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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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