Drop shadow for Captions?

New Here ,
Apr 25, 2018 Apr 25, 2018

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Hey all,

Super stumped with this but is it possible to add a drop shadow for captions? I know it's possible to add an edge, but a client of mine is specifically requesting a drop shadow.

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Explorer , May 14, 2018 May 14, 2018
You can apply a drop shadow effect to open captions from the effects menu.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 26, 2018 Apr 26, 2018

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Simple answer is no, you cannot add drop shadows to captions within the Captions option in Premiere Pro.

You can manually create titles with that effect and use them as subtitles in your footage. However, you cannot export captions as separate text files (srt), as drop shadow is not part of any text format: it's a design choice.

The only way to export the titles separately would be to export them out as a separate layer (on a transparent canvas) with transparancy enabled. Either as a complete video that matches the length of your destination sequence or as separate images files. With the latter, you would need some form of guidance to tell the player when which image should be displayed. This is typical for .idx and .sub formatting.

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May 14, 2018 May 14, 2018

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You can apply a drop shadow effect to open captions from the effects menu.

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2018 Jun 18, 2018

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Morgan, were you really able to do that? How did you do it? Every time I drag the Drop Shadow effect to the captions it won't let me.

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Sep 10, 2018 Sep 10, 2018

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danielc53885310  wrote

Morgan, were you really able to do that? How did you do it? Every time I drag the Drop Shadow effect to the captions it won't let me.

You drag from the Effects panel to the Captions stream in the Timeline (not in the Captions panel).

It creates a drop shadow on the background box.

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Explorer ,
Sep 10, 2018 Sep 10, 2018

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Can I suggest a simple work-around.  Select the text that you wish to add the drop-shadow and in essential graphics edit panel, create a duplicate entry by right clicking/duplicate.  Select the lower copy and change the colour to black, then in Align and Transform offset the black caption position right and down.

It is relatively quick to do and gives the desired effect. 

I hope this helps.

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Thanks! I'll definitely try that next time.

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Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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I thought Guy' suggestion would mean doing that for every caption. Adding one effect to the whole stream would be easier.

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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I perceived it as making an extra layer with all the effects applied. Then I could just copy and paste the layer above onto all my other sequences‘ captions.

I have to try it first though.

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Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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I applied the effect to the caption stream layer in the timeline. You could copy/paste attributes if you have many streams.

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Explorer ,
Sep 09, 2018 Sep 09, 2018

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Thanks! I had srt files and hated to manually create another title layer. It would've been such a hassle.

Not I just have to apply the effect and adjust the details. It makes my life so much easier!

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Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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THANK YOU!!! I've been struggling with making subtitles for a movie and I was about to lose all hope and make the titles the old-fashiones way (with the Type Tool and Essential Graphics) but now I can just add a drop shadow to the open captions SRT file and do it all instantly! Veyr much appreciated.

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