Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using audio for inspiration, part of Artistic Video with Photoshop (2012).
As a designer, one of the constant challenges you'll face when looking at a blank canvass is inspiration. Now for motion graphics, since things are moving, one of the things I like to do is use audio for that inspiration. If your interface doesn't look like this currently, make sure to go to the upper right-hand corner and set Motion as your Workspace or, just to be safe, you could choose Reset Motion with Motion set up just to make sure everything is in its default location.
Now, in order to add audio to our project, we first need to add a video track. So, if you look in the Timeline go to the icon that looks like a little film strip and click on the button and choose Add Media. Now, navigate in your Exercise Files folder to the Assets. And first we'll go to Video Sources and we'll add our Jet Over, QuickTime file. When I click Open, we'll go ahead and open this file. With the video clip loaded, look in the bottom of the Timeline.
Notice we have an audio track. And instead of a video clip icon we have a little note icon and if we click on that, you guessed it, we can add audio. So, let's click on Add Audio and again in our Exercise Files folder under Assets, we can go to the Audio folder and here we have an AudioTrack_OUT.wav file. When we click open, notice the audio has been added into the Timeline. With our audio and video loaded, let's press the play button in the Timeline so we can preview what we have so far.
Now, I noticed there was some stuttering in the audio and I wanted to let you know that, that actually was in the actual clip itself. And if your Photoshop didn't load all the frames into preview, you might want to just toggle the audio off, load all the frames by pressing play and then toggle the audio back on one more time. Once you have a smooth preview loaded, there's one other thing you should check out doing when working with audio inside of Photoshop.
And that's actually creating markers. Now, in order to create markers in the Timeline, you want to enable a specific function called Comments. So, if you go to the flyout button in the upper-right corner of the Timeline, click on that. There is an option for Comments. So, you want to edit a Timeline comment and when we go ahead and do that we can add our first comment. So, let's call this Marker 1. When we click OK notice we can't see anything in the Timeline just yet.
In order to actually see your comments, you need to go to the flyout menu again in order to show options, you need to enable the Comments Track. Now, in here if I double-click on this, notice I can open up my Timeline comment and make an edit. I can also click OK and just click right on the Comment and move it anywhere else in the Timeline. Now, most of the time when I add a comment or a marker I want to notate what's going on in the audio.
So, let's play this clip back one more time by pressing the Play button. And then as the music moves more quickly that's where we'll want to slide our Comment Marker. So, it's right around 4 seconds, so I'll move my playhead to 4 seconds and then move my marker. Notice as I drag, the marker will snap to the playhead right at 4 seconds. To add additional comments, all you have to do is just move your playhead anywhere else in the Timeline and then click the Diamond button here to the left of the stopwatch.
When you click the diamond button you'll get an option to add another comment. I'll call this one Slow Down Marker and click Okay. And again, we can preview this. So, I can go ahead and reposition my playhead and just make sure that this marker is exactly where the music starts to slow down, right at 8 seconds.
So, with our comments in the Timeline and our audio in the project, we're actually set up to begin editing the rest of our project and using this inspiration to create some pretty interesting Motion graphics.
With this course, existing Photoshop enthusiasts can expand their skills to learn a new discipline while staying in the application they already know and love. Video editors will see how to fix footage issues like lens distortion and chromatic aberration and how to create unique effects with Photoshop filters, brushes, and effects.
- Optimizing Photoshop for video
- Browsing and importing video clips
- Understanding video groups
- Trimming and sliding video
- Applying video transitions
- Using video shortcut keys
- Fixing lens distortion and chromatic aberration
- Creating and animating masks
- Rotoscoping with vector masks
- Stylizing video with filters
- Applying specific color correction with 3D LUTs
- Adding and adjusting keyframes in the timeline
- Creating animated brush strokes
- Animating type
- Exporting video files