Do you need to retouch video footage so that it looks its best? There are a wealth of tools that you can take advantage of in Adobe Creative Cloud. What are these tools? Do they benefit your workflow? In this video, instructor Richard Harrington explains why you may want to take advantage of cloning tools found in the Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Inside the suite of Adobe Creative Cloud, there are a ton of tools available that you can choose. Many of these tools might not be obvious at first. That's because they can contain advanced features or normally be designed for working with print material. But there are a lot of things you can do with video, including inside of Photoshop. Let's take a look at three clips, and I'll play out a few problems. Because one of those common things that you might want to fix at first is using cloning, which is sampling pixels from one area and putting them in another.
If you take a look at some of these shots here, you'll notice a few problems. For example, here we have a music video. And while our musician Jason Massey here was performing, a boom mic got into the shot. Now, this was actually staged, but normally an audio engineer wouldn't be quite so violent of getting the mic in the shot there. But I wanted you to see that we can actually take care of this. Next, we have another shot here, and let's just hide our overlay grids here for a second so this is easier to see. We'll just turn those off.
And you'll notice over here on the left, it's a little bit distracting. Let's make that a bit bigger. And we'll turn off our safe margins. And you see that there's an area of the brick that's repeating and bulging out. Well, there's nothing incorrect or factually wrong about this, but it's a bit distracting to have this brick bulge over on the left. And we have one more shot here. And you'll notice as our subject walks in and turns on the light that we get a little bit of a lens flare here across the front of the camera lens.
Now, lens flares may be stylistic and you choose to add them in, but in this case it's a bit distracting and not necessary for it to be there. So, we'll explore how to remove things like that as well. Now, there are really two different places where you can take advantage of cloning. One is in Photoshop, and one is in After Effects. And I'll walk you through some of the options that you'll have in each.
- The retoucher's toolbox: cloning and healing tools
- Stabilizing footage
- Fixing alignment
- Retiming footage
- Removing lens distortion
- Using rotoscoping to enhance footage
- Recovering exposure
- Color grading with Photoshop
- Converting to black and white
- Creating a film look