Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Safe zone guides, part of Photoshop CS5 for Video Editors.
So, you can have safe action and safe title zones onscreen automatically by using a template. There we go. Okay, that's my safe zones. But what if I import an existing piece of video? Well, if I just double-click here, I've got a shot of a station, let's just have a look at that. This is another example of a 1920 by 1080 piece of media, and one way that I could build out my safe action zones is manually. I can go to the View menu, I can choose New Guide, type in a percentage and you'll notice that this has got zero px written, and if you put px after a number Photoshop will just know that that means pixels.
If I type in for example 5% and enter. There's one and let's have another new guide, 10%. And then maybe I can make a new one that's horizontal, make that 5%. And oh that didn't quite work. Let's get rid of that one. Let's just select it with the Selection tool and drag that off the screen. Then I'll go new guide again. Think I didn't put the percentage in last time. There we go that's better, and so on and so on. Let's go for 10%. And I can build the ones on the other side and that will give me my safe action zones.
Now there's a feature built into Photoshop, that will allow you to auto generate a layer that actually has a graphic that looks like the safe action zone,. So I'm just going to go to the View menu and clear the guides which will remove those lines. Those lines are not visible in output, their just useful, but here's another way of doing it. If I go to the Window menu and choose Actions this is going to display a list of pre-built steps that can be taken automatically by the machine, and there's loads of them. There's a few here in the default actions folder.
But if I click on the panel menu for this panel, I've got a whole bunch of additional ones. I can generate textures, I can do different black and white image effects and so on. What I'm interested in is this one here, video actions, and there are some really useful things here. I can just expand this out a little bit so you can see more clearly. I can do broadcast safe luminance and color saturation and general broadcast safe. But what I'm really looking for is this one, title safe overlay. Now if I hit go, which is this Play button at the bottom, I get a warning message.
This action should be run on a document that is sized for the video screen. Use the title safe overlay for preview purposes. Be sure to disable layer visibility before saving a final image. And there's a good reason for that last warning. I click Continue, a whole bunch of steps are going to be taken. And what's happening here is Photoshop is automatically making a selection of the complete image. it's then transforming that selection and reducing it by 10% down to 90%, and then making a stroke line around it. And then repeating that process. Let me just get rid of that. And this time we can 80% to generate that inner line here.
And you look very very closely. If I Zoom in a bit you can see its even added the words title and action. Just in case you weren't sure which is which. Let's just Zoom out again by double clicking on the Hand tool, the Grab tool. Now, what I've got in my Layers panel is now a separate layer that contains these lines, unlike the guides. These will appear in your image. I can drag them right the way through my video, and they'll appear for me, which is great. But I do need to make sure, before outputting this as a still or as a piece of video.
I absolutely have to remove the eyeball from that layer. I've got to stop the layer being visible. Cuz otherwise, those safe action and title zones are going to appear with my media. And while we're on the subject of guides, I'd just like to show you Smart Guides, which is a brilliant feature for automating the layout of items on the screen. If I go to my Text tool here, and I'll just type in maybe, the, that's nice and easy. To find them, just click on the Tick here to confirm. And then if I click again somewhere down here and choose.
Maybe I'll just type in station and there we go. I've got two words on screen now. And these are generating layers in my Layers panel. If I go to my General Selection tool here I can click on these Choose a different layer and move it around. And these are separate layers. But look what happens, as I drag these close together. I get little highlights, that are telling me things about the position of my media. If I move this item over, maybe I'll just select the station layer and move it over here, out of the way go back to my v layer.
And as I drag through my content is snapping to the center of the screen, and my layers, if I Ctrl click, or Cmd click on a Mac, I can jump to a different layer. This caught me out an enormous amount when I first started using Photoshop. I wanted to click on the thing and move it, but you need to hold down the Ctrl key or the Cmd key to click to select a different layer inside the viewing window here. If I Ctrl click or Cmd click on this word here, I've selected it and I get the highlights.
Now, these options for, if I just move this down here you can see it's matching up the base line of these two bits of text. Those lines are only visible because if I click on the View menu here, under Show I've got smart guides turned on. If I turn off Smart Guides, I don't get it. It'll still snap a little bit. There's a bit of jumping into position, but I don't get the same, visible indication of what's going on. Equally, if I turn of Extras under the View menu, this is Extras here I don't get an indication of my Transform Controls.
Now, this is a little bit confusing, because I've got my selection tool here. And that tool, the Move tool, allows me to both move things around and transform them, to re-size them. But I can only re-size, if under the View menu, the Extras option is turned on. And you'll notice that it's so common for you to toggle this off and on. There's a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+H on a PC, Cmd+H on a mac. Now that I have the Extras visible I can Click and Drag and re-size. There you go.
Great. Now this is a Transform Control it's not changing the font sizes. It's changing the display of the image, but because text is always a vector in Photoshop, it's always going to stay nice and sharp. If I turn off show Transform Controls, remember if I have this tool selected, I have options that relate to it along the top of this panel. I can turn off Show Transform Controls, and it has the same effect. In fact, show Extras is a whole list of different things that may or may not be visible. And this is just one example. But it's kind of a two step process to make sure that you see those controls in order to be able to do live transforms.
You've gotta tick the box here for your Move tool, and you've got to have the Extras available onscreen. So this is just to note there about a cool feature that allows you to create safe cation and safe title zones automatically using actions, and I encourage you to have a look over the actions. There's quite a lot available. You can generate textures, you can do an awful lot, and these are all pre-built steps. You can even see what they're doing. If you expand you can it's going to display a message, it's going to create a layer. Just going to set a foreground color, create a selection that's everything, transform that selection.
And it walks you through the process, which is a great way of learning how to achieve things in Photoshop as well.
- Color modes, pixel shapes, and interlacing
- Working with prebuilt templates
- Understanding layers
- Using Smart Objects
- The alpha channel
- Working with video in Photoshop
- Using Photoshop documents in video editing applications
- Working with adjustment layers, text, and layer styles
- Color grading controls in Photoshop
- Using Vanishing Point and Photomerge