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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.
In this movie, we will continue to develop and build our video skills. We'll be working with this clip. We'll look at how we can add transitions and also typography and also how we can add an audio track to our projects. Well let's go ahead and navigate to Photoshop and open up this video clip here. We'll click on the boomerang icon and then go to the File pulldown menu and choose Open. Here we'll select this video file and then click Open. Well this particular clip is kind of a handheld portrait of a professional surfer.
We know that we can scrub the timeline to view the clip here, or you can also just click down the timeline, in order to see a certain point of the clip. And here with this clip, I want to start it say down the line. I want to get rid of all of the front part of the clip. Well how can we do that? There are couple of techniques that you can use. One technique that you can use which is really simple is you can just move your cursor over to the edge of the clip. When you see that cursor change, you can then click-and-drag, and here as I click-and-drag, I can then move that to where the playhead needle is and it will automatically remove the front part of the clip.
Now we can then see this clip. In this clip, there's some background audio. Let's play this and I'll show you what I mean. (Music playing) Well let's say that rather than having that background audio file, I want to use my own audio track. How can I get rid of the audio which is attached or embedded or part of this clip? Well you can right-click or Ctrl+Click one of these clips, and then what you can do is you can navigate to the Music tab. In the Music tab, I'm going to click Mute Audio.
After having done that, I can go back and play this. Let's just watch a minute of this, and you can see that now this is quiet, and in this case I'm just doing kind of the subtle focus thing, and you can see that it's kind of this still video portrait. He'll look away and then he'll exit the frame. Perfect, except that what I want to do is I want to have some transitions. Let's add those really quickly. Click on our Transition icon, drag and drop, and then drag and drop again. So now we have transitions on the front and the backend of this clip.
It will fade in, the video portrait will play, and then it will fade out. Well now the next thing that I want to do is I want to add some copy to this. I want it to say this particular person's name. So to do that, rather than just selecting the Type tool, what you want to do is click on this little icon here. It looks like a filmstrip with an arrow next to it. When you click on that, you have the option to create what's called a new video group. You want to do that in order to have text in its own video group.
You'll also notice in the Layers panel, it created this new group for us over here. The next step is to select the Type tool. Here, we'll go ahead and hover over the image and then click, and now we can just start to type out the name that we want to add. Here we're going to add his name which is Rob Machado. Next, I'll highlight that all by pressing Command+A on a Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows, then I'll use the Options bar up here in order to change the size of this text, and then I'm going to reposition it down to this lower corner.
Next, what you can do is you can modify this in some really fascinating ways. You could go ahead and click on the fx icon and add a Drop Shadow, and by doing that, you can see that we now have a drop shadow behind the text. Or we can add perhaps a brush stroke around the edge of the text, and here we'll click OK to apply that. In other words, we can take advantage of a lot that we already know about how to work with Photoshop, in this case, typography. Well here I'll decrease the Fill amount which will remove the inner part of the text.
So it's now just showing the drop shadow and also this brush stroke around the edge. If we want to change the brush stroke, well you just go ahead and double-click the brush stroke there in the Layers panel, and this time what I'm going to do is change this to white, by selecting white here in the color picker. In other words, what you can do in Photoshop with typography, you can also do with video. Next, if we scrub this timeline, what we'll notice is that if we go back to the beginning, well the name shows up, that looks fine and then there comes the subject.
Yet, all of a sudden it just drops out. It disappears. Well I want this to extend. Hover over the edge of this and then just click-and-drag, so it extends to the end of the clip, and now here it goes all the way to the end, but I need it to fade out. Just click on your Transition icon and you can go ahead and drag and drop that to the end, so that it'll fade. In this case, at the same rate as this video file. So as you are seeing, you can start to work with text, in the same way that you can work with the video file when it comes to transitions or also when it comes to changing the duration of the length that that text is visible.
Now that we have that, the next thing that I want to do is start to explore how we can modify the color and tone of this project, and also, how we can add an audio track to it. Well let's take a look at how we can take those next few steps, and let's do that in the next movie.
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