Once you have your media assets organized, then you can set up your timeline in Adobe Photoshop and put together a basic sequence. What are the steps you need to know for setting up a timeline? In this video, join author Richard Harrington as he walks you through how to create a complex sequence in Photoshop.
- Let me go ahead and quickly finish out this project. I'm not going to take it to the complete level, but I want to show you some of the other things we can do. Once you have this down, we'll move on to a much more complex video. Let me go ahead and save a snapshot here for this project, and I'm just going to call this version three. Now what I want to do is get the right audio mix. I noticed that there was a lot of wind noise, so clicking here I can adjust the volume of the clip as well as put fades in and out of a clip.
While I want to hear a little bit of the cheer here, I don't need to hear all the other noise. And so, by adjusting the properties of the clip, I can get the right sound. Let's have a listen. (multiple people talking) (people cheering) And just a little less volume on this one should work with a gentle fade in and out.
And then once we get going, I'm just going to actually mute the next couple of clips because the audio was extraneous and not necessary. And you see how easy this is to do so. You can adjust the volume or the overall mix. Just click the property arrow there and access the fly-out controls. There we go. And we'll bring a little bit of sound back in for the finish line with a big fade.
Alright, let's have a listen. (multiple people talking) (people cheering) I like that. It was just a little loud. So I'm going to lower the overall volume. (people cheering) (mellow music) And things are looking pretty good.
Remember, it's really easy to start to tell the story here as needed. There we go. Just tighten that up a little. (mellow music) Better hit the beat. I think this one needs a transition here. So we'll put the cross-fade.
(mellow music) And the big finish. And we'll just increase that transition there. And I like that. With this sequence there's a lot more that we can do to refine it. Let me just give you a quick glimpse at some of the other skills you're going to learn. One of those is color correction. I'm going to fix a couple of shots. Then you're free to play along and try to adjust the rest of the clips on your own.
Later in this course we'll go a lot deeper into the effects. Alright, let's select this fist shot here. It's down here in the timeline. And I could just take advantage of adjustment layers, like an auto curves layer to fix the contrast or a hue saturation layer to bump up the saturation and roll it just a little bit toward the blue. I can go to the next shot. Move my play head down. And that one looks pretty good. Let's go to this third shot here.
I'll click on it to select it, and just apply a curve, and pull down the middle ever so slightly. The key is just make sure the shot is active. Then any adjustment layers you apply will automatically be applied to that shot making it super easy to fix things. And between auto curves and a little bit of vibrancy and saturation, you can very quickly get the type of shot that you want and quickly fix your footage. As you see, there's a lot that can be done.
Apply curves and auto curves, or even grab the on-image tool here and just click on our shadow and lift to bring the dog out of the shadows. Generally speaking, whenever you boost the exposure, you'll also want to put a slight boost in color. And as you can see, this just makes it super easy to quickly fix the shot. You can go in and start to adjust things for each clip one clip at a time until you get the look and feel that you're going for.
Shot feels a little dark? Grab the on-image tool and just lift in the problem area, and you can start to brighten that area up or pull down in the bright area that's too bright. It becomes darker. As you see, this is a quick and easy way to just color correct your video until it looks correct to you. Now, we'll explore more of these tools a little bit later, but all-in-all, they're really not that hard to use. And by taking advantage of adjustment layers, which you might already be familiar with, you can quickly get your footage looking a lot better.
Alright, we now have a rough cut video that's cut to music. It has a light color correction pass, and this project is done.
- Video formats supported in Photoshop
- Organizing media
- Controlling playback in the Photoshop Timeline
- Organizing assets
- Building a sequence
- Adding transitions and effects
- Working with audio
- Fixing exposure
- Color balancing a shot
- Adjusting contrast
- Adding text and graphics
- Building a slideshow
- Exporting to H.264, QuickTime, and DPX