Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing a layered Photoshop file, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Dynamic Link and the Adobe Workflow (2013).
In the previous lesson I created a new Photoshop file, sized to match my sequence settings and then added some source material to it. This is a great way to develop raw files or to accurately size an image and crop it exactly the way you want to use it in the video timeline. However, sometimes that work is already done for you, or maybe you have a layered Photoshop file that you'd like to bring in. Let's select the project panel here. I'll choose import, and I'll grab this PSD file and choose open. You'll notice a new dialogue is presented to me and I've got a choice.
I could choose to merge all of the layers together, that could be useful if you had something like a lower, third document that had several layers in it. You could choose to merge just specific layers by checking them and unchecking the ones you don't want, bring in individual layers only choosing the ones you want to use, or bring in an entire sequence, and this will load all the layers in, to a new sequence file. I'll click OK and it's added to my timeline. You'll see a new bin is created.
Inside or all the individual layers as well as a sequence that assembles them. Any blending mode or opacity adjustments that you apply will automatically be there at that makes it easy to work with. Now in this case, I'm not going to use this sequence, but I'm going to select everything else and let's just switch sequences here for a second, and add those to the time line. There we go. Everything looks good and I'm just going to adjust those to better match the beats of music.
(MUSIC). We go. (MUSIC). And that's a easy way I could do Drag and Drop. (MUSIC). Or, if I want to lock the other layers, Shift click to lock them all and then unlock the one I don't want to edit. I'll do the same thing down here. I can now use the extract command.
Make sure the track is targeted and I can extract. (MUSIC) Using simple in and out point to clean that up. Now, the exact editing (MUSIC) is up to you, you don't have to be super-precise here, I just want you to see how easy it is to make a change. (MUSIC) And all of these have an actual live relationship to the Photoshop file.
(MUSIC). There we go. (MUSIC). And let's just trim that end up, that looks good. and all those files are in place. If I wanted to process this it would be super easy let's just use the basic 3D effect. Drop that on, and we'll adjust the distance to the image, and apply a simple swivel, going from negative 20, to positive 20.
There we go. Let's adjust the position slightly. Click on the Motion button, and we can move that into place. Looks good. (MUSIC). I like that. And, we'll just apply a default transition here. We'll select all those clips, sequence, apply, default transition to selection. And we can now copy and paste that attribute of that spinning box.
Grab it right-click, copy select all these shots, paste the attributes, remember with creative cloud you will see all of the attributes. But with CS6 it will still work you just don't have as much individual control, let's watch that from the beginning. (MUSIC). And I have a simple parade of picture and picture effects with all of my layered Photoshop files handed off seamlessly with Premiere Pro.
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- What is Adobe Dynamic Link?
- Creating and importing After Effects compositions
- Using Render and Replace
- Editing clips and sequences in Audition
- Creating and importing Photoshop files
- Editing Premiere Pro footage in Photoshop
- Sending clips and metadata from Prelude to Premiere Pro
- Working with slow motion
- Creating merged clips and subclips