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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey gang this is Dick McCullugh. Welcome to Geeks Techniques. Now I'm sure you remember our good friends the Go Pro Hero 3, and the DJ I Phantom quad copter. Well were still in the middle of editing the quad-copter crashes video. In this movie Im going to show you how to color correct a video inside Photoshop as well as how to add a soundtrack. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. Alright, so here I am, 18 seconds into the movie. I'll go and zoom in just a little bit, here.
And then, I'll select the from on high layer, which is the second to top layer, here inside the layers panel. And because I want to be able to name my adjustment layer as I create it, I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and click the little black white circle down here at the bottom of the layers panel. And then I'll start with a levels adjustment. Now because I have alter option down, that brings up the new layer dialogue box. I'm going to go ahead and call this guy contrast and presumably because I'm working inside of a video group, Photoshop automatically turns on use previous layer to create clipping mask.
Which is not something I want, because if I leave that on I will affect just this top video clip and nothing else. If you want to effect the entire movie, then you need to turn this check box off like so, and then click okay. And now the one change I am going to make here inside the properties panel is to take the black point up to 35 like so and we end up with these much better shadows. Now I want more vivid color, so I'll press the Alt key or the Option key again, click on the black white icon and choose vibrance.
And I'm not going to make much of a change to the name of this layer, but I am going to turn off that checkbox and again click OK. And then I'll take that vibrance value up to 50, so that we have much more saturated colors. The final thing to do is to introduce some warmth into the skin tones. So, once again press alt or option, click on the black light icon and choose Color Balance. And I'm going to call this layer" warmth" and of course turn off the check box and click OK. Now I will say, by the way, that I usually prefer to change something like color balance by using the much more powerful camera raw filter, but the only way to do that is to convert your entire movie to a smart object and that would greatly limit your ability to edit it the future.
So, I'm just going to go with color balance this time. And I'm going to take that cyan red value up to 15, which is going to introduce some redness, and take out some of the cyan. And then I'm going to take the yellow blue value to negative 10, which is going to theoretically take some of the blue out of the scene. And we end up with this much better effect right here. And if you want to get a sense for the before and after, then just go ahead and turn off the eyes for all three adjustment layers. This is the washed out version of the scene. And this is the much improved version.
Thanks to these three very small and flexible adjustment layer Now of course we need a soundtrack for the movie. And I'll introduce one by going down to this audio track item here, and I'll click on the plus button, and then you want to find this file right there, duckyderby.wav. I'll go ahead and click the Open button in order to introduce it to the scene. Now, what I want to do is, drag the entire song over to the right, so that it starts well into the movie. But notice I can't do that. If I try to move it over, it doesn't move.
And that's because, in addition to the soundtrack being selected So is this adjustment layer inside the layers panel. Now that might not make much sense on the face of it. But perhaps, it'll make more sense if I select a different layer. I'll go ahead and select black, which is that very first bit of blackness in the scene. And now, notice I can't drag the music either. And that's because black is stuck there in that location. If I were to successfully move the music, I would have to move it all the way out beyond the end of the movie. Which is obviously not what I want, so what we need to do is deselect everything but the audio track.
Which you can do by pressing the ctrl key or the cmd key on the Mac and clicking on an empty portion on that layer, so we could have done that with the adjustment layer as well. But you have to Control click or Command click on an empty area, so you don't end up selecting the contents of the layer. And now notice that I can move this soundtrack to any location I like. Now, the location I'm looking for incidently is 25 seconds in. So I'll just go ahead and drag this guy over. Or, couple more keyboard shorts you might want to know about: Once again, you have to have enabled timeline shortcut keys turned on for these to work.
And then you can move the play head forward one frame at a time by pressing left or right arrow key. If you press Shift along with the right or left arrow key, you'll move the playhead in ten frame increments and if you want to move that playhead in full second increments, notice right now it's set to 19:06, then you press Shift + down arrow in order to move it ahead or Shift + up arrow to move it backward. And in case you're wondering what then does the up or down arrow key do by itself.
Why if you press the up arrow key, it moves the play head to the beginning of the selected clip. If you press the down arrow key, it moves it to the end of the selected clip, right there. Now, I'd rather start from the beginning of that clip, like so, which is at 14 seconds and one frame in. And then, I'll just press shift down arrow key as many times as it takes to advance, roughly, to 25 seconds, like so And then I'll press left arrow key to nudge it just one frame to the left. And now I'll drag this soundtrack over to the right so it snaps into place.
I'll also right click on it notice my audio options here I'm going to take the volume down to 50%. And I'll leave both of the fade values set to zero because this song starts and stops just the way I want it to. And now I'll press the enter key in order to accept that change. And now I'm going to play this movie back, now if I play it at 100% it's going to look really choppy onscreen. And that's because notice this little setting icon If you click on it, the resolution is set to 50%, that's the default when playing back a movie. You see it at 50% resolution, which means you see big pixels.
If you change it to 100%, so you have smooth pixels, why then you don't have smooth playback, it's going to be jumpy. So we'll leave it set to 50% but what I'll do, just because there's no sense in being zoomed in like this. I'll go ahead and press control zero or command zero on the Mac in order to zoom out. So we can see the entire movie on screen, and then I'll just go ahead and click in this top bar here to set the play ahead at, more or less, six seconds. And I'll press the Space bar in order to play the movie back. (SOUND).
And that friends is how you color correct a movie, as well as introduce the sound track that is precisely coordinated to the freakish choreography of the scene here inside Photoshop. If you're a member of the lynda.com online training library, I have a followup movie in which I show you how to add precisely timed titles to your movie. Such as this one that occurs the moment that the quad copter begins to fall for the final time. If you're waiting for next week's free movie, I show you how to hand paint an image using Photoshop combined with something that I haven't broken so far a (UNKNOWN) sen/ g teak. Deek's techniques, each and every week.
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