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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.
In this movie, I'll show you how to add a series of precisely timed titles to your movie. I'm going to start things off by double-clicking on the play-head position, in order to bring up the set current time dialogue here, and I'll enter one second, 1:00. And I'm going to go ahead and zoom in a little bit as well. Now, you may have wondered, if you've been following along with me, why I'd had so much black at the beginning and that's because it's going to serve as the background for our text. But, we also need a new video group.
So any time that you want to put objects on top of each other in a movie, then you need to create a new video group and you do that by clicking on this little movie icon right there and choosing New Video Group from the list. And then presumably you want to name it, so you go over to the Layers panel to do that, and I'll call this guy Titles 1. And then, I'll go ahead and grab my Type tool, and I'll click somewhere inside the image. And notice that my font is Myriad Pro, regular 48 points as the type size, which is just fine. I'm going to enter the words Aerial photography, like so, and then press the Enter key on the Numerical keypad in order to accept that change.
I'll just go ahead and nudge this guy down a little bit. Alright, now we want to move it into the proper position, so I'll drag it like so and by default, it looks like it's going to be five seconds long. I want it to last until eight seconds, like so. So that it's a total of seven seconds long. And then I want to add some fades as well, and I'll do that by bringing in my Transition options. Notice that the duration is set to two seconds. I'm going to put a Standard Fade at the beginning, so we'll fade from black.
And another fade at the end. And so that way Photoshop automatically knows we want one to be a fade-in and the other one to be a fade-out. Now we need another video group, because I want some more text on top of this. Just so I can see what I'm doing, I'll advance the play-head like so because now that we're working with time, you're going to see your text fade in and out over time, even though the eye is turned on, for that text here inside the Layers panel. So, just bear in mind that you're adding a fourth dimension here. Now, I'll click on the little video icon and choose New Video Group and I'll go ahead and call this guy Titles 2.
And then I'll select Aerial photography, and I'll press the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, and drag it straight up, so that I'm cloning it into the other video group. Now, I'll reduce the duration of this additional text like so, but I want the fades to be the same way they are, and I'll press the Ctrll key, or the Cmd key on Mac and drag this guy down to right about there. And the reason I cloned the text, incidentally, is because that way I can maintain all my other stuff such as my fades, for example.
And now I'll go ahead and select this text, and I'll say, with a noisy quadcopter. And I'm like the worst typist on the face of the planet, but it looks like I got it right. And now you can see that the text is going to fade like so, onto screen. And then it's going to fade out as the scene and the noise of the Quadcopter, fades in. Now I want to take this text right there, our original text, and I want to clone it but inside of the same timeline. To accomplish that, you have to duplicate the text here inside the Layers panel.
But you do it in the same way. You Alt+drag or Option+drag just slightly up like that. You want to keep it inside the same group. And then, I'm going to advance my play-head here to 23 seconds like so, which is way over here because I'm zoomed in. And I'll go ahead and drag this text to this location and I'm happy with it ending at 30 seconds so that's great. But I do want to see the text, so I'll go ahead and change the position of my play-head. And I also want to move it down to a different location. In fact, I want it to be more or less right there, I think is a good place, because we need to bring attention to the trees that are going to get smacked in just a second.
And I'll go ahead and change this text to, So much fun, like so, with a comma at the end of it. And then, I'll grab this guy and Alt+drag or Option+drag him up like so to create a copy inside the Titles 2 group. And I'll Ctrl+drag or Cmd+drag it down to right about this location. And I'll change this text to, but so many obstacles, which I believe is spelled like that. Now, I need this text to fade in a little later right about there, at 25 seconds, and it's going to fade out at 30 seconds.
So we're going to end up with this effect right there, as you can see. Alright, let's move the play-head forward just a little bit more here. And I need to make a copy of this guy, he's just so much fun, so I'll click on him inside the Layers panel and I'll Alt+drag or Option+drag him up like so. And it'll will appear right at the end. So, you should be able to see so much fun, once again, at this new location. I wanted to end a little before this. So I'm going to take this back to 36 seconds like so. And I also wanted to transition out more quickly. So I'll right click on this Fade, the Fade Out.
It'll change the duration to one second, and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. And then I want to change this text to, For example, the trees. And what I'm going to do here, I want the trees to fade in. But I also want alignment. So I'll just go ahead and enter the word, the, right there. And then I'll Alt+drag or Option+ drag this guy up to this position, and I'll have it fade in at 32 seconds right at this location. And that just made it shorter, which is a pain in the neck, but let's go ahead and take this guy over here.
And I'll right-click on the Fade In, and change it to a duration of one second, like so, and I think, where it needs to be, let's see, I'm off by about a frame here. So I'll go ahead and click on, For example, the, and I'll press the Down arrow key to move the play-head to that position. And then, I should be able to move this guy, so he snaps into alignment and if that doesn't really work, I can just go ahead drag the edge and that should definitely snap it like so. Well, let's move the play-head back so we can see the text.
And it should be, the trees, like this. We don't want the beginning of the text right there. So I'll select that and get rid of it. And then, I'll Ctrl+drag or Cmd+drag. I've got the Shift key down as well until, the aligns with the other, the. And then, I can select that text right there. I'm selecting the comma as well, just to make sure I got the whole thing, and I'll just enter a comma. So that we've got, for example, the trees fading in. And the space character's the right size, and all that good stuff.
Now to document the bench here. I'm going to go ahead and Alt+drag or Option+drag, for example, there inside the Layers panel. I'm going to move my play-head from the keyboard this time by pressing Shift+Up Arrow, in order to move it to 38:01. And then I'll just press the Left Arrow key to nudge it to 38, which is exactly where I want this text to start. And then I want it to end at more or less 45, and I should be able to do that by dragging the end. It should snap into alignment with the video clip below, which it did. Now let's move the play-head, so we can see what we're doing.
And I'll go ahead and move my text up to, somewhere around here in bench territory. And I'll go ahead and change this to the bench. And, I once again need alignment. So, I'll go ahead and enter parentheses or, like that. And then I need to create a copy of this guy just right above, right there. And then I'll go ahead and drag the beginning of this guy to a start position of 41 seconds. I'll right-click on the fade-in, and change it to one second, so it fades in more quickly. I want to be able to see that text as I'm working on it.
And change this to, or rather. And then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to create a new line of text. And then I'll change this to, the ground before the bench, add a closed parentheses and now what we need to do is just grab this text right there, which is repeated. And use as many space characters as it takes to just kind of nudge that text over there like that. That's going to be good enough I think. And then I'll select the old or, which I'm not selecting properly. I've gotta turn this layer off for a moment after I press the Enter key on the numerical keypad to accept my change, and I'll go ahead and grab this text right there.
After turning off the top text and then I'll turn it back on. That should do the trick because we've got the fades. And you can confirm that, of course, just by scrubbing through the frames. And there comes the text. That's the effect I was going for anyway. Let's advance ahead to the patio crash. I'll Alt+drag or Option+drag, the bench, here inside the Layers panel. So I'll go ahead and advance the play-head to 50 seconds. And now I'll go ahead and move this text so that it snaps into the proper alignment.
And I only want it to stop at 55 seconds in, so I want this guy to be pretty short. And I want to be able to see this text, it's right there, it doesn't want to be there, it wants to be down here. Because it's identifying not the bench, but rather the furious fence, so I'll go ahead and accept that text. I've obviously got a lot of titles to add to this document, so just in the name of saving you time, we're going to fade ahead to the titles in the final sequence. If you want to look at the video in high quality, or post the video on Youtube, what have you, then drop down to the Render Video icon down here in the lower left corner of the screen.
And I've already gone ahead and specified what I consider to be the best settings. That is, you want the format to be h.264. The preset should be HD720p, 24 frames a second, for this particular movie. And then I just went ahead and named this movie after the device. The Quadcopter's called the DGI Phantom, so I'm calling the movie the DGI Phantom Menace. I've already done it in advance, however, so I'll just go ahead and cancel out of there. And I'll bring up the video and then I'll just go ahead and play it.
(NOISE) (MUSIC) And that friends, is how you add pro quality precisely timed titles to a movie, using of all programs, Photoshop.
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