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Working with layered Photoshop files


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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Working with layered Photoshop files

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.
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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
6h 59m Beginner May 07, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the window layout and the interface
  • Importing card-based media
  • Capturing media from tape
  • Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
  • Editing clips into the Timeline
  • Performing insert and overwrite edits
  • Performing more advanced editing tasks, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and trimming using ripple and roll edits
  • Mixing audio
  • Editing more efficiently using markers
  • Working with stills and graphics
  • Creating speed changes on clips
  • Adding transitions and effects
  • Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
  • Demonstrating multicamera editing techniques
  • Stabilizing shaky footage
  • Exporting your final project to the web, mobile devices, and tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Working with layered Photoshop files

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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Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
Q: I'm receiving the following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it?
 
Additionally, when I try to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.
A: Solution 1: Deactivate, and then reactivate Adobe Premiere Pro.
 
Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon. Do not attempt to load a project file. Choose New Project, then create a project. The settings you choose in this step are not important.
 
Launch Premiere Pro so that the Help menu is available. Choose Help > Deactivate. Then on the Deactivate, screen click the Deactivate button. On Premiere Pro CC Choose Help > Sign out ...Then sign back in. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro as you did in Step 1. On the Sign In Required screen, click the Sign in button. If prompted, sign in with your Adobe ID. The full list of sequence presets is reinitialized. Open the project the generated the error to ensure that it opens correctly. If you are still unable to open your project, contact Adobe Technical Support.
 
Solution 2: Re-create the Adobe Premiere Pro preferences and plug-in cache.
 
Get ready to press the Alt (Option) + Shift keys simultaneously. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon, and immediately press and hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys. Continue to hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys down until you see the Welcome Screen. Note: If the preferences have been reset successfully, the Recent Projects area of the welcome screen will be blank. (Holding Alt (Option) alone on launch will reset the preferences. Holding Shift alone will delete the plugin cache.)
Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up.
 
"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used?"
 
What do I have to do to solve the issue?
Luckily, there is no issue. This is how Premiere Pro operates. "Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used" is an indication that the machine that is being used does not have an approved/fast enough graphics card. However, all the files and media for this course will work just fine.
 
You can read more about the system requirements for Premiere Pro here and here


 
 
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