Get Your Cape On Video Project, Part 1


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Get Your Cape On Video Project, Part 1

So now we're working with the get your cape on video and let's take a peek at the file I created, so it gives you a framework structure to know what we're going to be doing here in a moment. I'm gonna go ahead and reduce my the view of the timeline panel little bits you can see what's going on here, so you men in just a bit, so we've got text, we've got text, text, text, text and then we come down and we've got an illustration, so we're going to bring in a still graphic of vector, but it could just as easily be a photo, and then we've got one video track here, and it looks like we've got a slew of clips on it in the end down here at the bottom, we've got one audio track, and it looks like we've got one audio clip on there. We don't have any special effect sounds in this video, so let's, go ahead and zoom out and let's. Watch this video, go ahead and pop in the full screen mode and turn off my guides temporarily. Way we've got fade in of text and this video was shot in slow motion I did...

my slow it down and photo. I just want to point out how impressive that lead is. She's in heels way get into adding layer styles layer fix just met leaders later on, we're going to actually add a darkened edge of indians this portion of this video there's a chicken weighed out that clip fade into a solid color adjustment layer with text and the vector graphic and then a fade out. So the only different thing we're going to do with this project that we didn't do the one before is we're going to bring in a still image, okay, so I'll press f a couple of times to get out of full screen mode and now let's create another new video document and let's start bringing in these elements again, so we'll go to the foul menu and choose new. I'm gonna leave it set tio hd tv seven twenty p go ahead and click ok photoshopped creates the document I hid my god a moment ago so that we could watch the video and all of its full spring glory, so I press command semi colon or control sydney calling to bring those back, or you can simply go up to the view menu and she's show guides. So now we're ready to start importing our video, so we're going to go up to the layer menu in shoes video layers new video layer from file navigate to where your video lives so we're in the get your cape on project yes, I made that up, so we'll just click the first video here and it happens to be our chicken, so we'll end up moving him around a little bit but let's, go ahead and make photoshopped this time around let's make flood a shot, bring in a bunch of clips for us automatically so we don't have to do him individually so the way that you can do that is in your video track you want to click the little negative film negative icon and you can say, uh, add media scene back outside, you can see and now I can click a single file or shift click to get multiple files and then when I click open for the shops, it's gonna bring them all in to the same video track. There we go, so I'm gonna increase the height of my timeline paying a little bit so we can see what's going on go down in my zoom level a little bit so I can see all of my clips and and if I know over here in the layers panel, if I know I want this gentlemen, with the white shirt to play first, I simply click and drag him down to the bottom of my layer stag. Yes, you could also click and drag to move the clips around in your timeline panel it's up t which one of those methods feels easier? I know I want the chicken to be last I'm going to grab the chicken layer and move it to the top. How often do you get to say that? Grab the chicken layer and move it to the top of your layer stack so now I've got my clips in the order in which I want them to play. Now we can begin trimming them if we would like just like we we have before ballis go ahead and start creating our audio. There are text rather so we'll go back to our finished project just for the sheer, uh, usefulness of being able to copy paste so I don't have to you don't have to sit here and watch me type in format, text somebody, go ahead and click the first text later than I made every here type player rather copy it, come over to the other document and then grabbed the text tool, then I can either click and drag to draw box, or since I happen to know that these little pieces of text or really short unlike our suit man video, where we were making a pretty big blocks of text, I'm just gonna go ahead and click to create point text, meaning that if I continued to type, photo shop would dangle the text off the edge of the video. So go ahead and paste my text so that's in there. Now the reason I'm seeing solid white right now is because my play head is at the end of the clip, ok? So when I added that text layer type player, rather it put it in a shot put it in that video group, and since it's at the top of the layer stack, that means it's at the end of the timeline of that video track that's not where I want it, but I don't care about that, because I know I can simply liberated by clicking and dragging that text layer out of the video group, and now I can put it wherever I want. Okay, so that's going to be the text that appears, um at the top or the beginning of the video, some of doubleclick to bring my play head back to the start position in here, I can see my text on top of that video clip, ok, in this situation, I want the text to appear atop the video so I don't have to go through the act of creating that solid color adjustment layer because I don't want the text appear on black I want the text appear on the video itself so that's why my timeline panel the text begins at the same time the video clip to us ok and if I want that text to remain on the screen for the duration of that video clip just dragged the duration of the text clip ok it's that easy so now let's bring in more text I'm gonna go back to that other finished project k will come in here and now let's ah click to create another text layer I'm gonna go ahead and move my play head to the other clip so I get an idea of where I want that text land hey and I actually don't want this text to come in until she's about right there because if I put the text over that white piece of sidewalk is going to be hard to read because this white ticks so go ahead and click to add another type player paste to add my text and then I can simply mouse away from the text even while my cursor is a blinking eye bean mouse away from the text and then I can move that text in place I'm actually gonna leave it right there where he could still see it making sure to keep the text within that safe guy ok here again, if I want the text to remain on screen for the duration of that video clip, aiken simply drag the duration of that text clip. Ok, so I can keep doing that to add all of my text. So this piece of text we put on top of the chicken clip so let's move our play head to the chicken clip. There we are and I'll click within the document trita type player mouse away from the text position this where I wanted decide how long I wanted on screen. Now let's, go back to the document, get our last piece of text position the play head where you want the text to appear let's say right here, click with the documents creates type player paste or type now let's, go back to the finished project again so then our last piece of text comes in on a solid color layer, so we'll build that in a moment. So now I'm in a position my play head where I want the text to begin and this is going to be a t end of the video. Go ahead and click to add the text, position it and grab our final piece on this particular screen right here I don't have to create two different type players, but if you want the type to come in at different times, so for example, you could be a hero today comes in before the girl then you do need to make sure those air on two different type players but if you wanted you could be a hero today and the girl to come on fade into the clip simultaneously than they could be on the same type player but I had them come in separately, which is why I've got them on two different type players in case you're wondering so I'll go ahead and copy paste thiss last bit of text in all right so now we can start positioning everything being precise how we want our video toe look all right? So now it's come back over to the end or the beginning of our timeline here and I'm going to scroll down a little bit so we can see our video everything's in frame here and now we're going to start trimming things to fit okay however we would like it, we can begin adding transitions and once you do a few projects like this, you're going to get fast and you're going toe develop your own order in which you do things that make sense to you there's no right or wrong way ahs far as if you should add transitions before you start adding text or stills or if you should wait till the end at your audio track there's no hard and fast rules on that's just get it all in there and then massaged the way you want it to be still a school a head start adding some transitions so I double clicked in my time ruler at the top of my time panel timeline panel tio set my play head at the very beginning so now we're going to start adding some transitions so click the transition icon and if we want our video to fade up from black, we're going to grab the fade with black transition and drag it teo the beginning of the first video clip in the mornin create fade with black on the text is well, so I'm gonna go and drag that to this first text clip now this next the ending of the text ok at the end of the text cliff, we close that panel so let's see what we have now I'm gonna go and scrub with my play head so we've got the video and the text fading up from black simultaneously that's fine, that may be what I want if I want the text to come in just a hair after the video, then aiken simply trim off the beginning of the text clip itself, okay? So now scrub back to the beginning with my play head and now when I drag so that could comes in and it isn't until the red line of the play had hicks the beginning of the text clip does the text fade up, but if you want to do that, the fade from black for the text doesn't really work. I came because that makes the text black. See how it's fading from black to grade a white so if you want to do it that way, then we need to change transitions. Someone is zoom into my time when it came a little bit, so I can see that transition icon and as we learned earlier, we can control or right click on that transition icon, and we can change it something else, so we're going to change it to a regular old fayed, which will take black out of the equation altogether. So now we'll be double click that double zero in our timeline ruler to set the play bed, the play head to the beginning and now when we script through, we get our video fading in from black, and we come over here to our test and our text simply fades in ok instead of fading to black are fading up from black, ok, so let's say that's what we want, I'm going to decrease the same level of my timeline panel so I can see more of it again and now we're going to go ahead and keep adding transitions. So now I could put another fade on the end of that text, just a regular old fade saw, click and drag it to the end of the text clip. Now let's, move our play head. Okay, so the texas going to fade out soon as it hits that a portion of the clip. Now, if I wanted to fade out earlier, I can simply click that transition and increase its duration. There we go, though the fate takes longer to occur. And if I want the text to be completely gone before I hit the end of that video clip and we're talking about just this one video clip here, then I could trim that text clip. Ok, so now let's, scrub back. So here we are, scrubbing through our video. The video comes in, our text fades in and at the point at which the red line of the play head hits that transition icon that's, when our texas beginning is going to start to fade out, and how long it takes to fade out is determined by the length that you make that transition. Okay, so I wanted to be a little bit shorter than that still is going and keep scrubbing through startext fades out their river, read it, and now we're coming tio uh our other video clip that we put in here so we can do a cross fade if you'd like so we're gonna go ahead and add that click and drag here we go now let's scrub they're gonna cross fade and now you need to decide where you want the text for this particular clip to come in okay so maybe we want the text to come in just before she starts her jump so position your play head where you want the text to begin because then when you click and drag a clip your clip will snap to that play head so just makes it a little bit easier to move around let's go ahead at our fades here quote the transition I can slap a fade on the beginning and the end of that text clip I keep scrubbing through the video now so here's our text fading in maybe we want to shorten it just a little bit as well the duration of the text clip so there goes the text faded back out now we're come into our third video clips let's go ahead and add a cross fade in between those two so drag it down to the video track now let's scrub through that cross they looks good I didn't design any text for this screen because the visual was just too too hysterical I'm actually gonna shorten this clip a little bit there we go the chicken clips scoots over automatically scrub through let's, add another cross fay between those two clips, keep screaming that looks good. Now we need our our last bit of text where you work for what you do to come in here, like and see where that text is by looking over here in the timeline panel because it the name of that track is set by the text that actually lives on that layer, so I know immediately, okay, or what you do that that's the text that I want, so that must be this clip right here in sure enough that when I click that it highlights over here my layers panel, so I was going to scoot him over, we're going to add our fades. And again, we're not going to fade to black on this text because we want the text to appear on top of the video clip, and we simply wanted to fade in and out atop the clip. Nellis keep scrubbing through there's, our text fading in fading out, our chickens disappearing. We might shorten that clip just a little bit. There we g o, and now we can use our scroll bar at the bottom of the timeline panel in the right hand portion of the timeline panel toe move over, and now we can take our final or almost our final piece of text. Oh I think I did you could be here on the chicken that my okay so we'll make this one a little bit shorter and then we'll skip this one over there we go so let's reposition our play head see what we've got there we go or what you teo you can be a hero okay so let's make our text clip move over just a bit jealous at our fades paid one fayed the beginning fay the end there we go so now we're ready to create our ending screen so let's pause for just a second see if there's any questions on what we've done this far and then we'll go ahead and create that final screen which is our text and you are ill atop a black background with our vector graphic in between right so um a question from torre ity is can you weigh name your layers and video samos stills to better organize your workflow absolutely yes you can remain any of this stuff because they're just from shop players is all they are okay so for example if I was going to be a practice good layer panel habits I could double click to rename the chicken layer chicken and I could name all of these layers um flying man not flying ma flying man okay, seriously flying man on and on this one this one is jumping girl and this is a standing man so you can absolutely practice good layer naming habits in your video files just outside of what was showing a pipe a tie string a bunch of photos and then make it into a video can do that like a whole bunch of photos and doing defeated and played out absolutely you can bring still images in and apply transitions to them but there's ah quicker way to do that that we're going to look at a little bit later on in the class if you notice when I click the little to bring out the contextual many on the right hand portion of a video clip I was not going to show me that ok I can show it to you when we bring in our vector graphic because it's a still but what happens when you bring in a still is that this menu right here changes tio several check boxes called pan and zoom pans and basically the qin burns if it where you can make a photo zoom in and out very slowly maybe go from corner to corner the angle and you can create quite a complex and beautiful slide show using stills you don't have to use transitions you can use this little poppet menu that will see soon as we bring in our vector graphic here just a minute so great question uh next question I had won a second ago so from that ingenuity I know you said that you did not do this slow motion in photo shop but can you you can slow down a clip yes and that cecil many that we've got up right here so just click the little right facing triangle of far right of your video clip and you can adjust this speed right here I believe you can go all the way up to four hundred percent want to give it a shot now as you increase the speed of the clip out of shops going to shorten it makes sense right that's logical because if you make it play faster it takes up less time in your timeline okay so what's all this email and let's watch our chicken at four hundred percent see what happens so I wanna press the space far so there goes our deed way spending up quite a bit so you can but these particular videos and I'm working with here were all shot in slow motion from my stock photos I downloaded them that way can we go ahead and bring in are still in there so we can look at that other menu before we forget that question ok so I'm gonna go in position my play head where I want my still to appear and if I wanted teo I could click my top most layer knowing that uh when I'm a boy about to use the file place command that the new content is going to appear above the currently active layer so I could click this type player at the top in that way my my artwork would appear at the top of my layers panel already so we can go and do that choose file place and now we're going to navigate to where our illustration lives you could also drag and drop stills in you can have photoshopped bring them in as part of a new video group okay, so we're just going to use the file place command because the file I'm bringing in this particular situation is a vector and I wanted to stay avec actor so the file place command is going to bring in isa smart object to go ahead and navigate toward the final lives and click place you get that dialogue boxes click ok that may take a second or tio bringing in we're going to get this same a little right facing triangle but it's going to give us the it's going to give us different options going to give us a motion option mckay of panning and zooming and all kinds of things like that there she can I was getting worried just a little bit okay so let's make it bigger and it's ok to make this bear because the vector so I'm gonna go ahead and drag diagonally one of the bottom right re sizing handle that I want I want the whole thing to resize from the center out I don't wanna have to drag each handle to get it just like I want it. So I'm gonna press and hold the shift key, which is going to keep my artwork proportional in its size. In other words, it's not going to get stressed and squash or sloppy job. I'm gonna hold down the shift key, but I'm also going to add another modifier key and that's the option king on a mac or altana pc and that's going to resize it from the inside out. Okay, so as I click and drag, here we go, let's call that good and that's ah that's an illustration that I downloaded from I stopped, but it was well, I couldn't believe it when I found it it's like, well, that's just too perfect. So go ahead and press return or enter to let footage shot know that you're finished re sizing so there's our vector art in her video and let's take a look at theme menu you get I'm gonna go ahead, scooted over there we go and I believe, well, maybe we don't get that many offices smart object that may be why we're not getting that means you've been anyway. When we bring in j pigs in a little bit, we'll get that extra menu. That you can use to pansy but we're going to go over all of that later on this afternoon okay? Someone is in back out of my panel just a little bit so I can see more of it to keep track of where I am in the project and this script back just a little bit okay, so we've got our chicken let's go ahead and slowed down our chicken clip again here we go sit him back teoh one hundred ok when we did speed him up for the shop shortens the clip so you may have to drag it back out again if you do that yourself further stops not gonna lincoln it if you change the speed so well dragon bag there we'll let that clip into about right there squash our timeline panel down a little bit so we can see more elements or what you d'oh you could be a hero. We'll extend the duration of that particular clip just a bit and there we g o and now here is where we want our victor graphic to appear and I can see that in the time line pain also just have to scoot over a little bit so I'm going to click and to activate all three of these clips at the same time so I want to move them together so many click the first one shift click the bottom one and that activates the one in between just like activity multiple files on your desk top on your hard drive and your operating system, it works the same way. So now we're going to click and drag those guys over to just about there when I play head over a little bit. So I want those to come in right when chicken clip ends. Ok, so now we need to do is at our solid color adjustment layer so that all of this appears on black. The text is there, but the texas white that's why you can't see it so let's, go ahead and add your solid color adjustment. Look the half black, half white circle, the bottom of the layers panel chief, solid color picked black from the resulting color picker and click ok, and how we can reposition it so that the text and the vector graphic appear on top of this. So we just come over char layers panel and drag it down underneath that there, rio. Now, I'd like to center these within my safe zone here. How do you do that exactly? Like you would in any other photoshopped document? Okay, so I'm gonna click to activate all the layers that I want to center, which is just three of them, ok want to center the the victor graphic I want to center the u r l and I want to center the headline here so I'm going to shift click toe activate all three of those layers grab the move tool from the tools panel and when you have those two things going on the move to active and more than one layer active in your layers panel you will see a set of alignment tools appear in the options bar so we're just going to click the line horizontal centers in that snaps into place ok, now the last thing I need to do is tio set fades on this particular text however I want those to come in and when I want this graphic to come in so we're going to do that in exactly the same way that we have been doing it so I'm gonna scrub back a little bit so there's our chicken and all of this comes in at the same time and with the you are able to come in last, somebody click to activate that in the layers panel and change the start point of that particular clip or text layer and now we're just going to add our fades someone had at a regular fade here and a fade here and we're going to do the same thing on the trail and the other piece of text and now let's scrap back a little bit and see what we've got so we've got the chicken okay? The chicken isn't fading out houston chicken is not fading out houston the chicken is not beating out I know that the tweets that yeah so let's add our fade to black onto the end of the chicken clip all right, so now let's, scrub back a little bit and see what we've got so the chicken fades to black uh the text and the graphic comes in at the same time get your cape on the earl fades in, stays on the screen for a little while and then all three of those pieces fade out at the same time. Now I could increase the duration of my solid color adjustment layer a little bit that way it gives the text time to completely fade out. All right, so it's all about timing and and I hope you can see with just a little bit of trial on air that even I'm going through with these files and and I've played with these files a whole bunch still there's trial and air in getting the timing just right of all the elements but it's just so easy to change its scoop these things around changed stacking order to change the clip or change the duration of the clips in the clips include duration of the text, duration of the solid color adjustment layer, duration of the video duration of the audio it's just so simple to change duration of the transitions so you'll do a lot of, you know, scrubbing through to get the timing just right he create the mood in the field and that the the emotion that you want to be provoking from this video now the last thing we need to do here is we need to add in our audio ok, so since we want it to come in at the start of our project let's, go ahead and scroll to return to the beginning of our timeline doubleclick to place our play head and now it's at our audio track so let's scroll down to the bottom of our timelines so you can see the automatic audio track that photo shop already gave you even though we haven't touched any audio into it yet, we can go ahead and click the bowling music note icon or we can click the plus sign at the end of the track and the navigates or where your audio lives. So I'm going to bring in the hair a theme and it comes in now it's cruel to the right to see its length. Okay, so if we want that audio track, if we want our movie to be the length of the audio track, then we have some trimming to do to our videos that's why was telling me earlier if you know that you want your project to be the length of a certain audio track, they can sometimes be helpful to bring that audio track in early in the project, I'm gonna sneeze in him it that way, you don't have to go back and keep tweaking things like we would on this one, okay, so if I brought that audio track in earlier, then I could definitely see that I had more trimming to do with my clips. Okay? All right. And actually, we were talking earlier about a book for technical resource is, I think, yeah, you that you want to go beyond what we're going to cover here, and this really it's just kind of get you excited about what you can do with video and photo shop. I haven't I think these projects are pretty professional level that definitely be promotional videos for companies or products, but you're going to want to go beyond this, especially if you want to get deep into the technical aspects like that question we just had on interpellation in, uh, video for math and sizes and encoding algorithms and methods, and so on. My buddy richard harrington wrote a book called footage shot for video I'm not sure if he's updated it for cs six, but, uh he wrote it for cs five and it's got a lot of that technical kinds of things in it. So if you want to go on to amazon and do a search for richard harrington or photo, shopped for video, that would be a good one to pick up.

Class Description

Lesa Snider returns to CreativeLive for an intensive Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tutorial. Whether you've already upgraded or are still deciding, Lesa shows you practical yet non-destructive editing techniques you can use every day. This 3-day course is a perfect companion to Lesa's previous Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 tutorial on CreativeLive.

Lesa dives further in-depth into advanced filters such as Puppet Warp, Liquify, and Lighting Effects, which all take advantage of the new processing power of Adobe® Photoshop® CS6. Lesa also spends a full day covering Adobe® Photoshop® CS6's brand new video features.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6


Alvin Lim

Lesa's methodical way of coaching is done with ease and clarity. Together with John Greengo and Sue Bryce, she is one of my favourite mentors in CL. I purchased her CS5 and even before finishing it got the CS6 intensive class. Now Photoshop is no monster to fear but a powerful monster to create impact-fully beautiful photos. Good for both beginners and advance users!