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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
The convergence of video and still images is really quite amazing, and you know you'll be hard-pressed to find a camera or a phone which doesn't shoot video and still images together. And so, here we are going to take a look at how we can work with our video files from inside of Photoshop. We will start off with this simple task. We will take a look at how we can bring a clip into Photoshop. How we can change its color and tone and also add perhaps some copy or some typography to the clip. We will also look at how we can work with music and transitions.
Well, this is the clip that I want to work with. It's a short clip of a very famous professional surfer. So let's go ahead and navigate over to Photoshop, and inside of Photoshop let's select our File pulldown menu. Next, choose Open. Here we want to browse to this folder where we see this video file, rob_portrait. Next, click Open. This will open up this clip in a really fascinating way. You'll notice in your Layers panel you have what's called a Video Group, then we have the video file inside of that group.
Then we have a timeline. This timeline allows us to view the clip. We can grab the playhead needle and scrub back and forth in order to view the clip. Well, before we actually start scrubbing or editing or changing this, what I want to do is I want to mute the audio to this file so that it's not distracting. To do that, Right-click or Ctrl-click right on the clip in the timeline. Next, click on this little Music icon, and then at the bottom you can click on this option, Mute Audio. The reason why want to do this is I am going to use a different audio track for this clip.
Okay. Well, now that that's done, the next step for me is going to be to edit this. I would edit out the first little bit of this clip. So I can go ahead and click down on my timeline, perhaps until I find an area that I know where I want to start, right about here. You can also just simply click and drag in order to scrub to find the area where you want to start. Once you find that point, there are a couple of different ways that you can cut out the previous part of the clip. One really easy way is to hover over the clip. When you get to the end, you notice the cursor changes. Well, here I can click and drag all the way to my playhead needle, let go, and it will then cut out that part of the clip. It's now gone.
Well, now that I've made a few changes, what I want to do is save these out. As you work with video, you have really large files. You want to make sure that you're saving your work. To do that, we will go ahead and navigate to our File pulldown menu, and here we will choose Save. This allows us to save this file, and we will name it rob_portrait and save it in that same folder. Simply click save in order to save that document. Well, now that we have this, let's go ahead and take a look at our clip. As we scrub through it, you can see that it's a handheld clip of this guy, Rob Machado--again, a really famous surfer-- and let's say that I want to use this kind of as an intro slide in the surf movie, which will introduce this surfer, and then later it will show him surfing.
Well, I like this clip. It's handheld. It's a little bit edgy. I like the feeling of it, but I don't really like the color or tone. Well, to make changes to the way that the video appears, it's really easy. All that you have to do is to use one of your different adjustments. Let's try Curves. Here I will click on the Curves icon. In this case, I am going to go ahead and click and drag up to brighten up the video file, then I'll go down to my various channels. I will try the red channel or add a little bit of cyan, then I will go down to the blue, yellow channel, and perhaps I'll add a little but a yellow there and then maybe perhaps the green channel--add a bit of magenta.
Now the point here isn't to follow along with these specific adjustments, but rather to highlight that you can use all of these different adjustment layers in order to change the way your video file appears. Take a look at it. Here's our before. Now here's our after. We can also zoom out a little bit. On a Mac press Command+Minus, on Windows press Ctrl+Minus, this way we can see this a little bit better here. And here again, is our before and after. I kind of like this yellow cross process type of aesthetic.
All right. Well, now that we've modified the clip, we've edited it, we've changed its color and tone using an Adjustment layer, what I want to do next is I want to close my Properties panel. And I want to start to add some transitions. Transitions in Photoshop are extremely easy. You will notice there's this little square icon. If you click on this, it allows you to determine or to choose some transitions. Let's say we want to fade from white. I will just click, drag and drop, and there you have it.
This clip will now fade from white, and we can play this in order to see how this works. Now if the clip happens--or if the transition happens too quickly, you can hover over it and click and drag to extend it. You can make it longer or shorter by simply clicking and dragging. One of the beauties of working with video in Photoshop is that it's really quite simple and you can take advantage of all that you already know. Okay. Well, let's create a transition at the end of this. We will go ahead and choose Fade to White, drag and drop, and then here it is.
At the end, we grab the playhead needle. It now fades out to white. Okay. Well, we are actually making some really good progress. We brought the clip in, modified its color and tone. We edited it a little bit, cut it down, and added some transitions. Let's continue to work with this clip and take a look at how we can finish this little project off in regards to adding some type and also adding an audio file as well. And let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie. So go ahead and leave this document open, as we will be working with this one in the next movie.
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