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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
Skill Level Appropriate for all
If you like to reveal text over time, you do have some basic animation capabilities to fade and move. I am going to go ahead and place a URL here. I've selected the correct group and added a new layer and we'll just put that above. We are going to drag that out, so it's the duration that we want, and I'm just going to type the web site address in. We'll go ahead and take advantage of standard controls, I'll smooth that out a bit, make it nice and large and track it a little bit looser, so it's easier to read.
Great! If I want, I could simply select the previous text layer, right-click, and choose Copy Layer Style, and then right-click on that layer to apply the same Layer Style. Great! Let's move that into place, looks about right, scroll down to where that falls in the timeline, there is out text. We can drag that where we want it to appear, and extend it so it's the correct duration. And if we twirl this down, you'll see some basic properties, the one we really care about is Transform.
We can now select this and take advantage of some basic moves. Notice that you have Panning and Zooming as presets, we usually use that with photos. I'm going to instead go to the beginning of the clip. Let's go ahead and hold down on the Shift key and drag and snap. We are going to turn on the stopwatch for Transform and Opacity. I'll come to the end, Hold down the Shift key to snap, back off one frame and add two more keyframes. Now this allows us to create fades.
I am going to want to jump back just a little bit and add a third and fourth keyframe. This is going to make it easy to do the fade up, there we go. Start at the beginning and change the Opacity down to 0. Jump to the next keyframe, you see it's 100, 100, and then 0, that works nice. And under the Transform property here, I'm just going to scale that up slightly, so it gets a little bigger. What we now have is a slowly fade growing URL.
(video playing) Looks pretty good! I just want to make sure it's properly centered. So let's position or playhead in the middle, call up our Rulers, and switch them to Percent. This makes it easier to drag a guide over and invoking the Free Transform command, I could see that I'm off a little bit.
Now what I don't want to do is add another keyframe. So we'll simply delete that keyframe, jump to the beginning, and tell it to Free Transform, Ctrl+T or Command+T. Set our beginning point, looks good. Jump to the end, Crtl+T or Command+T, and it makes it very easy to tell if you've got proper alignment. I want to a go ahead and clear that guide out and it's no longer part of my program.
Let's mute the audio and play that back. (video playing) There is my growing URL and it fades out.