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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
In this movie we're going to take a look at working with Photoshop files, because Adobe Premiere Pro talks wonderfully with Adobe Photoshop. So let's go ahead and start importing a single Photoshop file, and you can see there's lots of different ways to import it depending on how you're ultimately going to use it. We are going to switch over to the Media Browser, and I am going to make this full screen by hitting the Tilde key just so you can more easily see and more easily find the Photoshop file. Now, we learned in an earlier movie that I can actually filter out exactly the files I want to look at, so I am going to simply click on this dropdown menu and say only show me the Photoshop files inside my Media folder.
And there is only one, it's the Solar_Panels.psd. As a matter of fact, keep in mind anytime you see a file that's .psd, that's a Photoshop document. Now, when this Photoshop document was created, it was built with lots and lots of layers, and when the graphic artist saved it, they saved the individual layers. And if they flatten the document-- which means they didn't save the original layers--the import would be just like importing a photograph. So keep in mind this works only when the Photoshop document has been saved with all of its layers.
So I go to the Media Browser, I right-click, and I say Import, I'll be greeted with a dialog box, and I get to make some choices here on exactly how I want to work with this file. This dropdown menu gives me four different ways I can bring this footage in. I can bring it in Merge All Layers, which means even if they didn't flatten it I can bring it in as a single file, as a single image, and I am going to go ahead and hit OK--and as a matter of fact, I am going to import this three or four different ways, and you are going to see the result when we switch back into the Project panel.
So I am going to say Merge All Layers and click OK. Now, there is something I can't change here, and that's okay. And that says Document Size. It's going to automatically flatten the image and make it the right size to bring into my program. So it will go ahead and scale it up or scale it down as necessary. I'll say OK. Now, the file has been imported and we'll look at that in just a moment, but let's go ahead and right-click and import it a couple of more ways. Another thing I can do is Merged Layers. Now, here it looks almost the same, but I have little check boxes, and I can actually scroll down, and you can see this image is made up of lots and lots and lots of elements.
And maybe I don't want to bring all the elements in. Maybe it's important for me not to have high population, lots of sunlight in my graphic, because I am going to put my own title on it. So I can go ahead and turn Elements off, and I say I don't want to bring in that High Population Overlay or the Southwestern US Overlay. Another really great little secret is I can click on Select None, which deselects everything, and just maybe bring in the Map, because I only want to grab the Map in my show.
So let's go ahead and just bring in the Map, and I am going to go ahead and click OK. Once again, I have a choice here, and this time it's not grayed out as I can bring it in document-sized, which means it's going to be the size of my sequence or the Original Size of this layer. Let's go ahead and choose Layer Size so you can see the difference. And we'll--again--hit OK. I'm going to import it one more time, and this time I'm going to choose Individual Layers. Now, I can actually bring in all of these bits and pieces, and this is great because sometimes when a graphic artist designs something, they put it all in one giant Photoshop file, and you need to be able to pick and choose those elements.
So by bringing them in as Individual Layers, I am actually going to have individual graphic files of each of these elements. And we're going to go ahead and bring that in too, and again, we have the choice of scaling it up or keeping its original size, so we'll do that. And our final import is as a Sequence, and what Adobe Premiere Pro will do now is it will actually bring in anything that I checked and place it already into a sequence, creating a new sequence within my project, so I can use this sequence to actually animate my graphic. And that's pretty cool.
So let's go ahead and make it a Sequence, and I am going to make it the document size. Now, let's step back into our Project Pane, and there we go. We have a bunch of graphics here. I am going to make this into a List so you can see it a little easier. So there is our original sequence. There is the file that we brought in that was just flat, and I am going to go ahead and double-click this, and we are going to shrink out of the zoomed-in mode from the Tilde, so there is my map and only my map. And I want to point out, if I scroll over to the right--and I am going to open this up a little bit so you can see this detail is I kept it the Original Size, which is a 1000 pixels by 580 pixels.
On the ones that I matched to my Sequence, they are 1280x720. And if I open up these two sections here, I can see my Original Size of each element within that Photoshop file. So I didn't do any scaling on that first one, but look what happened on the second one. I did choose to scale it. So I can open it up, and they're all scaled on a background that's the exact size of my sequence. So that's pretty cool. I have a lot of control when bringing in these Photoshop files, depending on how I am going to work with it.
Now remember, I brought in one as a Sequence. That's the sequence right here. So not only did it bring them in, but if I double-click to load the sequence-- I am going to go ahead and stretch this back a little bit so you can actually see my sequence--if I scroll up, look. It brought in every single layer that I had checked. Let me hit the Backslash key so you can really see what's going on as an Individual element. And this is great because if I go ahead and work with this, I can actually animate these different sections.
For instance, let's say I wanted to move High Population to a different location in my final video. And I believe that was at the very top, there it is. And we learned in an earlier movie if I wanted to manipulate any element, I am going to just go ahead and double-click it, go to my Effects tab and turn on Motion. And now with Motion turned on, and this selected, I can go ahead and move that around anywhere I want. Now, of course, I probably should go ahead and move that little bounding box, but I wanted to show you how flexible working with Adobe Photoshop files is within Adobe Premiere Pro.
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