Combine two powerhouse applications to create practical and useful titles and graphics in a Final Cut Pro project.
- [Voiceover] I'd like to welcome you to this training series titled Photoshop for Final Cut Pro. My name is Frank Romer and I'll be taking you through all the lessons found in this training series. So why don't we go ahead and get started with the first lesson, which is an introduction to the Photoshop interface. And I've already launched Photoshop. And if you would like to launch Photoshop, you can bounce between the lessons and go right into Photoshop if you'd like, or if you simply just want to watch these lessons, that'll work too. Well, Photoshop is launched. I'm running version CS3. And it almost looks like Photoshop is not launched because you can still see my desktop.
Well, don't let that fool you. Number one, it is launched. Number two, very powerful application that looks very timid. And Adobe has done a great job at designing something that us editors love to use on a daily basis. And I'm certain that after you've taken all the lessons found in this training series, that you will feel the same. As a matter of fact, I feel that the items that I'm going to teach you will enhance your production value. Okay, so while I'm explaining the interface, I want to open up a document to help me explain how the interface works. I'm gonna navigate down here, the bottom right hand side of my screen, and click on a document that I created here in Photoshop.
And I'll probably touch on this and few other things as we go through the introduction. Well, to begin with, I'm gonna start over here on the left hand side. There's a toolbar within Photoshop. Zoom into that. And these are tools that we'll be using throughout these lessons. Now we may not use all of these, but we will use a lot of them. And as you can see, whatever my cursor is hovering over a tool, it more or less lights up. You also may notice that there's a little triangle on the bottom right hand side of a lot of these tools and if you mouse click and keep your finger down on the mouse of one of these tools, then Photoshop will reveal additional tools.
Just like that. And when you get a chance, if you want to go through and just make yourself or get yourself familiar with the additional items that could be hidden, I'll call it that. They're hidden. That's probably not a bad idea. Now we don't have time to go through all of these, but as you can see here, only a couple of these do not have that triangle. This is one of them. The move tool, which happens to be, I'm gonna say the most popular tool in Photoshop. Now if you wanted to expand the toolbar to a single row, you could simply click on this double arrow here and it does that.
See how that works. Or you can click on it or at the top portion, actually, of the tool bar to make it into a dual row. So we'll be touching on this throughout the lessons here in this training series. What about this top portion of the interface where my cursor is now? Well basically when you select a tool, for instance, I'll mouse click on the type tool, notice how this area changes. And basically, any tool that you select is going to change your options here at the top portion of the interface in Photoshop. And basically when we select a tool, we'll more or less use these items up here to manipulate that tool and create cool items like you see I've done here in this canvas window.
More on this canvas window in just a moment. So I'm gonna mouse click on the move tool, bring that back. And this top portion of the interface is really all of our menu options. We'll be diving into a lot of these. For instance, if you mouse click on the word file, we can create a new document. We can save our document. We can import items. So these items up here are areas that we're going to be jumping into throughout all of our lessons. Okay. What about over here on the far right hand side of the screen? Well, these are the palettes, or the palette. And I can expand certain portions of the palette by clicking on the minimize or unminimize button within the each section of the palette window.
In fact, I have a double arrow here on the left and the right hand side. If I wanted to minimize my palette to the smallest that it would go, then I would click on that. And notice how if I wanted to open up, say for instance, the layers portion of this palette, then I would get just my layers. More on the layers in just a moment. But if I wanted to keep these open, then I would simply click on the double arrow, just like that. And they would be revealed. Now you'll see that there are tabs within the palettes of the interface of Photoshop and these tabs will basically give us more information.
Visual information of the document that we're creating. For instance, we have, when we click on the layers, by the way, this is one of the tabs probably be using a lot more than others, it will reveal the layers of our document. And basically our document here has three layers. We have a bottom layer with an eyeball to turn it on or off. See how that works by clicking on the eyeball. Or the word my, or the word pimp. (laughter) And we can rearrange these layers too by mouse clicking on one layer and dragging it straight up.
See that? Now this giant title block is above and in front of the word my. And this is very similar to how Final Cut Pro works. Final Cut Pro does the same thing. And notice when I click on the layer, I can drag it up or drag it down to change the arrangement of how they are stacked within my document. And of course, that top layer takes precedence over the bottom layers. Just like Final Cut Pro. It's pretty cool. One other thing that I want to bring to your attention before we move on is you click on this double layer over here to expand, you'll notice that we have a history tab which is pretty cool.
And this will allow us to step back and actually see what our steps were to get to a particular point while we're creating something within Photoshop. And we can delete that, which is a very cool feature that you'll probably use a lot more than you think. So the middle portion of the interface has a canvas where we will create documents, or graphics, or titles that will eventually end up in Final Cut Pro. And this particular document has some important features that I want to bring to your attention.
Number one, the basics are the title, which is right here. The RGB format that we're working in. The name of course is there as well. And the areas that surround this document. For instance, the ruler here which is showing pixels, that's important. The checkerboard background which reveals a transparent background, which means I can take this item, this title, this document, into Final Cut and float it on top of video. In other words, you would see the video in the background which is very cool.
Document size down here in the bottom left hand side. And I can expand this document by clicking on this yellow button here, of course. Or I can mouse click on the bottom right hand side of this document and enlarge it that way or push the command key on my keyboard and the minus key to shrink it down or to blow it up. And basically when I do that, you'll see the percentage sign is changing. And most of the time, I'm gonna ask you to try to keep this percentage at 100 because that will reveal more accurate information as we are creating our document.
And that's the introduction of the interface of Photoshop. As you can see, it's pretty straight forward. Fairly easy to use. So I hope you enjoyed this introduction of the interface to Photoshop. We're now ready or the next lesson.
- Creating a corporate logo
- Creating elegant text openers for final video production
- Using keyframing to mark sections of a file
- Setting Photoshop preferences to work best with Final Cut Pro
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.