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Best is to use psd as you can import them as a layered file and adjust in PS if necessary.
AI gets rasterized into one file.
And yes its should be RGB
If the lower third is not too complicated you can make it it the Titler.
It is best to create the lower 3rd in After Effects and export it to your project.
> It is best to create the lower 3rd in After Effects and export it to your project.
That depends. If the lower third is just a static graphic, then Photoshop is a fine choice. If it's animated, then After Effects is the better choice.
I kind of like Premiere's Titler.
I build motion and layering with nested sequences.
So you are saying that an AI file gets rasterized, though a .PSD does not?
Is there ever a reason to use a resolution higher than 72ppi?
Rasterization will take place at some point. Even if you have Smart Obects in the PSD, it will be Rasterized for Video.
I find that if working with AI Images, PS does a better job with the Rasterization, than earlier versions of PrPro did. Have not tested with CS 5/5.5, and since so many improvements were made in those, such as the new Scaling algorithms, it might now be moot. Got to test for myself.
I do many of my Titles in PS (though also do many, as per Stephen's reply), and often animate my PSD's Layers, in PrPro. For intricate animation, I do agree that After Effects is better, but I am seldom needing its power - PrPro offers about all the animations that I need.