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Video Makers: Design your own Lower Third Graphic

teacher avatar Mikael Baggström, Music Composer | Sound Designer | Video Producer

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    • 2.

      Design your Lower Third Graphic


    • 3.

      Animate your Lower Third Graphic


    • 4.

      Export as a Final Video File


    • 5.

      Your Next Action


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About This Class

In this Class you will Learn:

How to Design your own Professional Lower Third Graphic for your Videos.

After this Class you will be able to:

  1. Design your own professional and branded lower third graphic.
  2. Apply animation to the graphic to add visual interest.
  3. Export the complete lower third animation as a video file, which you then can reuse in any video project you make.

What Benefits will You get from this Class?

  1. Make your Videos look more Professional
  2. Strengthen your Personal Brand
  3. Increase your Credibility

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Mikael Baggström

Music Composer | Sound Designer | Video Producer


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My name is Mike, and I am a Music Composer, Sound Designer and Artist. I Share my Story, Journey, Experience and Knowledge, to Inspire and Empower Creative People like you. =)


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1. Introduction: Hey, friends in these clothes, I will teach you how to make your own professional lower. Third graphic like this. After this close, you will be able to one design your own professional and branded lower third graphic to apply animation to the graphic to add visual interest. And three, save the complete lower third animation as a video file, which you then can reuse in any video project you make. My name is Mike, and I am a new sick sound and video producer from Sweden. I have a true passion to teach, share an inspire as many people as I can so that you can improve your skills and be inspired and motivated to take action. I am super excited to get started teaching you these clothes, so click the enroll battle and I am waiting for you in the next video. My friends 2. Design your Lower Third Graphic: All right, So what? ISS? A lower third graphic. Basically, it is a graphic overlay in the lower third part of the image frame, including the name, title and sometimes even the website address off the person included in the video in this case yourself. So let's take a look at an example off how a lower third graphic can look like. So here you can see the lower third graphic sliding into the frame and then sliding out again. It really adds a professional touch to your video production as well as strengthen your personal brand and credibility. So how do you create a lower third graphic? Well, there are many ways you can do this, but I will show you the way I you should do it so you can create one for yourself. Okay, so first you go to your image editor and I use a software called Affinity photo, which is similar to Adobe Photo Shop. But you can use any image editor as long as it supports P and G files with transparency. So the first step is really important. You create a new file in your image, editor. So I go up to file new. And then I get this window and you should look for an option to choose transparent background. If you do not find these options anywhere where you create a new file, then you have to choose another image editor. Now, what are you should do, since I always make videos in full HD is that I created file that is 1920 times 10 80 pixels, which is the resolution off a full HD video. The reason I do it this way is that I then can designed the lower third graphics to be wherever I wanted to be in the final video. All right, so let's create this new file allow, and this checkerboard background means that it is transparent. So wherever you see this checkerboard on your document, it means that it is transparent, which means you can create anything in here. And that will be the only port visible when you import it into your video editor. All right, So before I start actually designing and lay outing the lower third graphic, I want to import an image to use as a background which will make it much easier to late. Layout it properly and you can do this by exporting a frame from one of your actual videos . So now I am in my video editor, which is called Screen Flow, and I have found this frame, which I want to use as a temporary background when creating my lower third graphics. So what you want to do in your video editor is to found anywhere where you can export a single frame and in screen flow. It's on file saved frame. So I click here and then choose a folder and a final lane temp background and save it to your computer. Then we go back to the image ater and import the temporary background image we just created . And you can usually do this by just dragging from the file browser into the file in your image editor like this. So now we have added this temporary image as a layer in our image editor, as you can see here, and I can turn it off if I want to, and I get the transparent background back again, and in fact, that is what I will do in the end before I export the final lower third graphic. And now it's time to create all the layers that you want to include for your own lower third graphic. So first you want to create the main background for your lower third graphic, which is where you will put all the texts such as your name, title and so on. So choose to Rick tangled, too. Click somewhere here in the lower third part of the image and drag out. Make sure that it was created on a new layer, and it is that you can see here, it says rectangle. I want to rename it to main background. Now, if you select this layer, you can resize it as you want and also use a different feel color. It's white now, but let's try something different. I like this blue color, so let's go with that one. Now you need to add some contrast to this plane background to make it look more professional and also stand out a bit more from the background. One way of doing this is to duplicate these main background layer and then choose another field color that contrasts this color. In this case, I think white will do good, So let's choose white. Now. Let's rename this layer into something like second background. Now you can get really creative with this second background layer, since it is on top off the main background layer selected and resize it as you want it to be. You could, for example, put it as a contrast ing line on top over the main background or perhaps on the bottom, and then put white text against the blue background. Or perhaps you want to use these white background as the background for your text later. Then you can select the second background and, for example, just drag from left like this. And now you have something that contrast these white background. In fact, I like the look of this now, so I will continue from here. So now it's time to add the text You Walt in your lower third and let's start with your name. So click on the text to and then click somewhere here on the white background and type your name. Now we can choose the font. You want to choose the size and also the color for your text. The most important thing to consider is that all text you add in your lower third graphic should be clear and readable to all viewers, even on smaller devices such as mobile phones. So I recommend you to use a straight formed like, for example, aerial or Helvetica. Let's go with Helvetica Neue. Then you re size it is text to the size you want. I want to make it a bit smaller. Let's go with 18 points, and since your name is the most important text, you might want to make it bold. So now it's time to add your title to the lower third graphic. So click the ticks to again, then click somewhere below your name and write your title in my case music sound. But did you producer? Now let's adjust these text layers a bit. I think my name is a bit too Lord still, so I will reduce it to 16 points and ah, the title layer. Let's make that not bold and then move these around to adjust the layout as well. So this looks quite good now, but perhaps you want to add your website addresses well, and to the right of the tattle, there is too little space, so let's go back to the white background layer and just pull it to the right like this. Then you can click. That takes two again click. Some were here on the right side and write your website address. So now we have our website addresses Will and let's make it bold first. But I think there's too much black text that compete with each other now, so I want to use this blue color as the field color for this text. So let's change the text field color by going to feel choosing the color picker to left clicking and dragging and hoovering above these blue color and then choosing the blue color in the circle. Here and now the text is the same color as this here. Now let's move these text a bit until you're satisfied with the layout. When you are satisfied with the layout, you select all the layers except for the temporary background layer, right click and group these together. Now you can rename this layer into lower third graphic and then click and drag it until you are satisfied with the overrule layout off where you want it to end up in your videos. Something like that, perhaps. All right, now it's time for the final step in your lower third graphic creation, which is to export the final result. So first hide the temporary background later so that you see the checkerboard background again. Then you go to file export and make sure you export as a PNG file and still have the full resolution, which is 1920 times 10 80. Then click on export. Choose a fire lane. So let's go with my lower third graphic and then save it to your computer. All right, you have now learned how to design layout and export your own lower third graphic. So let's continue to the next video, my friends. 3. Animate your Lower Third Graphic: Hey, friends. Now it's time for you to learn how you animate your lower third graphic in your video editor. So first you open up your video editor. In my case, I use screen flow and create a new project. Then you go to the folder where you saved your lower graphic PNG file and drag it into your project. Then drag it into your sequencer. Now that said, the temporary image frame that I created before and then select and ragged below this lower third graphic clip. So this is how you use a lower third graphic. You put your video on this lane and always put your lower third graphic above this lane. And since we used transparency, everything else besides the lower third graphic will be transparent and show what is below this layer. So now it's time to animate how the lower third graphic will enter the frame and then leave the frame. And there are several ways to do this. How do you implement the animation is different depending on the video editor use, but basically you are creating key frames that shows where the animation begins and where it ends, So I will show you how you do this in screen flow. The principle is the same in any video editor. Basically, you create an animation with a start point and an end point. Then you set the values that will change from the starting point of the animation to the ending point. So let's say we want to have this lower third graphic enter the frame from the left, stay there for a while and then leave the frame to the bottom in screen flow. You just select the clip, go to the video mode and add a video action. And this is Yellow Box. Here is actually the starting point off the animation and the ending point off the animation. So this is where we want the low with a graphic to end up. So if we scroll back to the big evening, we can just drag this out of the frame like that. So if I play these animation now, it looks like this. All right, so we have got the animation working, but it's too slow, and the speed is constant as it enters the screen. We can see here that the animation is 1/2 2nd long. I want to reduce that to let's do one second. Then I also wanted to accelerate and d accelerate as it comes into the screen and in screen flow you right, click on the animation and change the curve type to ease in and ease out. And this term is essentially the same in other video editors as well. So if you choose that and then we played animation again, this looks much more professional and dynamic, and in fact, the East in East Out animation style is a very natural type of movement. Now let's do the second animation, where the lower third graphic leaves the frame to the bottom. So let's go to the end of this clip, select it and then at a new video action. And let's put the length the the same as the beginning animation, which was one second from 7 to 8 and then do the same. Here we go to the end and then drag it like so so it is outside of the frame. So now it looks like this and again the speed is constant, so let's right click on this choose curve type and change it to easing and out and now it looks like this. So now these two animations look quite nice, and we could leave them like that. But I want to spice it up even more by also animating the opacity. So let's go back to the beginning off this animation, click on the animation and then choose opacity zero. This means that the animation will also include the capacity going from zero in the starting point to 100% at the ending point so the full animation will look like this Now. This adds a second dimension to the animation and in my opinion, makes it look even more professional. So let's add this style to the second part as well. But here we would go from 100% Teoh syrup percent as it leaves the frame, and it looks like this. All right, that's the finished animation. Let's have a look at it. It flows into the screen, stays there for a while so people can actually read the information and then slides out again. All right, you have now learned how to animate your lower third graphic inside your video editing software, so let's continue in the next video. My friends 4. Export as a Final Video File: Hey, friends. In this video, you will learn how to save the complete lower third animation as a video file. So how do you export your lower third graphic animation so that you can reuse it in other video projects? Basically, you don't want the video or image background. You only want the lower third graphic to be included in that video file. So first delete everything except your lower third graphic. And as you can see, it is only the lower third graphic, but it still has a black background. What you want is basically the same as in the image editor when where you turn off the image layer, that was the temporary background. You see these chicken aboard background, which means that it is transparent. The way you do this in your video editing software is when you choose file and then export , you have to use a preset that includes an L for channel, as you can see here, pro risk with l for when you do this, the area which seems to be black here is actually transparent. So you will Onley get your lower third graphic. So if we export this now, I can then import it as a video file with an Alfa Channel into any video project that I create. So let's import it and put it here in the sequencer. And then we can delete this animation that we created first. And now you can see the little without animation again. But now we can add a background, and you can see that the area around the lower third graphic is indeed transparent. Amazing. Now let's continue to the final video in this clause where you will get to use your new knowledge to create your own lower third graphic. 5. Your Next Action: Hey, friends. Amazing job. Now you have learned how to create, animate and use your own professional and branded lower third graphic. I want to congratulate you for completing this close. This means that you are a person who finish what you start. You keep moving forward and you don't quit. Now it's time for you to take action because action is what leads to success. So action number one leave a review on my clothes. I would really appreciate it because it motivates me to create more classes. Action number to start your close project. Your final close project is to design your own lower third graphic When you have finished it, save it as an image and uploaded here to this close, I am looking forward to see what you create. Finally, I want to thank you for taking my clothes and I hope to see you soon in one of my other closes. I wish you a great day on, remember you look my friends