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- Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
- Controlling playback in the Timeline
- Building a sequence
- Organizing and editing A-roll and B-roll footage
- Adding transitions
- Adjusting volume
- Adding music
- Color balancing a shot
- Adjusting contrast
- Adding a lower-third graphic
- Animating text
- Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime
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When building a video, you may want to add some text to identify elements. In this case, I want to put in a URL and a name bar to identify my speaker. Let's start with the basic lower third. I've put the playhead where I want to add the graphic, and to make this easier; I am going to add a new layer. Let's just go ahead and cleanup the Layers panel a little bit here, collapsing these groups so it's simpler, and I'll go right above the A-roll here and click to add a new layer. There it is, it dropped in the contents.
Now to give me some guidance, I am going to call up the Actions panel and in the actions panel you will find Video Actions. These are some actions I wrote that ship with Photoshop that give you the ability to add things, such as the Title Safe Overly. This will really come in handy here, because you can run that, and it will give you some guides as to where you should be putting elements. Any text that's meant to be read should fall in this inside line. We are just going to leave that up there for the short term. Let's go ahead here and just scroll down a bit.
I am going to extend this graphic so it's long enough, there we go! It's going to start underneath this previous shot, at it will end by the time we get to this next shot, so that's fine, and let's design. I can now minimize the timeline and make a little more room up here. All right, I always believe in naming my layer, so we'll start with a Bar, grab my Marquee tool and draw.
Let's toss in a Gradient adjustment layer and adjust the angle a bit. I can always click to drag to reposition, it's looking pretty good there. Remember, everything is flexible, so if you got clipping you don't want, you could just pull those out and adjust these Stops to taste. That looks pretty good.
I can also introduce Opacity, so I can have the bar fade out gently, down to about 55% Opacity, and start up here around 95. There we go! We have got a nice bar, it's working well. I am just going to put a little Blur on that, just the mask, and that gives us a gentle transition on the edge, so it doesn't vibrate on screen. Because, it's its own layer, it's easy to reposition it up or down. Let's go ahead and grab the Text tool here. I'll load my default color of white and I am going to click and draw to define a text box, putting it inside the Title Safe Area.
In my script, it identifies the name of our subject, this is John Butler and he is the Director of Marketing and Membership. Let's make that little bit bigger so it's easier to see. And we can now play with the font size and the choices here. Now the fonts you have uploaded on your system may vary, but, I am going to make his name a bit larger, and for this lower title here, I'll make that a bit smaller, and even you can take advantage of Advanced Options like Small Caps to help that standout. Looks pretty good. We'll make that bold and set this up to 50%, so it's easier to see a clean redraw.
It's looking pretty good, except it's probably a good idea to run my spellchecker, and sure enough there is a mistake, so let's go ahead and change that, and it fixed it for me. Looking pretty good. You have got all your standard text controls that you might want. If you're getting some text size mixing there, which it looks like we are. I'll just double check to make a few quick fixes. This should be 60pt. So let's just select all those characters and set them to the same size, there we go! Let's go and select that bottom line and we'll just adjust the leading a bit, to pull that down from the letter, and I am going to go ahead under the Paragraph panel and actually indent it just a little bit to nudge it over. That looks good! Let's go ahead and finish this out with the Quick Layer Style. I'll select the text, toss on a Drop Shadow to make it a little bit easier. Remember, you can pull that shadow into place. Let's spread that out a bit and soften it, here we go.
A slight Bevel, I'll put that on the outside and that just helps to cut a little bit, and I am going to put a little stroke on the outside as well, at a lower opacity. Here we go. Looking pretty good. Let's just nudge the elements into place, move it so we could see everything. With my Move tool, I'll just drag that down a bit, select my Bar, pull it up, looks good, everything is in place.
And now I just need to adjust it in the timeline, so it falls at the right point. We could select that Safe Title Overlay, notice it's locked, so I'll just first unlock it and then throw it in the trash, and now I can go ahead with those two objects, select them and drag them into place, and you'll see that our lower third is going to fade on as we dissolve out of the previous shot (video playing) And then we are on our next shot. So that's looking really solid.
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