My "poor man's" workaround for leading is to insert a new line between lines of title text, then type a blank space, then change its font size to something that works. I've only used kearning occasionally, and then only for fancy titles where I wanted to fill up the space for emphasis.
I wonder why Adobe dropped these features? Perhaps it was:
1. accidentally (they didn't realize it happened)
2. intentionally (perhaps becasue feature wasn't working correctly and didn't want to delay the release
3. intentionally (for simplification purposes)
If its reason 1 or 2, then we can probably expect it to reappear in PE 12. But if its reason 3, I'm worried because more "dumbing down" and "take aways" for this product will really impact us video
Just my $.02
Well this is a drag!
Just upgraded from PrE 9 to 11. The extra RAM is great but why the heck did Adobe pull the leading and kerning? Having this function helped text titles look more spiffy. Is there an effective way to let Abobe know that there are people who are disappointed that this feature was dropped?
I have never read of a reason for the removal of what I, too, consider basic type-handling adjustments. Version to version, things change - usually for the better, though not always.
Now, if you have Photoshop, or PS Elements, it does have more type capabilities. I often do my Titles in PS, and then Import those PSD's, for use in Premiere. The up-side is much more control, but the downside is that to make changes/corrections, one must go back to PS, do the editing there, then Save_As PSD, Importing and replacing the existing PSD's, as needed.
For really intricate type-handling, I will do the initial work in Adobe Illustrator, then Place that AI file into a PS Image, set up to match my video Project's Frame Size.
Here's a workaround that allows one to make text corrections in PrE 11 and preserves kerning and leading. It will only work if you have a previous version of PrE, like version 9 or 10 and maybe even in earlier versions.
Create a title in a previous version of PrE. Adjust the font, leading, and kerning. When you like the looks of the title, go to File>Export>Title. It will be saved as a .prtl file.
Now the title is ready to be used in PrE 11. Import the title into your project by going to Add Media>Files and Folders. Find the .prtl file that you've created and double click it.
When you bring the title in, all the leading and kerning will be preserved and you will be able to correct and change the words in your title while preserving the kerning and leading.
This is an older thread going back to May 2013 so I am not sure how soon Susan Verner will see your question on what she said was her workaround for this text matter.
But, when she says "...(this is also a workaround for text animation on multi-line titles....", then she must be talking about what I described in my blog post under the header of
"Applying Text Animation to 2 or more lines of text per Title (in this example 3 lines)"
With this technique and the example that I wrote about, there were 3 lines of text all within the same Title file, not 3 lines of text each with its own Title file.
Please let me know if you have any question on the blog post content.