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Building Your Opening Logo

Every Star Wars movie has its instantly recognizable opening logo, and every good parody (or homage) should have it, too. Creating the logo is straightforward. You’ll use the Titler to enter this text: clone attack. Just be sure you use the font from this chapter. The font is so recognizable that people will understand the reference right away. In addition, the logo behaves a certain way (static and bigger than full screen for the first few seconds, then drifting out to vanish in deep outer space). As long as you follow these few simple rules, everyone will understand the reference.

Set Up Your Logo in the Titler

  • red-circle-1.jpg Move the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the end of the Timeline by pressing End on the keyboard.
  • red-circle-2.jpg Click the Add Default Text button under the Monitor panel and the Titler opens with the Add Text automatically selected. Type over it with this text:
    • clone
    • attack
  • red-circle-3.jpg Highlight the text you just typed by dragging your mouse across it or by pressing Ctrl-A on your keyboard.
  • red-circle-4.jpg Right-click the text and from the contextual menu, select the Star Jedi Hollow font.

Adjust and Stylize the Logo

  • red-circle-1.jpg The font looks cool, but you need to adjust the font size and reduce the leading to make it dramatically fill the screen and give it that distinctive Star Wars look. To do so, in the Titler Properties panel, enter these settings:
    • Font Size: 305
    • Leading: -198 (negative)
  • red-circle-2.jpg Adjust the text justification by clicking the Center Text button.
  • red-circle-3.jpg Center the two words on the screen this way:
    • Click the Vertical Center button.
    • Click the Horizontal Center button.
  • red-circle-4.jpg Click the Color Properties button.
  • red-circle-5.jpg Select a yellow color by entering these settings:
    • R: 255
    • G: 255
    • B: 0
  • red-circle-6.jpg Click OK, then click anywhere on the Timeline to exit the Titler.

Relocate the Clone Attack Logo

  • red-circle-1.jpg Select the Clone Attack clip and move the title up the Timeline so the head of the new title aligns with the tail of the other two clips.
  • red-circle-2.jpg Extend the duration of the starfield.jpg by dragging the tail of the clip up the Timeline so that it aligns with the tail of the Clone Attack title clip.
  • red-circle-3.jpg Zoom the Timeline so that you can see all of the clips on the Timeline.
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