Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using actions, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
…I'm a big fan of Photoshop actions.…One I understand them, two they save time.…Essentially, a Photoshop action is a macro.…You record Photoshop doing something, and…then it can play back those actions again in the future.…You also could set that some of those actions allow for user input, so…you could tweak the values along the way.…I've put together a collection of actions to show you how they can be used to…create backdrops.…Feel free to explore these and tweak them a bit to get results that you like.…
To load actions,…you can double click on a set of actions or by choosing Window > Actions.…Just click the panel submenu, and you can load them.…Once loaded, they'll appear in this list.…Now, I've loaded them a few times, so…let me toss these out and you'll see a collection of actions.…Each of these plays back several different steps to create a new background.…All you need to do is make a new document and set it to be your delivery size.…
Now you play it and it will run back.…Now these actions are prerecorded, let me show you some samples.…
- The role of backgrounds in video
- Achieving proper color and contrast
- Gathering source material
- Working with gradients
- Filtering and blending backgrounds
- Using patterned tiles
- Shooting background plates
- Stacking and blending footage
- Designing backgrounds with the effects in After Effects
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
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