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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.
So far we've been learning a lot of the fundamentals of working with video in Photoshop, and here what I want to do, is get beyond the fundamentals. Because so far, we've just looked at how we could work with one clip at a time and more realistic is to work with multiple clips. Typically you have all of these clips that you need to somehow bring into Photoshop. Well how can we do that? Well what you can do in Adobe Bridge, is you can select the clips here by holding down the Command key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows, and then clicking on all of the clips.
Next you can go to your tools pulldown menu, and here go to Photoshop and then select Load Files Into Photoshop layers. This will then create a new Photoshop document, and in this document we'll see both of these video clips. In a sense this just kind of automates the process for us. Yet there is a problem with what we have here. If you scrub down the Timeline of these clips, and these are iPhone movies that I made of my kids here playing at the beach. You'll notice that they're stacked on top of each other.
I want to separate them out, so that one clip shows up and then the other, because I want to stitch these two together. Well how can we then do that? What you can do is hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and click on to select both clips. So once you've selected both of those, you click on both of them. Click on the filmstrip icon, and then choose New Video Group from Clips. This will create this video group, and if we change our View here, what you'll see is it will now show one video clip and then the other.
In our Layers panel, if we expand this you can see we have those two clips now grouped together in this video group. As I mentioned these are some iPhone videos. So I know that what I'm going to do is I'm going to use these, but I don't really want to use the audio. So we can right-click or Ctrl+Click on a clip, go to the Audio section and then you can either diminish or kind of fade back the Volume here, or you can Mute it all together. I'll take this back, say to about 40%. I'll go to the other clip, right-click or Ctrl+Click, and again just decrease the volume there a little bit.
Well now that we've done that, now that we've decreased the Volume and done so in a consistent way, we now can start to work with these files. Yet before you get too far along, what you'll want to do is save this project out. So here we'll go to File and we'll choose Save As. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and name this one, annika because it's my daughter Annika who's riding her body-board there, surfing those waves, and I want to save that in that same directory. Next if we scrub to the clips what you'll notice is that there are some points of action, like right here where she catches this wave.
Let's watch this really briefly. (clip playing) Well then she gets to the point, where she's caught the wave and then she kind of goes on, and let's say that what I want to do is I want to cut the clip right here. To do that, we can just click on the Scissors icon. So there will be our first cut. So let's go ahead and click on this clip, and then click on the Scissor icon in order to cut that right there. Next we can scrub down the line, and what I'm looking to do is to find the next point where she catches that next wave.
So how about right about there. Once again I'll click on the Scissor icon. Well now I have this clip in the middle that I want to get rid of. Well you can click on it, than hit the Delete key, and it'll automatically rearrange this for me, so that she catches that wave, and then goes and catches the next wave. Once again, I need to create another cut. Click on the clip, and then click on that little Scissors icon, so you can see how we can start to chop this into little pieces, and here what I want to do is move along, I want to move all the way down to right about here.
So once again I'll click into this and then click Cut. So you can set those cut points and then you can go back and press the Delete key to remove the footage that you don't want. So in this case if we scrub through the story we're trying to tell, it's kind of the action of Annika, here catching these waves and having fun down at the beach, and you can see this one after another. And then eventually, we need to find that ending point. Well the ending point would be nice, if she had that nice big smile right there, and so once again, I'll click into the clip and then click the Scissors icon to cut that.
All of this cutting is so helpful because it starts to help us trim out all of the unnecessary footage. Now that we've done this, we really have this footage that we can start to work with. In regards to, we can start to tell the story with all of these different pieces. Well let's continue with this project and let's continue to learn a few more things about working with video, and let's do that in the next movie. So leave this project open, as we'll continue to work on it, in the next movie.
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