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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we are going to continue to work on our video project which is made up of multiple video clips which were captured in this case on an iPhone camera. And what I want to do here is focus a little bit on transitions and also on how we can add some audio to our project. Well next what I want to do is add some transition so we can click on this icon and I want to add a Cross Fade. This is a transition that we haven't worked with yet, you can click-and-drag this between two different clips and as we do that you can see it will then add that transition.
Next what you can do is scrub along your Timeline to preview this, and you can see how it's going to dissolve both video clips at once. To change that, just click onto that and then you can click-and-drag to extend that. Now there is going to be a longer transition between these two moments of the action. And again we can just go through this and click on those and then click-and-drag. If ever you want to change that, well just right-click and then you can choose a different transition here. Next let's choose our fades in the beginning and end, drag-and-drop those, we've seen all of this before.
Well now that I've done all of that what else might I want to do say with the footage? Well because this footage is kind of fun and it's action-packed, one of the things that you might want to do is change the overall speed of the way that this footage is going to playback. If you click on one of your clips, you can then right-click or Ctrl+Click. In this dialog you can either make this slow down so it's kind of like a slow-motion clip, or you can speed it up. As you do that let's say we speed this up a little bit, you'll notice it's going to change the overall duration of that clip.
So sometimes you may want to modify the overall speed either to kind of create that pause, so that someone stalls and slows down and watches something intently. Or maybe you want to speed up the clip in order to add a little bit of excitement. Now that we've done all this let's go ahead and add our audio track here to this project. To do that we'll click on the icon here for Audio Track and we'll add the audio, in this case I've named this file beach-music and here we'll click Open. Next thing I want to do is scrub down the Timeline and what I want to do is cut this off.
We've seen in this movie that we are going to do a lot of cutting here. Now there's a lot of back and forth between using the Timeline, clicking on the scissors. So let's say that rather than always going to the scissors. You want to create a custom shortcut. Well to do that, you can go to your Edit pull-down menu and here we can select all the way down at the bottom or near the bottom Keyboard Shortcuts. In the Keyboard Shortcuts we're going to go down to our panel' menus, and the reason why I want to highlight this, is that if you're going to do any serious video work, you're probably going to want to go down to your Video panel here, in this case it's our Timeline (Video) and you might want to add a few custom shortcuts.
For example, I want to create one so that I can create these cuts without always having to click on those scissors. In order to do that, we are going to go to this Split at Playhead option and then click. Well what might be a nice shortcut to Split at Playhead? How about Shift+Option+Command+C on a Mac, or Shift+Alt+Ctrl+C on Windows? Well when I type that in it says this shortcut is already in use, it's in use by Content-Aware Scale. Well perhaps that's a shortcut that I don't use very often, if I accept this I could then kind of flip-flop the shortcut, so that now that would then be applied to Split at Playhead, or of course you could keep tinkering around with some keyboard options; you could keep typing things out until you found a shortcut that worked.
Here on a Mac operating system Ctrl+Option+Command+C, and I am thinking C for cut, that works well, there is no conflict, so I could then use that. So you want to experiment a little bit with this and then click Accept in order to accept that and then click OK. Well now that we have that shortcut what you can then do is you can click on your clip and then just press your shortcut in order to create the cut. That's really helpful, especially once your clips get long, you are not going to be wanting to jumping back and forth to making all of the cuts, kind of like we had to do in that previous movie when we were chopping up these clips up here.
Next we can go ahead and click on the side that we want to remove, and then of course click onto the audio track and here we can control that fade so that it dissolves there a little bit and also so that it fades in a bit. And then next I want to take a look at the project, but let's do that in the next movie, so go ahead and leave this one open, because I want to explore some techniques that we can use in order to have a better way to review and evaluate our projects.
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