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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.
Without a doubt the world of the still and the moving image have converged. As a matter of fact you'd be hard- pressed to find a pocket camera, a mobile phone or full DSLR which doesn't both capture still and moving images. And so here in this chapter, we are going to focus in on how we can start to work with our video files and how we can do that in Photoshop. You know Photoshop allows us to work with these files in some fascinating and powerful ways. In particular, what we can do is take advantage of a lot that we've learned about working with still images and we can now apply that to video files.
That's why this chapter is located near the end of this training course. Here in Adobe Bridge, you can see that I have a few different personal video files and also some professional files here as well as some audio tracks. Well, let's take a look at how we can work with these different files and formats and how we can build a few small video projects working in Photoshop. Let's start off with this clip here. Let's go ahead and navigate to Photoshop by clicking on that little boomerang icon, which you'll find in Adobe Bridge. And then in Photoshop, go to the File pull-down menu and select Open.
Next, in the Finder, let's choose the video file and then just simply click Open. It will recognize that it's a video clip and it will open up the timeline for us. And this particular video clip has a little bit of a back story. I had a friend of mine, another photographer shoot this for me because as a teacher I needed this short bio clip. And so here in this clip I talk a little bit about myself and my own biography. Well he gave me the video file and what I want to do now is I want a review this.
There are a couple of ways we can do that. One way that we can do that is we can simply click on the Play button. Let's go ahead and just watch a few seconds of this. (video playing) All right! That is enough. I don't need to see more of my myself, but I see that I have good audio file, I like the composition, it's a good clip. Yet, one of things that I notice is that there isn't a transition. I want this clip to transition from black or fade in from black. Also if you scrub down the line to the end of the clip by clicking on the playhead needle, you will notice that as well it just ends.
Again there are no transitions here. So I want to add a transition to the front and to the end of this clip. Let's take a look at how we can do that with this small project. Well, there is an icon. Half of its kind of dark gray, half of its light gray. If you click on it, it will open up some transitions. To add a transition, it's almost laughable how easy it is. You simply click, drag and drop and voila! there it is. We now have this transition. In this case if we drag along this, we'll be able to see that our video clip will start to fade in.
Now there is a problem of course, right? It's fading in from nothing. I don't like this transition. Well, how can we change it? Well, you can change the view of your clip by clicking on this slider and I am going to do that, so that we can see this little icon which we have here for our transition. If you don't like the transition, you can right-click or Ctrl+click the transition itself. This will open up a little dialog. And rather than Fade, what I want to do is say Fade With Black. Now it will start in black and then it will go ahead and fade in and that works perfectly.
If you need to change the duration of this, well as you saw you can right-click or Ctrl+click and you can choose a longer amount of time or what you can do is you can just simply click out of that dialog there and then hover over the edge of the transition and click and drag it and you can see how I am changing the overall length of that, so that it will work well with my clip. What I want to do is find a place where I start to talk there. So I am going to go ahead and just click and drag that to the right a little bit. In this way you can see that we can start to customize our video projects.
Well, next let's go ahead and change the view of the timeline, drag this to the left to have a more compressed view as you can see here and I want to add another transition to the end of this clip here. At the end, I stop talking and I want to have a little transition right there. Well, once again we can click on this icon. Now we know we are going to choose Fade With Black, drag and drop that there at the end. Next, I want to zoom in on that area, so I'll go ahead and zoom in a little bit. Now that we are zoomed in to this area I can make sure that this transition works.
I want to make sure that I have stopped talking here. That looks pretty good. It looks like actually the transition happens a bit before I stopped talking. So in this case, I'll just click and drag it over a little bit so that the transition isn't really overriding that moment where I'm still saying a few words. Well, now that we've done that, you can see that we can start to modify these video clips in some pretty powerful ways, in this case just adding a few transitions without a lot of effort and also we started to see how we can use the playhead needle to scrub through the video file.
We've looked at how we can play it back by clicking on the Play button and of course we have looked at how we can work with transitions either by clicking on this icon or by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking on the transition itself or of course just hovering over it and clicking and dragging it in order to change the transition duration. Now that we have been introduced to these basic concepts of working with video, let's dig a little bit deeper and let's do that in the next movie. Yet before we exit this movie, we need to save our project and we also need to talk a little bit about how this file actually works.
If we go ahead and save this file, we can navigate to our File pull-down menu and choose Save As. In choosing Save As what we are going to do is save this in the same exact folder and I'll name this co_bio and I'll save this as a PSD document. Next, let's click Save and then here we'll go ahead and click OK. Next, let's go to our File pull-down menu and choose Browse in Bridge. This will take us back to the Adobe Bridge. Here in Bridge what we'll see is we now have these two files.
We have the PSD file and also the video file. If we click on the files we can see their file size. The video file -- gosh! it's almost a 120mb. The PSD document, it's only 5mb, well, how is that? Well, this Photoshop document doesn't actually contain the video file. The video isn't saved inside of this PSD. Rather, this PSD references or pulls in this other video file this MP4 document and therefore you can see that it's a really important to save your PSD file and also your movie file in the same directory or folder so that those two files can stay together.
Eventually we'll talk about how we can export or publish our video files. Once we've done that it doesn't matter where we save the file. Yet for now, as we're working on these projects, we just want to make sure that we're saving all of these documents to the same folder. Well now that we've covered some of these basics, let's go ahead and did a little bit deeper and let's do that in the next movie.
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