Learn best practices for importing a multilayered Photoshop file. Learn how to set the comp size and duration and extend regular and pre-comps layers.
- [Instructor] We'll begin by importing the multi-layered Photoshop file that I created for this project. So first I'm going to close the footage window. We already finished looking at the plan of the animation. We can always reference it later if there is a need. And then I'm going to make sure the project banner is highlighted just by clicking on it. And I'm going to go to the file manual and I'm going to choose import file. Once again, I'm going to navigate to the projects files folder and from the footage folder I'm going to select this version, Wimbledon interlude.psd.
I'm going to click open in order to import it and in this dialogue I will change the import kind from footage to composition - retain layer sizes. And this means that each one of the layer will come with all its pixels intact. Meaning that if something is going outside of the boundaries of the document we will still be able to animate it, maybe scale it up or down as we need. Then there are a couple of other options over here.
I'm going to select the editable layer styles under the layers options and this means that if I view layer styles inside Photoshop I will be able to access them over here and animate them if there's a need. And I think there will be a need. So it's always a good option to choose this one. I'm going to click okay now and this will create our first composition, Wimbledon Interlude. So we can see we have a couple of other compositions over here.
Those are the next steps but for now I'm just going to double click and open the Wimbledon Interlude composition that After Effects created from this Photoshop file. Also note that we have a folder over here, and if I'm going to fold it down we can see all the different layers that are part of the design including this precomp which in Photoshop is equal to a folder. So if you want to take a look at this design inside Photoshop just to see where we are starting, you can select one of those layers.
Go to the edit manual and chose edit original. This will launch Adobe Photoshop and open the project over here. Some I'm just going to rearrange the layers panel just so it will be easier to see. I'm also going to double click on the properties to fold it up and we have this mix of different layers as you can see over here. We have a background layer, on top of it this is the folder with those three circles. Then we have two layers of live text with some layer styles, in this case an outer glow layer style.
And then we have this Wimbledon logo. This is a smart object meaning it is a live vector file, an Illustrator document which is placed as a smart object inside Photoshop. Then we have this blue field, the 5 logo, once again this a live font. And if you open this file and you will get a warning dialogue from Typekit asking you to sync font then go ahead and accept it. I'm using the Museo Sans 900 font here with two versions, the bold and the italic one.
So make sure that this font is installed on your machine as well. If you're getting something which looks different then quit Photoshop, install the font or sync it from Typekit and then reopen this document in order to get a similar result to what you are seeing on the screen. Then on top of it I have a reference tennis ball that I downloaded from the internet and of course this color scheme. So all of those layers are automatically translated to an After Effects composition.
Let's switch back to After Effects and we can see that indeed this is the case over here. So I'm going to fold up this folder. We don't need to look at all of those layers. And I'm also going to select this color scheme and press delete in order to get rid of it. We can always reference it later. Now I need to make sure that I'm setting the correct duration as well as frame size before I'm starting this process. So I'm going to go to the composition manual and I'm going to select composition settings assuming the composition is selected in the timeline.
Here we can see the dimensions which came from Photoshop so those are the correct dimensions, the width and the height. We are basically using the full HD preset. Now I'm going to use 25 frames per second because in this instance I'm going to design something for the European market. Obviously Wimbledon is a tournament that happens in the UK but you can change it at any time even at the end of the project so you can work like this and then if there is a need you can render a different frame rate at the end and I'm going to show you how to do it once we are going to finish the animation and get ready to render.
But I do want to change the duration. Now currently it is set to five seconds and this is because After Effects will remember the last time that I imported a Photoshop or an Illustrator file and it uses the same duration over here. So I need to change it to 6 seconds. And then I'm going to click okay to approve my selection. Now it looks like nothing has been changed in the timeline but if I'm going to take this zoom slider all the way towards the left we can see that now we have an empty second at the end over here.
Now depending on how you set your After Effects project you may start with a different experience meaning that you may need to shorten it so for example you may see a duration of 30 seconds and then once you are going to shorten it you are going to create a six second duration and obviously all of your layers will reach the end of the comp. But in my case this is not happening because I'm starting from a shorter version. So I'm going to go to the end over here and I'm going to select all of my layers just by marking around them.
And then I'm going to take one of them and just stretch it so it will reach the end of the time line. Now everything is working according to my plan except for this circle's comp. And in order to scale the circle's comp we actually need to double click on it, go over here to the composition settings of this comp, make sure that we do have the same settings, change it over here to six, press okay, and repeat the last steps so I'm going to cirlce around those layers and then just drag them so they will appear until the end of the timeline.
And once again this is something that you will need to do if you are importing folders from your Photoshop document into After Effect and then changing the composition duration and by that I mean extending it beyond the defaults of the application. But I just want to show you how to get around this problem in case you are experiencing it. So once I created it I now have the ability to just stretch this comp until the end of the timeline which is exactly what I want.
- Animating a layered Photoshop file
- Create an animated background
- Animating using effects
- Extruding and texturing 3D typography
- Creating an ending transition
- Faking motion blur
- Rendering a master file and a delivery file