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Part 2: How To Make Your Own Filters for Adobe Premiere

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Now that you've changed the size and position of your preview window, you probably also want to change to position of your sliders and text. Again, just select them and drag them where you want them to be.

Changes I made to my filter in ResEdit.

While we're on the topic, you've probably noticed one of the problems with Filter Factory, namely that the text next to your sliders gets cut off. To rectify this situation, just grab one of your text boxes there and stretch it out. (You can also just double-click on the text box and enter a numeric value for the width of the text box. (Use the number labeled "Right," as seen highlighted below, and enter in a larger value. This is actually the position of the right side of the text box, not its width, so the number will change if you reposition the text box later.)

All right. So now you're happy with the position and size of your text and preview window. All that's left is to paste in your graphic. So just type Command-V to paste it. Then position it wherever you want. You can paste in any number of graphics here, assuming ResEdit has been given enough memory to handle them. If not, you'll need to quit ResEdit and assign more memory to it, as described above. (You'll know if you haven't given it enough memory by the fact that your graphics are not being pasted in.)

The final filter, graphics and all, as seen in use in Adobe Premiere. The larger
preview window makes it a lot more valuable as a tool, and the added
graphics give it a visual touch that let's your colleagues know
you write your own software.

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If your new graphics cover up your functional interface elements, just move them into a better position. You can arrange these elements over your graphics, but the results can be iffy. To do so, just cut the elements using Command-X, and then paste them back in. When you paste them back in, they automatically more to the top of the layer order. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't. You won't know until you try out your filter. Whatever you do, don't cut all of the elements at once. This seems to confuse ResEdit and causes it to reassign functionality to each element. (For example, your preview window might become the "OK" button, even though it still looks like the preview window. I learned this the hard way.)

When you're all done laying out your interface, save your file and quit ResEdit. Now move your redesigned filter into the Premiere Plug-Ins folder and test it out. (Of course, you'll need to quit and relaunch Premiere to load your new filter.) Voila! You now have your very own customized filter. (If things didn't work out, you can either open the same file in ResEdit and make changes or start from scratch with a fresh duplicate of your filter.)

Next week we'll get back into the Filter Factory and look at some more complex functions for creating filter effects.

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