Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing a PSD for Final Cut Pro, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
Now let's just put a basic graphic square or circle item here in the middle and I'm going to navigate over in my toolbar over here and I'm going to use the Marquee, the Elliptical Marquee. If you don't see the circle version basically of the Marquee, you can mouse click on this bottom in the upper left- hand side and then you'll get the menu option to select the Elliptical Marquee like I've just done, and let's create a circle right in the center. Now the reason why I'm having you do this is you always want to make sure that the aspect ratio of the graphic item you're bringing in the Final Cut Pro will be maintained properly.
It won't be stretched or won't look weird. So it's a good test too to make sure you are doing this correctly. So I'm going to hold the Shift key down and I'm going to mouse click and drag and the reason why I'm holding the Shift key down is to create a perfect circle that constrains this Elliptical Marquee as I Shift-click drag to make a perfect circle, and then I can move and move it in the center and I'll just eyeball it for this lesson by clicking in the middle part and dragging it and then I'm going to select the Move tool again to get rid of that Marquee tool and there we go. Now I want to fill this with color and I suggest that whatever color you have over here, which by the way, will be the color if you mouse click on this Paint Bucket and fill this circle with, it will be whatever color is there.
So whatever color you want to use, if it's black, great. Leave it there. Let's mouse click on the Paint Bucket, navigate over to the circle and click in this middle and it fills with black. Not bad. Now let's put that tool away. You always want to make sure you put tools away. You want it to be nice and tidy. You want to make sure you don't have a bunch of tools laying around. You can get pretty messy if you don't. Once we have done that, select the Move tool, which is what I just clicked on up here in the upper right-hand corner and put that tool away. Now the outer edge is still active. It's still selected. Let's get rid of that by navigating up to the Select option.
Here the top menu and mouse click and select Deselect and then that active edge goes away. Not bad, pretty easy. Now let's save this as PSD document and if you're wondering why am I asking to save this as a PSD document, it's because I want to preserve the transparency in the background, so I can float this graphic item on video. So to do that, we navigate it to word File and mouse click and select Save As, and I want to save it to the desktop by clicking on the Desktop option there and I'm going to change this down here. Let's just call this DV 4:3 because that's what I'm going to bring into Final Cut Pro with and if you don't see the .psd here, you should.
And if you don't, you can mouse click on this Format option here, mouse click on this and make sure that Photoshop has the check mark to the left of it and then you'll get .psd, just like that, okay. Now I'm going to select Save down here and then I'll select OK for the maximize compatibility and now I'm going to hide Photoshop and now that document should be on my desktop. There it is. Very cool.
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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.