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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
One of the best parts about working with video inside of Photoshop is that you have access to all of your other Photoshop tools, like Adjustment layers and Filters. And they're even more powerful because you can adjust them over time. So, let's walk through two scenarios. One where you're making a more pragmatic correction to your clip, and then one where we make a more creative adjustment. So I want to add an Adjustment layer. I'm going to scoot my current time indicator anywhere over this mud pot here, because I just want to add a little bit of a curve.
I want to add a little bit of contrast. Now, before I add the contrast, let's make sure that we have the correct layer selected. So in my Layer panel, I'll click on the Mudpot clip. Then, when I add my Curve Adjustment Layer by clicking on the Adjustment icon. I can add some contrast by lowering the shadow region, and then increasing the highlight region. Now I'll close the Properties panel by clicking on the two arrows there. Before I tap the Spacebar to play, I'm going to just mute the audio for now, and I can do that by clicking on the Audio icon right here, so now, we don't have to hear the audio.
Now, when I tap the Spacebar, we can see that this mud clip has a lot more contrast. And one of the things that you might have noticed is that by default, Photoshop has clipped that Adjustment Layer so that it does only effect that video clip. Now, that's not really important at the moment. But what if I want to add an Adjustment Layer that affects more than one clip or if I had multiple layers like if I was doing a video and a video, and I only wanted an Adjustment Layer to affect one of those videos.
Well, that's when the clipping group becomes important. So it's convenient that Photoshop does that, but let's add another Adjustment Layer. This time, I want to add a Black & White Adjustment Layer. You can see that Photoshop clips it again, but I don't actually want this one to be clipped. In fact, I don't even want this Adjustment Layer to be in the video group. So I'm going to click on the name of the Adjustment Layer and drag up. And as I reach the top of the video group, you can see the icon changes. If the grey highlight is around the entire video group and I release the cursor Photoshop is going to put this Adjustment Layer back into the group.
So I need to drag all the way up to the top until I get the grey line on the top and then release my cursor. And as soon as I place this Adjustment Layer outside of the video group, it actually creates its own space here on the Timeline. And, I can of course, reposition this Black & White Adjustment Layer, so that it's over any other clip. I can actually span over more than one clip. So let's move our current time indicator back in time here. We can see now that, at this point in time, the river is in black and white, and now, the pool is also in black and white, but it's a rather abrupt transition from black and white to color, so I can use that same fade option that we used in the previous video. In this case, I just want the Fade option.
I'll drag it once to the beginning, and then again, to the end of the Adjustment Layer. Now, we'll move back in time and if I tap the Spacebar, and we start watching the video, you can watch it fade to grayscale, the video's transition, and then it fades back to color. So, not only can I use the Adjustment Layers on a single video clip to correct the clip, I can also use the Adjustment Layers to span multiple clips. Now, let's do one more creative effect. I'm going to put my current time indicator, over the river video, because I want to be able to see that in the Preview.
And then I'm going to select the River clip in the Layers panel. Now, I want to add a filter to this. But, if I simply choose Filter right now, and add a filter, Photoshop will just filter a single frame. That's not what I want, I want it to filter the entire video clip. So in order to do that, I need to convert this video clip into a Smart Object. I'll right mouse click on it on Windows or you can Ctrl+Click on Mac, and then choose Convert to Smart Object. Now, when I convert it to a smart object, Photoshop did lose the transition between these two layers.
But that's easy to fix. I can select my transition again. And I'll choose Cross Fade and just drag that over those two layers. Tap Return or Enter to dismiss the dialog. And because the River layer is the selected layer, and I want to add a diffuse glow. I'm going to make sure that my foreground and my background colors are set to their default by tapping the d key. Then I'll choose Filter and Filter Gallery. I'll use cmd+0 in order to fit in view or ctrl+0 on Windows. I'm not going to add any grain in this case, but I am going to add just a slight glow.
And I'll also back off a little on the Clear Amount. I want to make sure we can actually see that I've add the filter. I'll click OK. We'll return back to the beginning of the Timeline. Tap the Spacebar, and as we fade in, we can see that we have that filter applied to the video clip. Now, one thing to point out, as you add more and more layers and as you start adding creative effects by converting your video clips into Smart Objects, and then applying the filters, the Preview will probably be a little bit slower. And so, you might see that Photoshop is skipping and this turquoise line might not be solid.
So, if you just tap the Spacebar and if it's not solid, then the first time it moves through, it might be a little bit slow. But as long as you've got that solid turquoise, that tells me at the end here, that the entire thing has previewed. And now, when I return back to the beginning and then Play, Photoshop will go ahead and play this in real time. So it might take a little bit to preview, but once you've previewed it once, then play it again and you can see it in real time. So there you are. Two different ways to add an Adjustment Layer as well as a Creative Filter to your video clips in Photoshop.
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