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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this chapter, we're going to learn how to animate, how to bring things to life and we are going to do that by using a layered Photoshop document. But because importing layered Photoshop document is so unique and different than importing any other type of file I want to show you how to do that really quick. In the Project panel, I'm going to double- click in the blank area here to Import a file. I'm going to go to the Media folder inside the Exercise Files folder. Go to the PSDs folder. PSD stands for a Photoshop Document and my little S at the end there is because it's plural. I'm going to click once on the Explore CA Logo layered.psd file and then click Open.
This is what the file looks like here. Click Open and this little dialog box that pops up here, this is where the power is with importing Photoshop files. You see in Photoshop, I created all these different layers and we have all these different layers to work with here and we can choose how we want to bring these layers in. Well we could squish all the layers together. We can merge all the layers. We could also choose Merged Layers and choose which layers to merge. We could also select Individual Layers.
So these are all the different layers in the Photoshop document. Let's say we only wanted one. Let's say we wanted this girl riding the bike right here, the Biker Body layer. We could uncheck all the other layers, click Select None, and just click select Biker Body, and import just that layer. Now I'm going to go back to Select All. Make sure all the layers of the Photoshop document are selected. The real power here is in selecting a sequence. Notice that I don't have any sequences in my current project right now. What this is going to do if I choose Sequence is this is going to create a Premiere sequence for me and it is going to bring in all of the layers as is.
All those layers just as they were in the master Photoshop document. So I'm going to go ahead and click OK here. Now I'm going to go back in the Project panel. There is a nice tidy folder created for me for the Photoshop document I just imported. Open this up, every single layer. I can click to preview this in the Project panel preview area here, the thumbnail. Every single layer comes in and I could use them independently and they have also created a sequence for me that I'm just going to double-click and open up.
As you can see here, all these layers came back intact, all of our layers separately. So now, if I hit the Backslash key on the keyboard, so I can see all these different layers. Now we can see all these layers on these different video tracks and we can click them to select them, move them around, adjust them, what have you, and we're ready to start talking about animation.
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