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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.
In this last movie on video, I want to highlight how you can get really creative with your video clips in some non-traditional ways. In other words, I want to focus in on how we can take advantage of Photoshop's creative strength and how we can modify our video clips in some pretty interesting ways. Well, here in this file, you can see that I have this video clip and also an audio track. What I want to do is just play a couple of seconds of this so that you can get a feel for the video file and also for the mood or the tone of the audio track. In order to do that, I'll click on the Play button.
Let's go ahead and watch and listen. (Video Playing) This particular clip I captured by leaning my camera up against a pole. That was pointed up towards this moving sculpture down at the beach, and I kind of like the mood and the feel here. Well, we've seen before that one of the things that we can do is we can use adjustment layers. For example, we could create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. We could go into our Blue channel and desaturate those blues. We can also do other things as well. For example, let's click on this icon for Black & White.
Well, black and white is fascinating, because it allows us to control the image in a really powerful way. Yet, let's say that we apply a blending mode to this layer. Well, we can do that. You can click on your Blending mode option and then choose Soft Light. In this way we can come up with this really interesting kind of muted high contrast type of a look. Take a look at this. Here's before, and now here's after. The whole point of this is that the things that we can do in Photoshop to our images, we can now do to our video clips. But what about taking this even further? One of the things you can do is you can click on your video clip right here.
You can go to the Filter pulldown menu and select Convert for Smart Filters. This will convert this to a smart object. Once you've done that, you can apply different filters to your video file. Let me show you what I mean. If we go to the Filter pulldown menu and then go to Blur, let's choose a blur say, like Radial Blur. By choosing a Radial blur in the center and a certain amount, we can click OK and then apply that blur to this clip. As we scrub the clip, we're going to see that blur take place or effect the clip.
If ever we don't like it, well, just click into this smart object layer and you can then turn that off. And this is really the power of working with smart objects, is that you can apply all of these different filters and it's editable. Another thing that you can do which is fascinating is you can duplicate this entire video group, and then you can resize your video clips. Let me show you what I mean. Well, here I'm going to minimize this video group just so we can focus in on this and then click and drag it to the new layer icon.
Notice I now have a new video group that also shows up in my timeline below. The next step for me is going to be to free transform this. To free transform a video or an image layer--or a text layer for that matter-- you navigate to the Edit pulldown menu and then choose Free Transform. Well, here I'll hold down the Shift key and simply click and drag in order to free transform this and then press Enter or Return. All right. Well, let's do that one more time. Here click and drag to the new layer icon, so I have another video group, and then I'll move this one off to the right.
Well, now that I have these two versions of these video files, I'm going to go ahead and reposition them a little bit. So here, you can hold down Command on a Mac, or Ctrl on Windows, and click and drag these around so that you can reposition where they're displayed. What's interesting about all of this is that because we have this, what we can then do is play this back and all of these will move at once. Let's play a short clip of this new layout here. I'll click on the Play icon so we can watch a few seconds of this now. (Video Playing) Here you see that these files have the same color and tone, and they're moving in some pretty interesting ways. And really, what we're doing here is just scratching the surface. And what I'm trying to get you excited about is how you can take advantage of Photoshop's strength.
You can work with Masking and Blending and Filters and Multiple Layers and even more. There's so much that you can do. You can even blend in entire video group layer onto another group. For example, if we click on this Group, rather than Pass Through, you can use a blending mode, say like Soft Light, and here you can see how all of these different video files are really sitting on top of each other and how you can start to have them play on top of each other. Again, let me click on the Play button one more time. (Video Playing) The point of this isn't that you're going to create clips like this.
Rather, the point is to get you excited about how you can use your imagination with your video files. The sky is the limit when it comes to working with Photoshop and video. And what I hope you do is start to play with this and experiment with how you can create traditional video stories and also how you can get really creative and use all those creative skills that you already have with Photoshop in order to edit together video files which are distinct and compelling.
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