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TUTORIAL MARCH 6 , 2001
Part 2: How To Make Your Own Filters for Adobe Premiere

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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.

Keep in mind that things can sometimes go wrong when you're goofing around in ResEdit. Sometimes everything will look fine, but then, when you use your filter, some elements are missing. Maybe a graphic. Maybe an important user item, such as a check box. It's all kind of random, but it can probably be traced back to you just trying to do too many things at once. Try to save often. 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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