In this video, learn how to apply effects to your entire movie using Adjustment Layers.
- [Instructor] Adjustment layers are relatively new feature in premiere elements. Using an adjustment layer, you can apply an effect to several video clips or to an entire scene or to your entire movie at once. And any adjustments or customization you make to the effects that have been applied to this adjustment layer will apply to the entire sequence. To add an adjustment layer, you simply go over here to the effects panel on the tool bar, select an effect, and I like to use the old film effect 'cause it's easy to see. So we can type in film here and rather than dragging the effect onto a clip on the timeline, I'm going to drag it over to the monitor panel. And when I let go, it will ask me, do I want to apply this effect to my entire movie? If I click, yes, you can see what it did here, I'm just going to move the timeline or stretch the timeline up a little. Is that it added a layer, let's close the effects panel. It added a layer over my entire movie and this adjustment layer any effects I applied to this adjustment layer will apply as you can see to every single clip on the movie. So, bring that down, I'm just going to scroll up the timeline here so I can make adjustments to my adjustments layer. So you can see we've applied the old film effect to my entire movie here by applying it to this adjustment layer. Just as if the effect were applied to one of the individual clips, I can select the adjustment layer, I can go over here to applied effects by clicking on the FX adjustment panel and I can make adjustments to it. And again, these adjustments will affect every clip that the adjustment layer is over. And in fact, if I were to say, slice the adjustment layer say right here, select it, click on the scissors icon to slice it, and throw away the latter half of it. You notice that my effects stop right where the adjustment layer stops. So I could apply this adjustment layer of effects to a given sequence in my movie or to my entire movie. Now you can apply not only affects to an adjustment layer, let's go ahead and select it, I'm going to remove the effect. I open up applied effects and clicking on the trash can. But now that I have my adjustment layer, I can select it and go over here and make adjustments to it. Say, color adjustment, same thing is going to happen. Any color adjustments I make will be applied to every single video clip that is underneath that adjustment layer track. Let's reset that. Likewise I could even go over here to the effects panel and let's remove that search for old film and we'll go down and select our Hollywood looks. We can apply a Hollywood look to the adjustment layer and that Hollywood look would be applied then to every single clip that was underneath that adjustment layer. I can remove effects or adjustments to that layer, or if I want to or if I don't like any of the effects I've applied, I can delete that entire adjustment layer and remove all of the effects from my entire movie. So there are actually a couple of advantages to using your adjustment layers. Now, the main advantage to your adjustment layer of courses that allows you to apply exactly the same effects and adjustments to an entire sequence or to your entire movie at once. But because these effects are not actually applying to the individual clips, you can make adjustments to the adjustment layer effect all the clips or remove the adjustment layer completely and reset your movie to no effect. Adjustment layers are a great tool for applying effects to a large number of clips or an entire sequence at once.
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