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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Before you get too far along in one of your video projects of bringing multiple clips together, you really want to bring in your audio track. The audio track will help you determine what type of edits or transitions you want to make. All we've seen that what we can do is we can go to the Audio--well, and here we can click on this music icon and then choose Add Audio. The audio file that I'm going to add is this one here, beach-music.wav, or simply click Open in order to add it to this project. Well, one of things that I need to do now is I need to watch my movie and evaluate it and listen to the music.
So I'll go ahead and scrub down the line here, and I'll choose a starting point perhaps right about here, and then I'll press Play and kick back and watch, let's take a look. (Video Playing) All right. Well, I encountered my first problem. While the audio track is fun and energetic and everything, this walking back out to the ocean segment just doesn't work here, so I need to get rid of it. To do that, just hover over the edge of that clip and then click and drag, watching the Preview window. And I want to look 'til I see where the action begins, right about here, so I'll go ahead and let go right at, say, this point right here. That then gives me a little bit of a tighter edit, so that it's more focused on the action. It goes from one clip to the other.
Again, I want to make sure that I'm really focused on that action, and here I think this all looks pretty good. The other thing that I want to do is I want to speed up these clips. To do that, I'll click on the first clip then you can Right-click or Ctrl-click, and here you can see the speed. You can either slow down your clips in order to create focus or intent, or you can speed them up to build a little bit of excitement. Here I'm just going to speed these up subtly, so I'll go ahead and just add a little bit of a speed there, and I'll do that to each clip.
I'm going to click on these, and then make sure I'm increasing that value there, and then, again, go over here and add that as well. So in doing that, what that will allow me to do is to have these clips which are a little bit faster, and this will just build a little bit of drama, it also will change my timeline. Let's take a look at this transition here now. I'll click the Play button. (Video Playing) All right. Well, that built a little bit of energy or excitement.
The next thing I need to do is to add my transitions. So here, I'll go ahead and click on this icon which allows me to open up my transitions, and I'll use some cross fades. And I'm going to just click and drag and drop those in between these clips. The other thing that I'm going to do is add a fade at the front, and then also a fade at the end. Now with the audio file, we've seen before that what we need to do is to trim or cut that. I'll move to that location and then click on the audio clip and then click on the scissors icon. That allows me to cut off the rest of the audio file that I don't need.
Next, I want to right-click on the audio file because I need to have a Fade Out here and also a little bit of a Fade In. Okay. Well, our story is really coming together. Let's take a look. Here we can see the clip starts, fades in, then we have a cross dissolve, another wave that was caught, and then yet some more fun on the beach, and then one more wave that is caught by my daughter Annie here. Well, one of the problems, though, is that these transitions--they're just fading to nothing. I don't have a background color in this document, so this isn't really going to work for me.
I could either create that background color, or what I could do is change these transitions. There are a couple of ways that we can change them. One is you can click on it and then right-click. And here, what I'm going to do-- just go ahead and choose Fade With Black. What that will do for this transition is it will allow it to then fade from black, rather than fading to transparency. As well as with this one, I'll select Fade With Black. Let's go ahead and preview that. You can see how those now fade all the way to black. Going back to the beginning here, you can see how this one comes up from black, and then it starts.
Okay. Well, let's take a look at the beginning of this. We'll go ahead and watch this one, one more time. Here I'll click on the Play button. (Video Playing) All right. Well, that looks pretty good. The last thing that we want to do here is export our video file. To do that, you can navigate to the File pulldown menu and you can select Export and then Render Video, or in order to access the same exact dialog, you can also click on this little arrow icon here.
Again, either way, it will open up the same dialog. This gives us the ability to name and to determine the location for our video file. We can also use a preset in order to define how we actually want to save this. If you click on this Preset pulldown menu, you'll notice there are a ton of different options. Well, in my case, what I want to do is save this to my iPhone, so I can show it on my iPhone and also my iPad. So I'm going to use this preset. By choosing that, it then predefines a few settings here which will help me so that I can create a file which will fit for that particular format.
The next thing that I want to do is give this an appropriate name. I'll go ahead and call this annika-beach, and then finally we simply need to click Render and then Photoshop will go through the rendering--or the exporting process--so that we can then take this video file and transfer it to a different device or post it online. All right. Well, now that that rendering or exporting is complete, I'm going to go ahead and navigate to the Adobe Bridge. In the Adobe Bridge I'm going to select this file. You can see this is my video file here. I can play that back right inside of Bridge, and I'll go ahead and do that, and I'm also going to turn off the audio there, so we don't have to listen to that there.
You can see how this file has been compressed and how we can play this back and view our project. And of course, this document is now ready to be transferred to another device. And as you can see from these demo movies, working with video in Photoshop is incredibly powerful, because you can take advantage of all that you already know. And then by learning a few of these simple steps where you can put all of that together, in order to create some really compelling and interesting projects.
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