Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a snapshot effect pt. 2, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
So, let's hide the background Layer 1 by clicking on the eyeball down here.…Now, we are going to use our Eraser tool.…So, navigate over to the Eraser tool.…If you don't see it, it's the top Eraser here.…By keeping your finger down on the mouse, you click on that.…It's just underneath the Clone tool, which looks like a stamp, and you will get…what looks like the edge of an eraser.…Remember the eraser's on the end of our pencils, our number 2 pencils.…Well, that's what that really looks like and you can change the diameter by…Ctrl-clicking and changing it to a very large, that's too big, to a very small size.…Let's start with 20 for now and when you have selected that number by either…dragging the sliders or typing it in, just push the Enter key on your keyboard…and we have got this circle.…
Now we can do this incrementally by just clicking at certain spots and it…cleans up the edge a little bit here and there or we can click in one area, which I'll do now.…Click outside just right where the edges and I don't know if you saw that.…
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Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the "Creating a Snapshot Effect" lessons, when the author imports a still image freeze frame from Final Cut Pro into Photoshop, he resizes the image before doing any work. Then he resizes it again to the original dimensions before sending it back to Final Cut Pro. Why must the images be resized at all? Also, in his example, the author uses NTSC DV footage. What should one do to resize the image if using 1280x720 HD footage?
If using CS3 or later, simply select the matching preset to your FCP project resolution size.
If working with 1280x720 make a new Document then simply select the Film and Video preset, then select the appropriate size from the "Size" option, HDV/HDTV 720 within Photoshop.
Q: I am attempting to complete the exercise in the “Creating a snapshot effect pt. 3” video, but I cannot get the timeline to open up separately when I double click on the PSD file in the timeline. So I can't see both layers of the PSD file in order to complete the animation.
A: Final Cut Pro will only open layered PSD files into a separate Sequence if there are truly multiple layers.
Open the PSD file in Photoshop to test the layers, then save. Then open that exact file in FCP.