Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing a PSD into Final Cut Pro, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
Now I'm going to open up Final Cut Pro, navigate down here to my dock and open up Final Cut and I'm going to open or import that item into my standard DV 4-3 Final Cut Pro project. That's more or less what I'm going to pretend like I'm editing with, so I could bring this graphic item in Final Cut. So I'm going to click on the browser to do that. I'll push Command+I. It's just the shortcut to import. There it is sitting on my desktop. That's a shortcut to import an item and I'll double-click on this item, to bring it in. And take a look at this. When you import a PSD document into Final Cut Pro, notice how the icon is similar or identical actually to a sequence icon, sometimes that confuses people but that's how Apple designed Final Cut Pro.
When you import a .psd item from Photoshop into Final Cut Pro, the icon will not show you the actual graphic that you created in Photoshop like some people think and I'll explain why in just a moment but I want to bring that to your attention. Now one of the first couple of things that an editor wants to do is look at this graphic item that they created, they want to look at in the Final Cut Pro and we created a black circle. One of the things a lot of editors don't know is they think that they can double click on this item to open it up into the viewer.
No, that doesn't work that way. Really the simplest way to get this item into the viewer so that you can see it, there's actually two steps we are going to have to take based on the graphic we created or at least, what I created. The first way you should navigate to this icon here of the psd item in your Final Cut Pro project within the browser, you mouse click and you drag it into the viewer and you let your mouse go. Now I'm not going to see this item because why? Well, by default, the background of my viewer is black, so what's the color of the graphic I created. It's also black. So I'm not going to see this until I do the following.
Navigate to the Viewer button in the upper right-hand corner, which is where my cursor is now in the viewer. Mouse click on that and select. You can either select White or Checkerboard. I like checkerboard so I can see the transparency of the document that I created in Photoshop. So check this out, I'm going to select checkerboard and boom! There it is. So by selecting mouse-- again, I'll show you. I'll mouse click on that and select checkerboard, I'll now see the transparency of the document and look the aspect ratio is perfect. It's a perfect circle. That's what we did in Photoshop.
Now to use this in Final Cut, you can mouse click and simply drag it down from the viewer and pop it down in your timeline and boom, there it is. Now, again, you're going to have the same problem. Look how I'm dragging my playhead over this graphic item and I don't see it in the canvas window. It's actually there. It's just the canvas window also has a black background. These are a few those things. A lot of editors just don't realize. So I'm glad you are watching this because now you will realize by doing the following. You can navigate to the View button and in the canvas window, mouse click on that select and Checkerboard. Then you will see the transparency background very, very clear.
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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.