

That workflow is cumbersome! Not only is it time-consuming, but it’s also inflexible. If you need to make a minor change, you’re back at step one.

Enter the Essential Graphics panel. It helps you create semi-flexible graphics in After Effects that you can customize in Premiere. That helps you avoid a lot of round-tripping back and forth between the two apps.

Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere
These controls are all available in the Essential Graphics panel for the text overlay, originally created in After Effects.

Let’s learn how to create a flexible graphic in After Effects that you can customize inside of Premiere. If you want to learn more about essential graphics, make sure to check out Adobe’s official page on the Essential Graphics panel and our tutorials.

How to Create a Template for the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro With After Effects

This tutorial starts in Adobe After Effects. We’re going to go through a few key steps to create an Essential Graphics template for Premiere. Here’s how we’ll do it:

  1. Opening a template in Adobe After Effects that’s ideal to convert
  2. Set the options that you want to make customizable in Adobe Premiere, like font colors and text selections
  3. Export the template to a compatible format that’s ready for use in Adobe Premiere
  4. Open the template in Adobe Premiere Pro

1. Open a New Project in After Effects

You can start from scratch with a new project in After Effects, or adapt an existing project. I’m going to use a template from Envato Elements, an all-you-can-download source for video templates: we’ll take a template that’s intended for After Effects, then get it ready for use as a Premiere-friendly template.

I’m going to use Titles and Lower Thirds for Adobe After Effects to demonstrate. It’s a perfect example of a template the works as a Premiere Essential Graphics version, we just need to export it as such.

I’m going to delete everything but the layer titled Title 01. Then, let’s open up the Essential Graphics panel on the Window > Essential Graphics menu.

2. Set the Options to Adapt

Now, we’re ready to add the options that we want to be customizable in Premiere. That might include options like the text color, shape color, and the text itself. Basically, you’re telling After Effects, “here’s what the user can control in Adobe Premiere.”

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