Stacking Elements in a Video


Adobe® Photoshop®: Video Editing & Animation


Lesson Info

Stacking Elements in a Video

Now we're going to create another new video document so command and control in on a pc and we're going to leave it set to the film and video presets hd hd tv for a twelve eighty by seven twenty size document and click ok first shot gives us our guys if you want to turn those off, just choose view show guides and now let's come down to our timeline panel it should open automatically, but if it doesn't, you can find it in the window timeline menu and then from the flippy triangle in the timeline pain all you want to make sure that it's set to create video timeline and then go ahead and give that button to click now we can start bringing in our media again so we're going to click this little film strip icon and choose to add media and then you navigate to the folder where you've wisely ordered and and gathered up all of your content. So we're going to work on this next file here for the possible nature photographers portfolio and what we can do. I'm not going to bring in all of these item...

s because it would take too long, but I do want you to have all these in your exercise files so you can play along at home but we're just going to bring in a few of these guys right here and I want to skip down and bring in a couple of the static product shots because I want to show you how to do that picture within a picture type of effect so we're just going to bring in a few items on this one click ok? You'll notice that some of those files I clicked on were full on p stds not something okay so now we're going to come back to the beginning of our video and we're kind of going to do the same things we did earlier if ah if I want the video to fade in from black or fade out to black and I could add my solid color phil layers but for this particular one I'm going to go ahead and have it start on the first video clip here so I'm going to delete that background layer what used to be the background layer because I don't need it so now with my play head position at the beginning of the video track I can scrub through really quickly and see if I have anything that needs to be resized everything looks pretty good I'm not worried about these guys being smaller because I'm going to use them for the picture within a picture effect so I'm gonna lay them on top of another still image so let's say for this one I don't have anything that needs to be repositioned or resized at the moment so let's go ahead and start at the beginning now what I do want to have happen is I want this logo to appear on top of that cliff and then we're going to add some text let me go ahead and cement seal can see a little bit better there we go so how do we get that particular item into its own video tracks so that it appears on top of another video track? Well, when we use that little icon the filmstrip icon and we chose ad media photoshopped automatically shoved all of those assets into a folder a layer group which is just a folder for your layers to get it to appear on its own video track. All we have to do is a liberated from that way or group, so click it and drag it to the top of the layers panel when you see that dividing line appear just under those layer locks, then release your mouse button and see how now it's not part of the group and photoshopped added a video track in our timeline for us. So now we simply use the move tool to position that logo wherever you want resize it if you if you need tio in this situation you know, I didn't really know what size I wanted it to be until I got it on top of the thing that I wanted to put it on, so now we can add a spot of branding so let's, go ahead and click t to activate our type tool it's clique within our document you can click and try to draw a text box if you want that way when you you don't have to press return to get photoshopped to do a line break it'll automatically d line breaks for you when it hits the edge of the text boxes like a word processor so what we can do is just create a little box for text down here and immediately because the currently active layer was outside of that layer group than the new layer that the types will created also ends up outside the layer group, which also means that it ends up on its own video track, which is what you need right to stack up all these elements so we'll just do another little spot a brownie branding here will say oh visions uh maui all caps seriously, here we go and all this change this font real quick my currently favorite open type font script is audio script pro absolutely love this fun. I just adore it's so pretty and I'll open up my character panel and make sure we don't have any foe styles going on here and I can see from my cheat sheet that I made it a one hundred thirteen point and then I made malli in married probe old already there at one hundred ninety four points and I added ten for the tracking which just spaces letters out a little bit now I need tio make my text box a little bit larger so I can actually see all of my type my type is also positioned on top of each other because the spacing between the lines has been messed with so I'm gonna go ahead and come over here and change that setting in the character panel which is called letting letting controls the space between lines so aiken has clicked the soul down pointing triangle and choose auto and then make my text box little bit larger where you can see it there we go and give it a ride alignment tweet the leading a little bit more of the keyboard shortcut and call it done by my move tool to scoot that around we talked about this trick yesterday in class but for those of you who may have missed that anytime you're laying text on top of an image if you want to create a safe spot for it where it looks like where it's a little bit more ledge a ble you can do that by creating a phil layer case so I'm going to grab the rectangular marquis tool and draw a selection and then I'm going to go down to the half black half white circle the bottom of the layers panel choose solid color black is what I wanted click ok dragged that layer beneath my text layers of my text appears on top of it and then we're just going to lower the opacity of that film layer see how it may just a little safe spot for the text I used that trick all the time production people remember that it's really handy because then you can double click that little player thumbnail and experiment with other colors and once you do that and you have that color picker open, if you mouse away from it, then you can pick up colors from your image to see how I can change that tent to anything I want whatever works well for that particular piece could pick up a blue my shirt so all kinds of possibilities there but that's why I go with a phil layer sort of just a regular image layer that you then feel with color for your steps and a bit more efficient here so already let's back up our play head and see what we've got. So right now we've got things appearing and disappearing how do we make them stay on the screen longer you dragged their clips, you extends their clips in the timeline panel so first when I'm going to do is make sure that my color phil and my visions of malley text are all flush left against the beginning of that timeline panel that way they start immediately when my video opens and I can add fades onto these if I want tio etcetera, etcetera so let's take a look at that now they all stay on screen very good so let's say we want to extend those items to about right here in our video once you position your play ahead where you want the thing, tio either begin or end, then it's really easy just to drag those clips, extend them to the play had because they snap then let's say that we want the this video clip right here to end at a about where that play head is, then we would just trim it like we did earlier so we would point our cursor at the end of the clip and then we would drag it to the left. So now if we scrubbed through article video we've got here, then we dio to that first image. So now let's, add a little bit of motion to our stills, just like we did earlier. We need to get at this little corner trying what we can't see it. Why can't we see it? Because our zoom level of our timeline panel is such that it just disappear, so we have to increase that zoom magnification and now we can begin to see those controllers, so I've got my play had positioned on the image that I want to effect click to activate that image and then click that little triangle and then from the resulting motion panel we're going to choose pan zoom then we can click our play head see what that looks like come over here to our other image do the same thing panizzi and baby sound like the secret to life how do you get through life just pain and shame ok, so we've got now we're down to our graphics that we want to appear as incidents how do we make that happen? Well to appear on top of another thing we've got a stack them in that timeline panel so we've already got a couple of other video tracks going on here that we could use hey, I would put this on the same track that has the logo just because it just kind of makes sense they're related you know different pieces of art appearing on top of the other elements so what we can do is click to activate one of these guys let's say we want to add this pillow which was made with instagram photos from a company called ditched a gram or stitched a graham was another thing we went over in that holiday photo gifts class really incredible so down the fact clip is active then we can click and drag into that other timeline in position that wherever we want it to appear so let's say we want it to appear right here so now if we reposition our play head, we've got a picture on top of the picture well, to make this one smaller, all we have to do is click to activate it someone free transformed by pressing commander control t and then shift drag any of your corner handles inward, and then you can release the shift key, and then you can reposition that element wherever you wanted on top of your image and then press return when you're finished. Now, if you're doing this, I would definitely add a layer style to it. Finish off the edge of your inset with a stroke, which is a fancy shmancy way of saying outline, and how do we add an allen and photoshopped with layer styles? So with the correct layer active, which is this pillow layer was trot down to the bottom of the layers panel and choose click the effects button, and then we're going to choose stroke by default photo shop is going to put a thin black outline on top of your image, but that's a little harsh in my opinion, so what I want to do is snatch up a color from the image itself two uses that outline color, how do you do that? We looked at that just a minute ago with that phil layer so let's click the color swatch in the layer style dialogue the color picker opens mouse away from it and your cursor automatically turns into an eyedropper so from this point you can start clicking around on the image itself and if you pick up a color that lives in the image it's going to be much more subtle it's going to look much more purposeful it's not going to look clip party it's going to look professional and beautiful if you pick up a color that already lives within that imagery somewhere either within the inset itself or the background images what I tend to usually go for click ok and then you can use the size slider right here to change the width of it if you'd like if you want rounded corners like we're seeing right here than you would leave the position many toe outside but if you want straight corners than you would change the position to inside and if you want something in between you change the position to center so I normally leave it set toe outside but I do keep the whip really small somewhere around the oh three pixel range but that's a personal thing for you so you pick that if you wanted to be a little letting a less noticeable than you can drop the opacity of just the stroke itself so as you can see it's becoming even more more more subtle but when we click ok I can see the museum in a little bit here see how subtle that iss and itjust finishes off the edge of your inset so that would definitely be a detail that I would do now we've got a couple of other graphics or at least one that we've brought in that we want to give the same treatment to do we have to go through all of that again? Not quite. What we can do is go ahead and collect, activate the other graphic that we want to create the same kind of effect on and let's go ahead and drag it up into that other video track, and then we can click and drag and position it where we want it to appear and then move our play head and that clip is already active so let's resize it with free transform so commander control t shift drag inward to make it smaller and then click within that box to reposition it let's say right there, that's good. At this point, we can copy our layer style that we added, which israel handy to do so you can see the layer style right here in the layers camel so all we're going to do is option on a mac or ault on a pc dragged that layer style up to the other layer, and that way we get the exact same stroke or outline as we put on our first little incident that we made plus a folks don't realize that you can despite dragging option dragging your altar dragging on a pc to duplicate layer styles as well as layer masks so that's just another couple little tips for you right there real real handy stuff and so now it's scrubbed through our video and see what we've got looking good looking good so all kinds of ideas to showcase whatever it is that you're making whether you're a fine artists or photographer graphic designer or you actually physically make some kind of a product you can sure accentuated here in photo shop now what we could do is begin adding our transitions on all of these things so if we come back over here to the beginning of our video let's say we want the waterfall shot to come on first and we want to fade in our branding or the title of the piece that we're making here visions of malley we can go ahead and click the transition icon and because we've got that waterfall video going on at the very bottom of our timeline we don't have to use a fade with a color transition weaken just drop simple fades on all these things I wish the program would let you like activate all the clips that you wanted to add a transition teo and let you then at a transition but alas it is not to be okay so now when we began we get a nice fade up and then a fade out and we began to get our other elements here. So then we can add our, uh, cross fade down here. I'm going to go ahead and shorten these guys a little bit because I want the branding to disappear completely before we fade the waterfall into the first image in our nature portfolio here. So now the waterfall is going to still be on screen after the imagery fades out. So then we've got plenty of room to add. Our cross fades to the rest of these guys down here else go ahead and drag and drop in as you start adding transitions, you can see that things are moving a little bit the time on a panel, so you may have to go back in and reposition those insect graphics so I would position my play head when the cross fade resolves itself so right here and then then I would move that in set over and again, you just use the length of the clip to control how long that inset stays on the screen. Ok, so let's, say that's where we want it to be and then we can fade it in faded out and now let's scrub through, so we've got the cross fade it's completely resolved before the inset starts coming in the insect fades away and then we start in on another cross fade, so what I would probably do here is I would increase the length of this clip just to give us a little bit more time for that inset to completely fade in and completely fade out before we begin the cross fade to the other image so what's go ahead and extend that other one a little ways there we go you can't extend motion clips beyond their duration, but we're working with stills here so we can make him stay on screen as long as we want. So now we have our cross fade and I want the cross fade to completely resolve before my insect comes in so I'm in a position my play head, then I'm going to go grab that clip and trim it. Positioning your play head before you start trimming or extending your clips is very helpful because of the snapping situation allows you to be a lot more precise with this kind of thing, so now let's, go ahead and add our fade to our inset and on the end of it to fade it back out. Now it's scrubbed through see what we have here comes our inset are insect completely goes away before we start in on another clip so you can kind of see from the positioning here that my insects will always be that they will stay on screen shorter than the clip that they're appearing on top of that just looks a little bit better it's a little disconcerting for people if you were to watch it and everything was going in and out at the same time but you need it you need a second or so are you know point three seconds for things to resolve on the screen otherwise it's goingto make your viewer feel little score me they might not know why there feel a little bit score me, but you want things to fully resolved before you change into something else unless you're just making a special effective looking thing or again halloween all rules are off on halloween, right? Okay, now let's take a look at doing something we've not done thus far and that is running a filter on one of our images here you could run a filter on a video clip where you can run a filter on a still so we're talking about running a filter on stills first and then we'll move on to running filters on videos so we're going to click to activate the still that we want to run the filter on and let's say for this one that I want a little bit more of ah shall adapt the field effect how would we accomplish that in photo shot? Well, if you've got cia six or higher the blur filters have really improved tremendously, and so that's what we're going to do so with that clip active, we're going to trot up to the filter menu just like we normally would amarillo choose blur, and for this one, we're going to choose iris blur opens raita just like you would expect with this wild little controller here. So for this particular filter, and we're not gonna spend a lot of time on talking about what this filter does because I did the whole day on filters called photoshopped deep dive filters, but suffice it to say that if you click and drag this pin in the center of the image, you can change the position of the blur's you're controlling what sharp and what's not, and you're seeing a little bit of screen trash appear around the edges photoshopped struggles with displaying filters in the video timeline. In fact, when we get a preview this back in the timeline panel it's likely going to show us transparency, which is going to make you think that something went horribly wrong, but when you render it it's going to be fine. But there is a preview bug, especially on these blur filters, so don't let that throw you I'm hoping we'll see the bug here so that you know what to expect. So we can reposition the focal point with this little pin here and we can control the blur strength with either this slider on the right hand side of the screen or with this on image blurring controller right here so as I click and drag in a circular manner more towards the left and I increased the blur strength and you can see the slider moving on the right side of the screen as well. So let's say that this is fine and we like that and you can use these other little handles to control the transition point from tax sharp too blurry so anything within these four dots right here is going to be sharp. Anything between the four dots and the outer ring of the blur shape is going to be partially blurry. Anything outside of that ring is going to be the full on blur strength that you said over here or with that blurring. And you can use this little square handle on top of the blur shape to change the shape of the blur. Seeing getting more realistic shallow depth of field effect by changing it into a rounded rectangle rather than just being elliptical in shape and then to further control the shape you can grab these little white dots there's four of them all the way around and you can also use those to rotate the shape, make it narrow, make it big, etcetera, etcetera so I want this to be noticeable just for the purposes of this demonstration so I'm going to leave it with a pretty pretty high blur on their now let's go ahead and click ok now back in our documents see, we have changed that right here in our video timeline so now let's see what happens when we preview that thing it's going to give me the bugs already saw it flash so here were screaming through our video there we go that's a bug don't let that throw you this video is going to render perfectly but when you do run some filters especially those blur filters your document preview will never be the same but don't worry everything will be fine when your injury so that was pretty impressive what we did there we've got motion happening on that still image that pan ands eem and we applied one of the most processor intensive filters that photo shop has right here in the program and when we brought in our media the way we did with this little film strip icon photoshopped created smart objects out of those clips you know they're smart objects the stills are because you can see that little special icon there at the bottom so because that was a smart object the filter ran in its own little area non destructively so if I decided I don't like the look of the filter aiken either toggle it visibility off or I can click and drag the filters name down to the trash can icon at the bottom of my layers panel to get rid of it altogether, which is really amazing so we can go ahead and what else do we want to do this one? Let's, go ahead and try a filter on this video. Did you have some questions? Right? I was really question. You've got that? Hey, I have a question actually from me is your way to animate the the blur in the blur itself. Be animated? Not to my knowledge. Ok? Yeah, the animation properties that you've got and this will be just a tiny peek ahead for those heat home he wanted. Jump ahead, click the little slippy triangle next to the video attract that you want to effect and you could see the animation properties right there. So depending upon what the clip is that's active, you'll get different things, so we've got things like and normally this is transformed s e can animate size, you can animate position so location so that's how you can make things move you can't animate capacity to make things fade and fade out kind of like transitions, but a little bit more. Control, we're doing it here and you can animate layer styles, so we're going to do that. The end of the day, we're going to put a an adder animate and outer glow on text where it looks like the texas just starting to glow cool, it'll be really neat. So that's where those animation properties, but to my knowledge, I don't think you can enemy the filter, you know, talk going on and off. Great. Thank you, and somebody figures it out while we're live online here less no, ok, so let's, go ahead and start a new project, because I want to show you we'll talk a little bit more about adding filters to video and it's just going to make more sense to do it in a different project, then this one. So, really, all we did in this project was repeat, that is that same thing that we did for the sports photography portfolio, except for we did a little bit more stacking here, so we've got more video tracks going on then we did in our previous one and remember that they're named according to their either group name or the layer name, and if it's a type player than it's, what you've typed into that layer.

Class Description

Are you ready to add a video component to your photography or design business? Join author of the best-selling Adobe® Photoshop®: Missing Manual book series, Lesa Snider, for a deep dive into the video editing capabilities of Adobe® Photoshop®—a whole new way to use and maximize your favorite image-editing software.

In this intensive, full-day class you'll learn how to edit video easily and efficiently in Adobe® Photoshop®. You'll learn how to import, trim, and split video clips as well as how to apply adjustment layers for color correction or creative color effects. Get the scoop on animating still images and adding transitions, as well as displaying multiple elements at once including text, images, and even other videos! Lesa will help you master using Solid Color Fill layers to fade intros and outros into your piece, as well how to animate the size and location of text, masks, and graphics to create incredibly compelling motion. You'll also learn how to import and control multiple audio tracks, in addition to creating surprisingly useful animated GIFs for web ads.

By the end of this deep dive, you'll be able to grow and diversify your business and online presence by through video portfolios, promotional pieces, and more!

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.1