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Adding pans and zooms to still images

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Video: Adding pans and zooms to still images

If you want to add motion to a still image while you're working with your video files, it's really easy to do in Photoshop CS6. I will start here in Bridge and select these first five files. I am going to need to crop them so that they are the same aspect ratio in size as the video files that I'm working with. The easiest way to do this is to use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+R or click the Open in Raw icon. The first thing that we will do is we will set up a Custom Crop Aspect Ratio.

Adding pans and zooms to still images

If you want to add motion to a still image while you're working with your video files, it's really easy to do in Photoshop CS6. I will start here in Bridge and select these first five files. I am going to need to crop them so that they are the same aspect ratio in size as the video files that I'm working with. The easiest way to do this is to use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+R or click the Open in Raw icon. The first thing that we will do is we will set up a Custom Crop Aspect Ratio.

We don't only want to crop these to a 9x6 aspect ratio, I want to crop them to a specific size. So I'll select Custom and then change the Option here to Pixels. We will type in 1280x720 and then click OK. Now I will click-and-drag out my Crop and then reposition the Crop Marquee as needed. For the rest of the images, because they are all vertical, I am going to scroll down, I have selected the first one and then I will hold down the Shift key down to select the rest of them.

If they are all selected in Camera Raw whatever I do to this image will also be applied to the rest of the images. So I will make sure, under the Crop tool, that I have this new Custom crop selected. And then I'll click anywhere outside of the crop and rotate to rotate that crop. Then I can reposition it in this image. Now I'll want to go to each individual image and just reposition each one. But at least by having them all selected at first we've got the right crop aspect ratio selected.

So I will move this one down a bit, move to the next image and then click-and-drag down to reposition it and finally move to the last image, and once again click-and-drag down. Now I want the bottom of the ladder in this, so I am also going to make this a little bit smaller. Now I'll select all of the images. The bottom one is selected, so I will scroll up, hold down the Shift key and then click on the top one. I want to save these images out at the specific size, so I will click Save Images and then we will save them in the same location as the originals.

For Format, I will select either TIFF or Photoshop. If I choose JPEG, it's going to compress the files and then those files will get recompressed when I render the video. So I want to start with the best quality. I'll select Photoshop and then click Save. Now that I am finished in the Camera Raw dialog, I have the option to either click Done in which case these crops would remain on these images or I can click Cancel which would reset them. So it just depends on whether or not you want to use these images again in maybe a different project at a different aspect ratio. Of course you can always come back in and redo the crop but for me it's going to be easier to click Cancel.

That way when I go back to Bridge, I will know that these DNG files, these are the uncropped versions that I can use in another project. It's the PDS files that I want to bring into Photoshop. So I'll select them all in Bridge, I was holding down the Cmd key or theCtrl key on Windows to select more than one discontiguous file, and then I'll choose Tools>Photoshop and we'll load all five of these files into Photoshop layers. Now because I'm in the Essentials workspace, my Timeline is collapsed at the bottom left of the monitor.

I am going to click once on the word Timeline in order to expand that panel, and then I will click to create a video Timeline. Let's expand the panel a little bit more by positioning our cursor between the panel and the image area and dragging up. As you can see, each individual layer has come in on its own video layer in the Timeline, but I actually want these layers to be sequential. So in the Layers panel, I will select all of the layers, and then click on the downward pointing arrow in order to create a New Video Group From Clips.

Now if we zoom out using the slider, we can see that each one of my still images is being treated as if it's a video clip and they are sequentially positioned one after another. If I want to change the order, all I need to do is click on a single image and then drag-and-drop it. But what I'd really like to do is add some motion. In order to see this, I will use the Cmd key plus the Minus (CMD+-) to zoom out so we can see the full preview here. Now to add motion to a still image, it's as easy as clicking on this arrow and then choosing from the options.

If I want to Pan & Zoom or just Pan, Zoom, Rotate, Rotate & Zoom. As soon as I select one of these options, I then get additional features. For the first image, let's accept the defaults. Then I will move to the second image, click on the same arrow but this time I will do a Pan & Zoom but I will Pan starting -180. On the third image, again I will select from the Motion Options here to Rotate the image and then on the next image, I will choose the option to Zoom only and I will choose to Zoom Out.

Then on the last image, I will also choose to simply Zoom but in this case I will Zoom In. Now in order to play this, I have got my Current Time Indicator at the beginning of the Timeline. We can click on the Play icon, and watch, as the first image both pans and zooms. I am going to click to stop the playback for a moment because I want to also add a fade between each of the two images. To do so, I will click on the Fade icon or the Transition icon and I will use the Cross Fade option to cross fade between each one of these.

You can see that when I drag-and-drop the fade, each one of the clips duration gets a little bit shorter by half-a-second because I'm fading between one image and next they need to overlap and that slightly shorter duration I think is going make these playback much better. So I will position my Current Time Indicator again at the beginning of the Timeline and then click on the Play icon. We can watch as the first image pans and zooms, the second one pans and zooms in the other direction, then we have one that rotates, the next one will zoom out and finally the last one will zoom in.

Obviously, you can spend more time adjusting each one of these pans and zooms and rotates, and when you're finished you'll select File>Export and then render the video. We will name this video ZoomAndPan. I'll choose to save this on the Desktop. I'll select my H.264 as my format and I will select my Preset, in this case, because I started with images that are 1280x720, I want to make sure that I don't select a larger size so I will choose 720.

You can see here are the dimensions. I will go ahead and leave it at 25 frames per second, I'll Color Manage it and then click Render. Of course the speed at which the video renders is going to depend on the hardware that you're working on. So as you can see it's very easy to add still images and create a Timeline to work with those and add motion to them in Photoshop. In addition we could add video clips and integrate them into the same project moving back and forth between a still image and a video.

Then when you're ready and you've made all your edits, it's easy to render out this new video creation and share it with the world using the presets for Vimeo and YouTube.

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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Julieanne Kost

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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