How to Create Presets in Premiere Pro CC

Premiere Pro 22/11/2018 3 min read

Today, we’re going to go over a simple tip that can help save a lot of time when video editing. You’re going to learn how to create presets in Adobe Premiere Pro! This is a quick way to save your custom effects into a drag and drop form for you to use anywhere you want to. Let’s get started!

How to Save Presets in Premiere Pro

Step 1: Create Your Usual Effect 

The first thing you’re going to do is create your effect as you normally would. This could be a range of different custom effects depending on your needs. 

For the sake of an example, think about a custom effect that animates a title card to go from left to right over the course of a few frames. You would add a directional blur and increase the intensity over roughly the same amount of time. If you wanted to standardize this title card effect and not re-create it every time, that’s when you’d consider saving it as a handy preset! 

Step 2: Creating Your Preset

Once you’re happy with how your effect looks, it’s time for the saving part. Using the title card example again with its two different effects, you could easily turn both into a single effect preset. Here’s how that happens. 

Select one of your effects. If you want to select any additional ones, hold the Control or Command key, and click them. If you want to select everything in your Effects Control panel, right-click, and hit Select All.  

Once you have the selections you want, right-click on one of your selected effects, and choose Save Preset.

Step 3: Adjust the Preset Settings

With your effects determined and the Save Preset button clicked, you’ll now see some settings options. The Save Preset dialogue box lets you select a Name, Type, and Description for your preset. 

Start off by giving your preset effect a name. This name should be informative and distinguish it from other effects. This is so that you can look at it and know exactly what it does.  

Now you have to decide how your new preset will interact with other clips. You have three options for the preset type: Scale, Anchor to In Point, and Anchor to Out Point

  • Scale will take effect and keep the relative time at which it happens. This means that if the effect happens at about 75% through the clip, Scale will keep the relative scale and make it happen at 75% through the next clip you use the effect on.
  • Anchor to In Point will take the distance away from the start of the clip and use that as a reference for all other clips in the future. This is useful for things you want to have happen immediately or very shortly after the start of a clip.  
  • Anchor to Out Point will happen at the end of all future clips you would use it on. 

Finally, you can give it an informative description. This is a great place to add notes to yourself or whoever else might be using this effect in the future in case something is unclear, or if the desire is to have the effect used in a very specific way. Now that you’re done, click OK. 

Step 4: Find Your Preset & Apply It

Finally, to find your preset, go to your Effects tab. There’s a section called Presets, and there you’ll find your newly created preset. All that’s left is to drag and drop and see how it looks on your next clip. Pretty slick, right? 

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create a preset in Premiere Pro. From creating your very first effect to changing that into a full-blown preset, you can now do it all. We’re confident that saving presets will help reduce your editing time, especially if you’re repeatedly creating a similar custom effect. 

And hey, if you’re looking for something specific to use for your next video, our library of Premiere Pro presets can help get you started in an instant!