The Timeline Panel


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


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The Timeline Panel

The next thing I want to show you may press f two pop back at a full screen is the timeline panel ok so this is a little graphic that I made for you guys on the timeline panel there's a lot going on in it so I thought we would just spend a moment talking about the different controls that were going to encounter in the timeline panel the timeline panel used to be called the animation panel previous versions so at the top lift we've got your standard play you know first frame play the previous frame play the video and play the next frame we've got a mute button and some of these are pretty self explanatory ifyou're playing video back and you don't want to sit through the audio then you could just click the mute button and it won't play the cute little scissors what we're going to use to split clips splitting clips is handy if you remember the masks video we showed where the guy sitting at his desk and I faded it into black and had text and then we went back to the video and then we faded...

it into black again and it had some vortex and then we went back into the video that was created through splitting that clip so I started with one clip and I split it into three chunks and that let me stuff text in between those clips so that's very handy transitions I used a bunch of fades and the examples that we looked at a moment ago so transitions is adding them is as easy as dragging and dropping them and you've got five or six different ones to choose from you've got split flake is cross phase which lets you fade one clip into another I was using a lot of fate to blacks, which is how I had the black to start out and it faded into the video and then that's also how I handled my text faith was I use the fade to black transition and that's what made it look like the text was fading in on top of black and fading out so that's a neat thing f it kind of top right of the timeline panel, you're going to find your time ruler that's going to show you frames per second and you can also change it to show you a second instead of frames so that's anything? One of the most important things in the timeline panel is your play head and it looks is like a little red line running through your video and that lets you know where you are within the video ok? Oh other things to know is that as soon as you create a video layer or you open a video file and photoshopped photo shop is going to create what's called a video group and video group is just it's kind of like a layer group like a folder for your clips that you want to play in succession ok so that's what you're seeing right here is a video group if I were to turn that little flippy triangle down to the left of video group it would show all of our animation options so we're going to be animating using something called a key frame which is basically photo shops way of marking a moment in time and you can use that teo move things around okay so for example when I moved the word throttle from their right to the left I brought the text in off the screen and I sent my first key frame there so photoshopped memorized that moment in time in the position of the text then I moved my play head to the end of the of that section of the video and then I moved the text layer okay and then I marked another key frames so I made photo shop memorize another moment in time and the position of that text and then when you play it back it looks like the text is moving from point a to b but funny shop is creating all those frames in between for us automatically we only had to say hey start the tanks at this point in the text of this point move our play head and that's all there is to animating it's you won't believe how easy it is so animation controls are underneath the video group and we'll look at those the little film clip next to your film clip icon next to the video group on the right hand side you can click that to add more video clips to that current video track media group there you can also use the plus sign at the far right video clips show up just like that this little running example right here and you simply click to activate them and in doing so photoshopped activates the layer that that clip lives on. Okay, so if you want to rearrange your clips in your video, you can simply rearrange your layers panel or the stacking order of your layers panel clips that are at the bottom of your layer stack play first in clips that are at the top of your layer stack play last yeah so it's unbelievably easy at the bottom of the timeline panel toward the bottom we've got an audio track new info to shop see six you can actually control your audio because that earlier you can control the volume you can control the the fade ins and fade outs of the audio itself which is a really anything and food shops supports all kinds of different audio formats at the bottom of the panel he can convert your video to an image sequence kind of like a jiff animation the next little button is a shortcut for exporting your video next to that you've also got a time code readout that lets you know the exact time you are you know where you are in your video, so for example, if you needed to have something happen and exactly you know, eighteen seconds in, then you can easily move the play head and watched that time code indicator and you can go exactly to the moment that you need to edit in your video next to that is the frame rate and that just shows you frames per second the current frames per second that's being played uh, zoom in zoom out section is really handy because as you start adding clips, you're going to need to be scrolling in a linear fashion to see all of those in your timeline panel so that zoom in zoom out slider kind of squashes your clips together and reduces the width of your clips so that you can easily see what's happening so you could just drag it to the left to make it smaller, drag it to the right to make the clips larger. So what I usually do is keep them fairly small and then when I need to go in and precisely position my play hit, if I want to insert text at a certain point or a fade or what have you been? I zoom zoom in so everything is a little bit bigger so I can actually see what I'm doing and then zoom back out so that's really handy solbes and that little zoom slider quite a bit and then next to that on the right is just your scroll bar will be using that quite a bit to like I said this panel is gonna get really really long but in a linear are for horizontal fashion instead of you know your layers panel gets vertically long so we're going to be scrolling left to right to work with these videos what is video look like in photo shop in the layers panel just like any other layer so here are four clips stuffed into a video group photo shot made the video group all by itself so turning these things into a smart object is azizi as everything we did yesterday married ways to do that they function just like regular layers it's really quite incredible so you can imagine we can add adjustment layers we can run filters on these things it's just easy and it's so nice that you don't have to learn a whole another program just for video it's really incredible so let's take a look and our first clip and we're going to kind of start out a little with simple projects and then we're gonna build on them so go ahead and closes up pop back at a full screen mode by pressing f and press the tacky to turn my panels all back on you compress tabs hide and show your panel's enable keyboard shortcut free all right so let's go ahead and create a new document all right, so we'll choose file new and in the new dialogue box we want to click the preset poppet menu and we're going to choose film in video photo shop includes tons of presets for frequently used sizes and iowa's devices as well. So as soon as you choose film and video from the preset pop it made me go ahead and click the size poppet many and this is where you tell a foot a shop what size project you want to create how do you know what size project to create? Well if you're creating a video for somebody asked them it really depends on what you intend to play the file back on okay much easier to be certain on this kind of thing before you create your project than in the midway midway through the creation of your project you really don't want to change that just like photoshopped documents if you create a new document, you want to make sure that it's the right size before you spend hours and hours creating artwork ok, so for this one we'll go ahead and let's see we'll just leave it set to that for right now all right? Actually we could go to an eighty p m trying remember what size video clips we all have to work with and a big thank you teo I stock photo for providing this with all of those clips so we get this creates through here and you can see some of the sizes that we have and as you change the size presets, all of the information down here changes his will so that's a good thing some of these uh, options are a little cryptic, but you can see all the different choices we have twelve eighty by seven twenty pesticides and most clips, so we're going to get with that you're probably going to leave all the rest of these settings the same, and they're exactly the same as they are. If you're working with its trailer old image document, you know you've got your pixels, you've got your resolution. You certainly don't want to change that because if we're not printing this video, we can get away with a very low resolution number because our pixels khun b fairly big in comparison with print when we need the pixels to be really, really small color mode, you're going to leave it rgb background color you've got a choice between why uh transparent and whatever your background color chip happens to be in your photo shop document at that time or she can always change all of that color profile pixel aspect ratio this menu this setting is being controlled by whatever you choose appear for video format all right, so let's go ahead and click ok and photoshopped ads guides for you you can't see my guys right now because the last time I was in photo shop I hid guys ok sit candy keyboard shortcut for showing and hiding your guides because sometimes they can get in the way is command or control semi colon so there's our automatic guys oh, of course you're not going to get all that labeling in that graphic that I made for you but now you have an idea that you really want all of your important elements or text or graphics everything to be inside the guides in this middle area it's okay for the video to go outside uh in these other two columns was perfectly fine just be aware that anything that is in this outside area might be clipped off during playback depending upon the device you're playing it on. So just so you know, so now that we've got our video document all set up let's go ahead and imports and video now you would think that you could simply choose file place to import video you certainly can but photoshopped will turn it into an image in ceases to be a video if you use the file place command I'd like to officially call that a bug so what we're going to do instead is we're going to choose layer video layers and depending upon if you want to create something from scratch let's say text that moves around or fades in and out, you could choose a new blank video here, which means you're going to create the video from scratch here and photoshopped, or you can choose new video layer from file so that's, what we're going to do to go ahead and choose that course photoshopped needs to know where the video is, so our video lives in the cleverly named dave three folder, and we're going to start out with the suit man video that we created, ok, so I'm gonna go ahead and open our first clip, which is the clouds? Okay, now, it is very, very important to note at this point that your video is not being embedded into your photo shop document, okay, this is a linked situation, this is going to be the thing that will trip up folks right out of the gate when they first start editing video and photo shop. So if fun shop embedded the video in your document, the document would be so huge that, you know, you'd have to be running photo shop on a craig super computer to be able to do anything because video files are honking big I mean, they're just massive massive files because if you think about it you've got an image every second and if you're creating video at thirty frames per second how big is an image one bag to make three meg so you've got thirty of those images per second video so you can imagine how big and how cumbersome this photoshopped document would be in file size and that's how much processing power it would take up if the video we're actually embedded in the document so it's very very important to never move your original video clips once you've created your psd ok, so for example, if we save this project will go and do that now by choosing file save as okay we'll just go ahead and say this in the suit man folder and we'll call this one suit man knew and click save click ok if I move this cloud video from where it lived on my hard drive when I imported it photoshopped will not be able to find it now it will give you uh dialog box that lets you tell it where you moved it tio but as a rule you really don't want to move those files if you give this file to somebody else for editing you have to include all of the clips as well as the photoshopped document all right yes does photoshopped have a package features similar to in design recon easily package all your negative great question that photo shop does not have any kind of package or collect for output options to bundle up everything you've used but to be honest that that's okay because when we get ready to export our video that's really what exporting it is going to do it's going to bundle it all up but in a single movie file so you can choose from quicktime file formats or you know mp four files and a salute of other files so it doesn't have anything like that so it is important to keep your clips your original clips that you import into photo shop with the photo shop document that you make or else it's just not gonna work okay so do you remember that I put a big old warning in the book and I literally said warning morning will robinson video is not embedded all right ok so here we have a clip your timeline panel is going to automatically open opens at the bottom of the screen but it's it's a painful just like any other pain when you can liberate it you khun skated around you can offload it to another monitor what have you I'm gonna go ahead and expand mine by double clicking it's tab at the very bottom of the screen it's collapsed right now so you can't see it so give the tab itself a double click and then you can position your cursor on the dividing line between the bottom of your document and the timeline panel and when your cursor turns into an up and down arrow, you can click and drag to expand that time line a little bit and as we begin to create more complicated projects together then we will be expanding because that panel is going to grow according to how many text layers we add adjustment layers and video clips and all that kind of good stuff all right, so here's our play head right here ok? You can click and drag the play head around to move to a specific spot in your video ok, they'll notice that I'm getting some little blue dots our science colored dots right here that lets me know that photo shop is skipping frames in order to be able to display the video at the speed at which I'm dragging that play head all right, so when you start getting those little blue lines right there just know that in your playback you're not seeing every single frame. So the video might not seamus smooth as it really is, but that's just because photo shop is having to use a lot of memory, a lot of processing power to show you the emotion you really don't have to worry about those little blue dots I just wanted to tell you what they were like, she curious where those blue dogs ok now, if we want to add more clips and we do ok because we got to get our suit man in here, you could do it in a couple of different ways you can use the layer menu like we just did layer video layers new video layer from file or even simpler you can click the little plus sign to the far right of the video track and if you click that photo shops going to open up a dialogue box that lets you add more clips and that works the same way on the audio track here, underneath the audio track is automatic, so don't worry about deleting it or having to add it or anything like that. Even if you're not going to put audio in your video, it doesn't matter just leave it there, okay? You can also add more video clips by clicking the little uh negative icon here next to the first clip that you added, okay, you can also delete a video track if you want, you can have a slew of video tracks, okay, so we'll go ahead and say add media and well at our next clip, so our next cliff is cleverly named I stock lending men can know what else to call him, so go ahead and click open and watch the timeline panel ok so photo shop immediately added the second video clip directly after the first video clip ok, within a single video track in this right here is your video track where you're seeing these two clips you cannot have empty space so photo shop is going toe but those clips up together automatically all right if you want to create and more complex project and you actually want to change the order and maybe have something else another video start coming in before the other one ends for special effects then you would need to add additional video tracks, but if you're importing clips into the same video track so that they play in succession one right after the other you cannot have any space right there and that's a nice thing because you don't have to worry about you know oh my gosh are there any gaps as you're bringing in the video? You don't have to worry really about placing them cause photo shop just but some up together anyway because it it seems you want to play them one right after the other. All right? So we've gotten our video in here now so we can move our play head around to preview the video if you want a preview the video from the start you khun simply doubleclick the double zeros right here in the time ruler ok, so just give that a double click and watch how that play head's gonna pop over to the left so that's an easy way to go to the start of your video and when you your timeline panel starts getting along horizontally that little trick becomes very important else you're going to spend all day scrolling scrolling these growing so just double click the double zeros in your time ruler to set the play head to the very start all right and if we want to play the video we can click the play button here in the timeline panel or more simply press the space bar ok? So as the video is playing and photo shot let me see if I can zoom in while this is happening down here at the bottom you're seeing the time code okay, so that's handy if you spot a problem in the video then you can take a peek down here and say ok, well at nineteen, nineteen, twenty then I need tio fix some element frames per second is also being shown down here see how it's not quite at thirty frames per second. That means that photo shop is dropping out a few frames just to give us a nice smooth playback which is fine it's not gonna be a problem when the export you can also see appear in the timeline panel you can see the progress of the video is kind like a status far that little blue line right there, okay and of course if you want to stop it at any point you just press the space bar again okay so I can use the scroll bar to go back over here to the left press the space bar to start playing in any time I want to stop you just press the space bar again so that's super easy to remember also down here at the bottom of the time my panel is that zoom slider that we looked at earlier this guy right here this is very important you will use this all the time so I was in back out so as I drag it to the left see how my clips uh are compacted they're kind of squashed together and my time ruler is greatly compacted and I can see wow I I don't even have sixty seconds worth of video you know going on here as you start working on these clips and you want things to happen at certain time cause and you're gonna want to drag that slider to the right and see how that expands the clip you're really zooming into the panel so that you can get teo specific time codes more easily but as you can see when you zoom like that then your clips become very very along so you'll be you'll be in a little bit of scrolling hill but that's why it's good to know about that same slider down there so just alter that when you need tio trimming clips could not be simpler all right, so I'm going to go ahead and mouse over scroll over rather to the end of one of my clips there we go so I'm in a position the timeline so we're between clips and zoom in so you can see my cursor because it's a little baby such a trim footage from the beginning or the end of a clip ok, all you have to do is click to activate the clip you want to work with hey and when you click the clip in the timeline panel photo shop activates the appropriate video layer okay, so it's neat because you could do on your video editing in this timeline panel and photo shop is activating the correct layer as you click the clips in the panel which is really great so I've clipped to activate this clip and I know it's active because it's got that white border around it as I click each clip I see that light border so it's very easy to know which one is active so click to clip click to activate the clip, click the clip and then point your cursor at the clips edge either the beginning of it or the end of it depending upon which one you want to trim the footage off of and see how your cursor turns into a double sided arrow as well as a bracket okay, the brackett tells you which clip you're gonna affect. All right? So if I were to point my cursor over here, see how the bracket is now facing rightward, that means if I click and drag, I'm going to be editing the other clip, which is not what I want. So when the bracket is facing a leftward and that's the clip, I want a trim, then you just click and drag to trim it and that's it. So when I put it back to where it was and I'm going to zoom back out so you can see the handy preview window that photoshopped gives you to show you all the frames in your video as you're clicking and dragging to trim that clip so you can be precise with the point at which you want to start or into that particular clip. Isn't this fun? E you are like, ok, excited girl okay show as I'm clicking to drag that clip, see how I'm getting a preview so I can determine exactly where I want that clip to end. So, for example, as soon as that sun starts coming in, maybe I want my landing man to start falling from the sky at that point and see how, when I released my mouse button photoshopped just scooted that other the next clip directly next to it. So for the shops not going to give you any gaps in between videos on a single video track, which is fine, ok, so if I wanted to trim a little bit off the start of that video it's exact same process, he simply click to activate the clip and then position your cursor point your cursor at the beginning and you get the little double sided arrow again and the bracket that indicates the clip that you were about to effect and you just click and drag ok again, you get a nice preview and when you let go of your mouse but and then photo shop is going to scoot both clips to the far left of that video track automatically that need that's it that's all there is to trimming clips. We're gonna be trimming clips all day long. All right, so now we can double click our play head and we can see what we have in these video clips don't have any audio embedded in them. All of the audio that you heard in the sample projects that we looked at earlier our audio tracks that I added even the sound effect of him crashing into the earth okay, here we go, so our landing man should be coming in pretty scene, there he is. And as you watch your video, you can determine, well, do I need to still don't need to do a little bit more trimming? Or is it? Is it okay the way it isthe? All right, so the next thing we want to do is let's look at adding some transitions. Let me show you how to rearrange the order of the clips first, I'm gonna go ahead and zoom back out of my timeline panel so you can see both clips. There we go so you can see them both there. If I wanted the landing man clip to play before the clouds, then all you have to do is click and drag in your layers panel. So watch my timeline panel is I drag the landing man beneath the cloud, layer my layers panel see how the clips flip flopped in my timeline panel. You can drag him around in the timeline panel, but in my opinion, it's harder, it's really easy just to change later stacking order because that's emotion you're used to making in photo shop so that's really handy that we can do that so that's, how you can flip flop clips and you can keep adding there's many clips as you want, just by clicking that plus sign.

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


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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!