When working with RAW files, you may find yourself having to take extra steps or may not want anyone else to make changes. How do you make sure that your image stays they way you want it? In this movie, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to embed a RAW image inside of a Smart Object in Adobe Photoshop.
- When working with raw files they can be quite useful, but sometimes they lead to extra steps by the artist, or perhaps you don't want them to make changes. Well, just like we used a Smart Object to embed something inside, we can do the same with Photoshop. Here's how. Let's open up that D and G file from before. I'll double-click to bring it open. And at the bottom here I can click on the Workflow options, the little Hyperlink text. And you'll notice a choice that says "open in Photoshop as Smart Objects".
I'll leave that checked. Now when I open it's gonna make a 16-bit file and include the raw file inside. Clicking "open object" brings open a new Photoshop file. There it is. And now with the crop tool I could choose C for crop and dial in a specific size. For example, let's do width and height and I'll crop to 1920 px for pixels, by 1080 px for pixels, and it's framed for video.
I'll recompose that a little bit. I like that. And click return. And it's cropped and sized. Now, let's save that. File, save as, and we'll store that here with Shot 2, and we'll save that as a TIFF with layers. There we go. And I can even apply compression if I want to get it a little bit smaller.
But I do include the layers. So now in After Effects, you can bring that in. Let's navigate to Shot 2 and grab the sized TIFF. I'll choose import. You see it came in as a 1920x1080 document. But if for any reason I want to make changes, that's easy. I can select the layer and press control E. And now I'm back to Photoshop. Remember now using the move tool, you can also recompose that photo a little bit.
Maybe you want to see the people a bit more, okay. Or using free transform, because it's a smart object with all the resolution stored inside of it, I can still scale this up all the way up to its original size. So we punch in on those people a little bit to see them better. Well, the raw file redraws itself because inside this layer is the full raw file. Let's hit return. Remember, if I double-click it will even open it into Camera Raw. So I can tweak the exposure and maybe recover the highlights a little bit more.
There we go. When I click "OK", it updates. And now I can close the document, save my changes and switch back to After Effects, and you see that it redraws. So, makes it really simple. Remember, pressing control E will open up the file and let you jump in and then as you close and save, those come across. Decide to make a little tweak, maybe adding a color look up table and apply a slight film look.
There we go. Maybe pull down the exposure just a little bit in the middle and bring down the highlights a little. There we go. And I'll save that, cntrol S. When I switch to After Effects, it updates. So you have the full flexibility, the ability to bring in a flattened file that's easy to work with but with a simple key command of control E or command E, for edit original. You're inside of Photoshop where it's simple to make changes, work with a layered file, or even open up the original Camera Raw file to make any adjustments.
Learn how to properly develop and then optimize raw files to increase performance in After Effects, and use Photoshop's advanced typographic controls. Find out how to use layer styles to add bevels, overlays, and glows, and correct lens distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. Rich also introduces a unique use for Vanishing Point, which allows you to export 3D objects for parallax movements and virtual sets. Plus, discover how to save out depth mattes for backdrops and keying, and use the powerful Content-Aware tools for background plates, set extensions, or recomposing assets. There's a lot to learn! Start watching to incorporate Photoshop's advanced tools into your next After Effects project.
- Preparing Photoshop files for transfer
- Working with raw images
- Using Photoshop's advanced typographic controls
- Designing with layer styles
- Correcting lens issues and artifacts
- Creating perspective with Vanishing Point
- Creating LUTs with Photoshop
- Creating realistic focus effects for backdrops and keying
- Mastering the Content-Aware tools