How To Add Hand Drawn Elements In Premiere Pro


Hi Guys! Jordan with Motion Array, and today, we’re going to show you how to use your own hand drawn elements in Premiere Pro! So let’s jump into it!

How To Add Hand Drawn Elements In Premiere Pro

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If you’ve wandered around the internet for a while, you might have seen this sort of hand-drawn sketching style every so often.  And if you wanted to create that same look and style for yourself, well you have a couple different options. You can try to find elements online that you have permission to use or, you can make them yourself.  And believe it or not, in this case, making it yourself might actually be easier! So let me show you.

You need 3 things.  You need a piece of white paper, a sharpie, and you need a scanner. Most printers come equipped with some form of scanner now, but if that doesn’t work, just use a camera, you phone camera can even work for this, so there’s no excuse for not having the materials to do it yourself.

Step 1 is draw the object you’re wanting to incorporate in your video.  For me let’s say I want to make an arrow that points to an object somewhere in my frame. I’ll just draw it out.  

From there, take your scanner, and scan that photo of your paper onto your computer.  If you don’t have a scanner, you can actually take a picture, just make sure that the picture is absolutely sharp.  Take it from as top-down of an angle as possible, and make sure that the lighting over the paper is very even and bright.  If you have any shadows on your paper, you might run into problems.

So now that you’ve got your photo of your element on your computer, bring it into premiere.  And from here you can just drag and drop it onto your scene.

Next highlight this layer and go to effect controls and down to opacity.  From here you have what are called blend modes, and if you want to check out more about Blend modes, we have a video all about that! Check it out in the description below!   But from here under your blend modes you want to select Multiply. This will get rid of the white and keep the black elements. If yours isn’t coming out quite right, you can use lumetri color to try and make the white of the paper even brighter and this will help the paper to completely disappear.  

But if other parts of your paper aren't being cooperative, as long as they’re not touching your element, you can mask around them with the pen tool under opacity as well.  Leaving just that section to be worked with.

And that’s basically all you need to do to make this effect work with your own hand drawn elements, but I want to show you guys even more ways you can take advantage of this effect now that you know how to actually get it.  Once you get your final element down, it’s possible that a dark element won't work if you have a dark frame, so, by going to effects, and typing in invert and choosing the channel invert effect, you can flip the black and white elements of your drawings.  But now we’re getting rid of the wrong part, so I’m actually going to go to our blend mode here and just switch it from multiply to screen, and now our hand drawn elements are white, kind of like chalk or writing with a white pen on a blackboard.

Awesome! But you might be wondering, is that it?  What else can I do with this effect? Well now that you have the technique, I’ve actually found that this can really open up the doors of creativity.  Let’s say for example you want to have a unique lower third, but you want it to be super personalized. You can get your client’s signature or hand drawn version of their name instead, in their own handwriting.  This could set apart your project by giving it that next level amount of a personalized touch.

Or you could animate an element that you have by using the scribble animation in after effects. We have a tutorial for that as well and it’s this one here, the link to it is in the description below as well.  

Basically, if you can draw it, or put it on a piece of paper, you can incorporate it into your scene.  The level creativity is really up to you.

But if after all that you want to use some really high quality hand drawn elements instead, we have a ton of different elements, transitions, or just cool little things for you to place into your scenes to add a little bit of flare.  I’ve linked to some of my favorite hand drawn elements:

Well, that concludes this tutorial. I hope you found it helpful, if you did, please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more tutorials please go ahead and subscribe because we’re making new ones all the time.  I hope you guys found it helpful.  If you did, we’ve got lots of other Premiere Pro tutorialsAfter Effects tutorials and filmmaking tutorials!

Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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