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Possibly the graphic settings and Premiere project settings don't match, and quality is lost trying to make them "fit" together.
Maybe try creating your graphics using a DV preset in Photoshop, that way they'll match when brought into Premiere.
I can't give DIRECT help... but some ideas
You might search the forum again and read the messages about the Premiere titler and making "good" titles... your choice of letter size and font is a KEY element in this
You might also try something other than a GIF and see if you have better results, something like TIF or PSD that is not compressed
My first question would be, why are you choosing GIF for the images to Import into PP? It has very limited capabilities, and other formats might work much better for your purposes. So might other workflows/techniques.
Tell us a bit more about your Projects and also your workflow. Doing things, as you are doing them might never yield better results, but changing the file format, or doing it differently, to acheive the same end, may well do the trick.
Ruud's link is a good one, and gives quite a bit of explanation, as to what can go wrong, and ways to correct this.
Last, what is your Export, DVD, high-rez projector, Web?
Hello everyone and thanks for the input, here's a little more info. I use default Premiere project size (DV NTSC, 720x480, etc) and my deliverables will be video for the web (flash). I've had a look at a few of links provided by others, which were helpful, but much of it seemed to relate to Illustrator, which I don't use. Importing text based graphics within video is relatively new for me, so initially, a .gif seemed like a good idea (I see now it isn't). I'm now importing .psd's. and am using the DV preset in Photoshop as well. I'm using suggested fonts, web-only colors, am reducing the brightness and opacity as well, but I'm still not satisfied at all with the quality, it is still noticeably fuzzy. I haven't figured out if my initial PhotoShop document should be 720x480 or other. Still experimenting.
I suppose I was looking for a step-by-step, recipe, for create basic text graphics and I seem to be unable to make this work.
Can anyone whos having success with clean text based graphics, give me their settings or step-by-step to help me resolve my issue? Im sure others in my situation would also benefit.
I find that I am happier with the PSD text in Premiere Pro if it has a deop shadow with wide dispersion. The problem is that the DV codec doesn't like sharp edges, so if there is a light drop shadow it works better.
Hey Steven, I'm literally working on a project as we speak, can you give me a few of your favorites?
I would be happy to put something together. If you email me a PSD file, I will see how it looks on my system, and perhaps I can improve on it using drop shadows or whatever. My email address can be found by clicking on my name in this post.
Also, if you send me a frame grab of what the title is to be superimposed on, that would help.