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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 your adjustment layers. Only they are even more powerful because you can adjust them over time. So I want to walk through two scenarios. The first scenario is where we just want to make an adjustment to a clip because maybe it's too dark or too light, maybe it's the wrong color. And then the second scenario is actually adding a more special effect or a creative adjustment to a clip.
So in the first scenario, as I move through this first clip, I really think that it's a little bit too dark in the shadow areas. So on my Layers panel, I will make sure that I have that clip selected, the Farm_01, and then using my Adjustment panel, I will add a Curves adjustments layer. I am going to position my cursor in the shadow area of the curve and click to drag up. But the highlights are getting too light, so I will add another point on my curve and then click-and-drag down to keep my highlights from getting too bright.
Then we can close the Properties panel. You can see that Photoshop automatically clipped this adjustment layer to that clip of video. That way if I had something else stacked on top or underneath or it was semitransparent, I would make sure that the Curves adjustment layer was only affecting that clip. Now if I return back to the beginning and I mute the audio and then tap the Spacebar, we can preview that clip and we can see now into the shadows of the clip.
Excellent! What if I want to add a special effect where maybe I want to turn a clip black and white or fade into black and white? Well, then I will return back to my Adjustment panel and this time I will add a Black & White adjustment layer. We will close the Properties panel and take a look at the Layers panel. As you can see, the Black & White adjustment layer was also added and was automatically clipped to that first video clip.
I want to pull this Black & White adjustment layer all the way out of the Video Group. So I will click-and-drag up until I see just the little narrow highlight above the Video Group and then release the cursor. You can see in my timeline the Black & White adjustment layer is now on top of the Video Group. And when I scrub through the timeline, we can see that anything that falls underneath that Black & White adjustment layer is in black and white, and when I move over to the right, it becomes color.
I can change the length or the duration of the Black & White adjustment layer the same way that I can adjust the duration of any clip, by just dragging the Inpoint or the Outpoint. I can also reposition that clip by clicking-and-dragging it in the timeline. I can drag it across two different clips so that only the beginning part of this clip is in black and white and only the end of this clip. But I'd like to see a nice fade between the color version and the black and white version.
So in the timeline I am going to click the disclosure triangle so that I can see all of the different parameters that I can keep track of over time. I will move my current time indicator to the beginning of the Black & White adjustment layer and then I will tell Photoshop to start paying attention to the Opacity of the adjustment layer. I do this by clicking on the Stopwatch Icon. Once I click the Stopwatch, Photoshop sets down a keyframe. So from now on, Photoshop is going to be keeping track of any changes that I make to the Opacity slider for the Black & White adjustment layer.
So at the beginning, I don't want the Black & White adjustment layer to be 100% opaque. Instead, I actually want it to be 100% transparent, so I will turn the Opacity down to 0. Now as I move forward in time, I want Photoshop to slowly reveal the Black & White adjustment layer. So I put my current time indicator in the position that I want and then make a change to the Opacity slider. I will bring it all the way up to a 100%.
Now as I scrub through, we can slowly see that we are changing from color to black and white. I will keep moving forward in the timeline. And when I reach the area that I want the transition to start again, the transition from black and white back to color, I will need to click on the Diamond icon between the two arrows next to the Opacity in the timeline. That will add another keyframe which is going to set my Opacity here to be 100% so I don't need to touch that.
Then I will move forward in time to the end of the Black & White adjustment layer and change the Opacity down to 0. And because I've made a change, Photoshop automatically added that keyframe for me. So let's go back in time and then tap the Spacebar in order to play that transition from color to black and white and then to color again. Now it stumbled a few times because it was making those previews, but if I back up and play it again, this time it runs smoothly.
We have added an adjustment layer to an individual clip in order to correct it and we have added an adjustment layer to add a more creative effect, and this is just the beginning. You can work with type, you can work with layer masks. There is no end to the possibilities when you are working with video in Photoshop.
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