Creating Motion Graphics in Adobe® Premiere Pro

Importing Layered Graphics File

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This video segment shows how to import a layered Photoshop file into Premiere Pro as a sequence.


  • premiere pro
  • adobe
  • motion graphics
  • photoshop
  • import
  • layered graphics

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Navin Kulshreshtha
First online
31 January 2019
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© Navin Kulshreshtha 2019

Video Transcript

[Audio Starts at 00:00:01]

Kulshreshtha: So to begin with we are going to import a layer Photoshop file. I’ve already created a new project here inside of Premiere Pro and the Photoshop file has already been created. You can see that it’s made up of five different layers so we have all these separate graphics and another thing is if I go to image and then image size the Photoshop file has been set to a size or resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels which is going to be the same resolution that we’re editing at. Now back inside of Premiere Pro in order to import this Photoshop file I’m going to go to file import then I’m going to navigate to the layered Photoshop file like this one right here.

I could either double click it or I could simply click on the import button that’s going to bring up a dialogue box and inside of the import as drop down menu there are actually four different ways of importing a Photoshop file. The first one is called merge all layers and it is essentially going to take all of the Photoshop layers and flatten or merge them into a single graphic. That’s not what we want. The next option merge to layers will allow us to select the Photoshop layers but it’s still going to merge or flatten which is not going to give us enough control. The next option which is called individual layers is better because it’ll take the Photoshop layers and it will convert each one into a separate graphic inside of Premiere Pro. So this is much better but my favorite is called a sequence. It’s the last option in this drop down menu.

It’s going to import the Photoshop layers as separate graphics plus it’s going to place them into a sequence which I’ll show you in a second and we’re going to keep the default here. The footage dimensions is going to be the document sides. When I click on okay here in the project panel you’ll be able to see a new bin or a folder. If I open or expand the contents of the folder you’ll see how we have all five of the Photoshop layers as five graphics and then there’s also a sequence. I usually recognize a sequence from its icon so by looking at this icon I can tell that this is a sequence. When I double click a sequence it’ll open up in the timeline and I can see how I have five tracks. I’m going to zoom in a little bit on the timeline so that I can see my clips or my graphics a little bit more easily.

Right now Premiere Pro has created a sequence that is a mere image of my Photoshop file and this is very useful. Furthermore, when I look at the sequence settings by right clicking and going to sequence settings I can see that the resolution is 1920 by 1080. It’s just matching the Photoshop file so that saves me some time. Now when I click on okay we’re ready to start editing and animating this graphic inside of Premiere Pro. A couple of things let’s say I doubled click on one of these layers such as compass which is some text you’ll notice that it shows up on a black background in the source monitor. These black pixels represent transparent pixels which appear black by default in Premiere Pro. There is an option if I go to the wrench icon I can toggle on the transparency grid and now these transparent pixels appear as the white and gray checkerboard.

I’m going to take it back to its default so if I go back to the wrench icon, go to transparency grid now the transparent pixels will become black and then over here in the timeline we also have little eyeball icons and I can turn the visibility of each track or layer on and off and I can see how I have individual control over each of the graphical elements. One more thing is that when you import a Photoshop file Premiere Pro will recognize all of the layers. When you import an illustrator file, an Adobe illustrator file Premiere Pro does not recognize the layers inside of an illustrator file and an illustrator file will get flattened automatically which is the reason I created this graphic inside of a Photoshop file.