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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.
Now that we know a little bit about working with video in Photoshop, what I want to do is dig deeper. Here we're going to take a look at how we can work with two or more clips and how we can bring those together inside of Photoshop, because typically that's a real-world scenario, right? We very rarely have one clip. Rather, we're interested in stitching or editing together multiple clips. We'll be working with these two files here. Yet, before we began that project, I want to point something out. If we go back to our last project, you'll notice that the video file, well, it's about 70 Megs, and if you click on the Photoshop file where we did our editing, this one's only about 10 Megs. That's because this file doesn't contain the video file, rather it's a linked to that file.
Therefore, you want to save these files in the same location as the main video file. That's really important. And I neglected to point that out, so I just wanted to highlight it here. Well, here what we're going to do is select our clips. So click on one, hold down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then click on another. And this time we're going to open these up in a little bit more of an effective way when we're working with more than one clip, and that is to go to our Tools pulldown menu. Here we'll select Photoshop and then choose Load Files into Photoshop Layers.
This will then create a new document for us and load these two files into our Layers panel--you can see them here-- and it will also open up our timeline. Now before I do anything, I want to save this out. On a Mac press Shift+Command+S. On Windows press Shift+Ctrl+S. Let's save this out as beach.psd, and then press Enter, or Return. Well, now that we've saved this file, one of the things that I want to do is I want to spread out my clips. Currently, they're on top of each other. So in order to do that, click on one clip, hold down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then click on the other.
Next, if you click on this video icon, it gives you the ability to create what's called a New Video Group. Well, we want to do that because it will then spread out our video clips in sequence. Let me show you what I mean. We'll go ahead and choose this option, and now here if I change the view of the timeline by dragging to the left, you can see that my video clips, well, they're in a good sequence. The video clips are also inside of this group, which is really nice. And so, again, it just will help me out a little bit. Let's go ahead and save this document. Press Command+S or Ctrl+S to do so.
All right. Well, the next thing that I need to do is to start to cut some of this content out of these clips. These video files are really fun. I captured them with my iPhone, and my daughter was down at the beach and she was riding her bodyboard there and catching waves, and so I want to have this fun little clip which showcases her riding in these waves. When I get to a point where I want to create a cut, say right here, one of the ways you can do that is to click on the clip, then you can click on the cut icon--the little icon which is a pair of scissors.
Next, you can go ahead and scrub down the timeline. And here, I'm going to scrub down the timeline until I see another nice point of action, and once I see that point, again, go ahead and click on the clip and then just click on the scissors icon. Well, now here I have this intermediary clip which has content which I don't need, I want to get rid of that. Well, just click on it and press Delete or Backspace, and it will auto adjust the timeline for you. Let's take a look at our progress here. Here we can see she catches the wave, goes back up, catches another one, and then I want to create, perhaps, another cut right about here.
Again, click in the clip, go ahead and click on the scissors icon in order to create that cut and then scrub down to see if there's another point of action that might be interesting. And with this one, they're really isn't for this file, so we click on that and then press Delete or Backspace. Now if ever you want a more precise view, you can always click to expand this, so you can really get in close and get precise in regards to where you're creating these different cuts. All right. Well, here she goes ahead and catches that last wave, and then I want to end this clip.
Another way that we can edit or cut is by hovering over the edge of the clip and then just simply clicking and dragging. And here, you can see it shows us that clip in that Preview window there. And then just let go in order to create that cut. If the cut that you've created--in this case it doesn't look good, or you don't like it--hover over the end and then just click and drag in order to change that. All right. Well, great! Well, here essentially what we've done is we've taken two clips and we've turned it into three. We're starting to stitch together our little story.
Let's continue to work with this project and see how we can work with video in Photoshop, and let's do that in the next movie.
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