Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
Video: Working with Photoshop files in Premiere ProAs you would probably expect, Premiere Pro gives you very similar input options for Photoshop documents to After Effects. But with perhaps a little bit less detail control. It's just what you'd expect from a system that's primarily a non-linear editor rather than an Effects tool. I'm going to double-click here in the Project panel, and I'm going to open up let's have a look in our graphics. And I'm going to open up this Paladin logo. Let's have, let's have this item here. When you import a Photoshop document, Premiere Pro identifies it as a PSD. And it allows you to chose whether you're going to merge all the layers together into a single footage item, or merge specific layers. So, you can just tick the box for the layers that you want from the Photoshop document.
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Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
As you would probably expect, Premiere Pro gives you very similar input options for Photoshop documents to After Effects. But with perhaps a little bit less detail control. It's just what you'd expect from a system that's primarily a non-linear editor rather than an Effects tool. I'm going to double-click here in the Project panel, and I'm going to open up let's have a look in our graphics. And I'm going to open up this Paladin logo. Let's have, let's have this item here. When you import a Photoshop document, Premiere Pro identifies it as a PSD. And it allows you to chose whether you're going to merge all the layers together into a single footage item, or merge specific layers. So, you can just tick the box for the layers that you want from the Photoshop document.
Or have individual layers, which will not produce a single item, it'll have a seperate item for each layer that you select, or to have a sequence. And for me, I think the sequence is the interesting one. Because it pre-combines each of the layers from the Photoshop document into a sequence with the correct positioning, and so on. You can do it manually, it just saves you a few steps. Now at the bottom, you'll notice that you've got this option for footage dimensions, and you can choose Document Size or Layer Size. What this means is if your individual layers have items on them that are different sizes, perhaps you've got objects that are smaller than the canvas size.
Then each individual layer, if you choose Layer Size, each individual layer will have its own dimensions. But if you chose Document Size, every layer will have the same dimensions which will be based on the original Canvas Size for the full document. This is useful because if you choose Document Size, everything retains it's relative position. So, if you've got something in the top right-hand corner of an image, then it will still be in the right-hand corner. Whereas if you chose Layer Size, when you add that graphic to your sequence, it'll just be centered in the picture.
It'll be in the middle of the screen. One thing worth noting here is that once you've imported a Photoshop document, the same rule applies to After Effects, in this case as it does to Premiere Pro. Once you've imported a Photoshop document, you can't add layers to it and have them seen by the editing system. Now you can if you choose to merge all the layers, effectively this turns the Photoshop document into a footage item. I'll just click OK here and if I, I'll just pull this over onto my timeline. So you see, I've got my palette and logo.
And if I hover the mouse over this item, you can see it's not a regular video resolution. It's 1020 what are we 1042x312 pixels, that's just the size of that Photoshop document. And now I've got it, I can go back into Photoshop and I can do things, anything I like to it. And it'll update. So here, if I right-click and choose Edit Original, this is going to fire up Photoshop and let's close this other instance. I've called this Paladin Logo Begin because this is before I'm going to make any changes to it. But if I maybe add a layer here in Photoshop and let me see it's behind the sparkle.
I'll just make it really, really obvious. I'm just going to get the paintbrush, and let's chose some really simple brush. Okay. Okay, that's fine. Now, if I draw a line across this, how wonderful. (LAUGH) Let's save that, and lets toggle back over to Premiere Pro. And you can see that layer has been added. So far, so good. Now if I go back, and I'm going to Undo, and let me just Ctrl+Alt or Command+Alt+Z to undo here.
And again, I'm going to get rid of that extra layer and I'm going to save. So, we're back to the three layer original Photoshop document with this drop shadow on it. And notice if I go back to Premiere Pro, that drop shadow is on it, it is supported. You can't really do anything with it. If I go to my Effect controls, you'll notice I don't have drop shadow as an option to adjust in the way that I would do if I imported the Photoshop document into After Effects. But at least, it's on at the Photoshop engine is there, and I can see the results of that layer style. This time around, I'm going to double-click and I'm going to choose this Photoshop document again.
And I'm going to click Open. by the by, notice you've got this image sequence options. So, if you choose a series of images that at the same and you've got numbers in them, then tick the box, and Premiere Pro will import them as a footage item. It's quite intelligent, it won't do this unless it's formatted with numbers in the, the name of the graphic, or the name of the frame. I'm going to click Open, and this time around, I'm going to choose Sequence. And you see I'm going to have my three layers. They're not named very helpfully. It would have been helpful if I had given these more meaningful names inside the Photoshop document.
This is less important, I think in Premiere Pro, than it is in After Effects. Where you might expect to be drilling down deep into the layers and working on them directly on the timeline. But it's still useful to plan ahead and think about that while you're making the Photoshop document. I'm going to click OK. And again, now I've got a folder that's being created automatically in Premiere Pro, I've got a sequence that contains the individual layers from that Photoshop document. Now I can open these up and work on them individually.
Not particularly exciting. I got some, some shimmer effect there. But if we take this text layer, for example, and throw it onto the timeline, you can see it is honoring the glow. It's not much of a glow but it is there for that layer. So, I've got individual access. But if I just remove this and hitting the Delete key on the keyboard, I'm going to drag the sequence that contains all of those layers in. And now you can see its pretty small. Then if I just zoom in little bit, perhaps you can see I've got that combined composite image.
So, I can use the Photoshop document in this way. As a graphic, I can use Photoshop as the text editor or the title editor for Premiere Pro. But if I double-click to open up the sequence, and I'm just going to zoom in a little bit with the Plus key at the top of my keyboard. And maybe just, just come out a little bit, you can see I've got each individual layer. Because each layer acts as a separate segment on that timeline. I can go to my Effect Controls panel, select one of these, and do what I want to it. So, I can maybe select my text, click on Motion, and I can move this around wherever I want and I can animate it.
I've got all of the Animation controls that I might want. So, not quite as much as After Effects, but still pretty good.
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