What Photoshop Features Import?

The first Alpha channel is properly understood on import. Do not save more than one alpha channel with your native .PSD file or it will be ignored. Feel free to use all of Photoshop's features. If your file contains, Layers, Layer Sets, Layer Styles, Blending Modes, Vector Type, or Vector Shapes, Vegas will properly interpret them on import. The .psd files will be opened with all visible layers flattened. Alpha channel will be retained and can be enabled (with several interpretation options) in...

What Major Photoshop Features Import?

While subtle differences exist, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore DVD all interpret Photoshop files the same way. You can choose to import Photoshop files as merged layers or load each or any independent layer of a document to use each layer as a separate element. Additionally, importing a multi-layered Photoshop file as a sequence or composition will be a significant workflow improvement. When you load a file as a sequence or composition, a new sequence is created with each layer of your...

What about HD Graphics?

Premiere Pro supports several different versions of HD. Sizing your graphics will depend greatly on the tape format you are using. The good news is that the presets in Photoshop work well for HD. DVCPRO HD 1080 1280X1080 Non-square (1.5) DVCPRO HD 1080 1280X1080 Non-square (1.5)

Publications with Frequent Stories about Photoshop

Photoshop User Magazine

There are several great computer magazines that routinely discuss Photoshop and related topics such as third-party plug-ins, motion graphics, and video. A magazine has a certain timeliness to it, and can provide excellent tips on Photoshop updates and add-ons. Photoshop User www.photoshopuser.com Layers Magazine www.layersmagazine.com Computer Arts www.computerarts.co.uk

Don't Panic!

Hands On 07 Creating a DVD Overlay for Motion Menu Design The art of DVD menu design is an evolving practice. One of its most enjoyable aspects is the creation of motion menus. These can give your DVD a truly polished look. Motion menus will often use a black & white (or subpicture) highlight layer. This layer is used to signify overlays that will be placed over the motion background when a button is highlighted. Creating buttons for a motion menu can be a time consuming task, figuring out...

Working with Document Presets

Depending on which version of Photoshop you have, there are presets to use for standard canvas sizes. The newer your version of Photoshop, the more accurate and complete your choices are. Photoshop CS3 refines the document-preset system. When you choose the create a new document (File> New. . .) you are presented with a similar window to past versions. However, you now must specify a category in the Preset List (in this case Film & Video). Photoshop then offers 10 standard-definition...

Why Photoshop Integration is Important for Sony Vegas

At some point, the Vegas user may need the services of an image editing application, and Adobe Photoshop is the natural choice. With Photoshop, you can create a title graphic, tweak an alpha mask, re-touch a still image, or convert a vector graphic to a raster graphic for a Vegas project.

Why Photoshop Integration is Important for Adobe Production Studio

Adobe's Photoshop is an application that changed the way we all think about image editing. Adobe Premiere was one of the first software-based video editing applications on the scene. It's only natural that they would be designed to work hand-in-hand. Converting and processing still images and graphics and creating graphic elements and masks for compositing will always be a critical part of creating video programs. Whether you're creating a video for deployment on tape, CD-ROM, or DVD, Photoshop...

Export Layers to Files

As you work with different video applications, you will find that support for Photoshop layers is not universal. To get past this limitation, Photoshop offers a useful script called Export Layers to Files. Photoshop allows you to convert a layered file into a series of individual files. You can choose to create a PSD, BMP, JPEG, PDF, Targa, or TIFF file for each layer. Layers are named automatically as they are Layer Comps to AMC Layer Comps 10 Files Layer Comps to PDF,,. Load Files Into...

Working with Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are generally more expensive than their analog companions. Remember though that you can get by with a camera resolution as low as a 2.1 megapixels. The convenience offered by a digital camera might just help you make a deadline. The elimination (and cost) of developing and scanning makes these a viable choice for video pros. I encourage you to add a digital still camera to your video production equipment it will come in handy both in the field and back in the office. If you are...

Sumi-e

This filter tries to simulate a popular Japanese painting style. The image looks like it was painted with a wet brush full of black ink on rice paper. The result is a soft, blurry image with rich blacks. This filter closely resembles Dark Strokes. To find out more on this style of artwork, visit http www.sumiesociety.org.

File Extensions

Repeat after me I will always use file extensions. That two- or three-letter code is critical to preserving your file. The extension tells the computer (which is the least intelligent creation ever made) which application created the graphic and what can open it. Mac users have been historically lazy with extensions, because the Mac OS had written the file type into the header information. This does you no good if, for example, the file is copied to a PC-formatted disc, moves across a PC or...

Why Photoshop Integration is Important for Avid Editing Systems

Avid editing systems are the most widely used option for video postproduction. They are indeed edit systems and not paint packages, however. The proper use of Adobe Photoshop is important to give Avid users access to advanced titling opportunities as well as to enable them to prepare logos and photos for import into projects. Avid recognizes this important connection and even offers an advanced course through Avid Education Centers called Creating Graphics and Mattes with Avid Media Composer...

Use a Broadcast Monitor with Photoshop

When designing video graphics, it is very useful to view them on a broadcast monitor or television. Starting with Photoshop CS2, Adobe added support for video previews over FireWire. This allows you to perform essential checks for color, interlace flicker, and readability. ' Step 1. Ensure the DV device is connected and powered BEFORE launching Photoshop. You can use a camera or a Digital-to-Analog converter that supports either NTSC or PAL and the DV standard. Step 2. Choose File> Export>...

Hands On | 02 Creating Custom Backgrounds—with Glen Stephens

By combining multiple grayscale textures using blend modes, new textures can be generated. Using blending modes ensures several different looks based upon the randomness of mixing your textures together. These looks can then be colorized or further modified to create entirely new backgrounds that are well-suited for video. In fact a texture library can be used to quickly create DVD menus, lower-thirds, or full-screen graphics. You'll find several textures on the DVD-ROM that can be used to...

Action FX

Known best for its many action files, Action FX has an impressive collection of Layer Styles as well. What started as a site for Photoshop hobbyists has quickly become a popular stop for Actions, Layer Styles, Brush Sets, and Textures. There are many tutorials and articles created by Photoshop author Al Ward. Al calls himself a certified Photoshop addict and is the webmaster of Action FX Photoshop Resources. He also contributes to the official NAPP Web site as the Actions area coordinator...

Advice on Selections

There is no single technique that is perfect for making the ultimate selection. It is the situation that dictates the technique, not your comfort level. It is important to get comfortable with all of the methods discussed in this book so you can begin to unlock Photoshop's power. Garbage matte is a compositing term. It means using a simple matte to block out the complex noise or garbage in the image that would otherwise interfere with a more elaborate matte. In other words, we chop the object...

Layer Styles: Bevels, Shadows, Glows, And More!

While many graphics are easy to read at print resolutions, they quickly become lost in the frame when keyed over moving video. In the print world, type is generally placed over a solid color such as white paper . In the video space, we frequently mix type with motion, and this results in an issue referred to as type on pattern. There are several strategies for assisting with readability in these situations. Common techniques include adding bevels, glows, or contrasting drop shadows. While there...

So What are Megapixels?

Start shopping for a digital still camera and you'll be bombarded with megapixels. If you listen to most salespeople, you'll be misled as to what megapixels really are and just how many are needed. You'll need to understand megapixels so you can make smart shooting decisions or instruct those that are acquiring images for your project. A megapixel is a unit of storage and describes the total number of pixels in an image. In the strictest sense, a megapixel is one million pixels. This is a very...

What is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for this System?

Depending upon which Avid system you are using and which video standard NTSC or PAL used in your particular country, your graphic size may vary. All graphics should be properly sized before you import them. Improperly sized graphics are prone to distortion and loss of quality. For those working with standard definition video, such as Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, and Avid Xpress, use the following sizes. If you are using Photoshop CS or later, you should design using the built-in...

For Instructors

If you are an instructor, I sincerely hope that you will adapt this book to your specific curriculum. I have designed it to be a great resource for advanced courses in screen graphics or video production. This book is based on techniques that I have taught over the years. I am a college instructor, as well as a frequent speaker at industry conferences and training events. There are several sample files that you can use for demonstration purposes during lessons or lectures. If students own the...

Why Layers?

When Photoshop was created, it did not have layers. It was an application that worked extremely well for touching up photos, frames of film, or video stills. The introduction of layers moved Photoshop from image touch-up program to robust graphic tool. The key to being fast in Photoshop is understanding the Layers palette. Think of layers as tracks from a video timeline. The way you build and organize the show affects your end results. With proper organization, you can come back later and...

Contact Sheet II

A common practice is to send several photos to a client for review. Earlier we explored a dynamic photo gallery let's take a look at a more static option called a contact sheet. Traditionally, it has been a common practice to create a contact sheet from rolls of film. This is done so the photographer or client could select images for printing at full size. This step was done for both convenience and costsavings. A video pro can harness the practice of contact sheets to save time and money. By...

Equalize

If an image appears too dark or washed out, Equalize is the sledgehammer way to pound it into a usable state. The command attempts to redistribute pixels so that they are equally balanced across the entire range of brightness values. You can tell Photoshop to look at the entire image when equalizing, or sample a smaller area that will drive the overall adjustment. The command will take the lightest area and map it to pure white 255 and the darkest area to pure black 0 . Since the equalize...

Hue/Saturation and Desaturate

These two commands are incredibly important for video graphics. If colors are too saturated, you will need to tone them down. Otherwise, you will get bleeding onscreen with color data spreading from its original areas into other parts of your graphic. This can severely impact readability and is distracting to the viewer. Fixing saturation problems can be very tricky. See the video tutorial on the DVD-ROM. Fixing saturation problems can be very tricky. See the video tutorial on the DVD-ROM....

"Print-Worthy" Frame Grabs

I One of the most common requests I hear is the desire to take frame grabs from video and format them for use in print, j Unfortunately, the mediums just don't mix very well. Remember, in order to capture between 24 to 30 frames per second, a small image is grabbed. Depending on your format, you end up with around 640x480 square pixels of information. If you condense these pixels to a print resolution of say 300 ppi, you get a print size of about 2x1.5 inches slightly larger than a postage...

Suggested Hardware

Photoshop is a great tool right out of the box. However, there are a few things that will help you get more work done. The order in which you add these items on will vary, depending on your work environment and budget. I will not assume you have any of these, other than access to a video monitor in either NTSC or PAL depending upon your country . A second computer monitor. Once you've gotten used to having your palettes open, you'll never be able to go back to opening and closing windows and...

Understanding Bit Depth

The last area that affects the quality of your image is bit depth also known as pixel depth or color depth . The bit depth measures how much color is available for displaying or printing. Greater bit depths mean more information is available to describe the color which leads to greater accuracy . The most common bit depth is 8-bit. This mode has 256 possible values per color channel 2 to the eight power . This is the most common mode used by video editing applications although some are starting...

What is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for Premiere Pro?

Frames sizes will vary as project settings can have different sizes and pixel aspect ratios in Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro 1.5 added a menu selection to create a New Photoshop Document. This will open a Photoshop document that is configured properly for the Premiere Pro project you have open. Photoshop CS or later will create a document of both the proper dimension and pixel aspect ratio. If you are running an earlier version of Photoshop, the document will open with the proper pixel dimensions...

Channel Mixer

By using the Channel Mixer, current channels can be combined to form a new channel. This has two distinct purposes Scenario 1. A digital photo had a write error and one of the channels is damaged. You can use the two good channels to create a replacement for the third. Scenario 2. You want better grayscales. You can choose the monochromatic option and produce much better grayscales than by simply switching modes or desaturating. Let's try the second scenario out and manually create a new...

Choosing a Bit Depth for Color Correction

When fixing images, bit depth is an important consideration. While most Photoshop users are most comfortable working with Color Correction allows you to make important improvements to color and exposure within an image. The top image is the original image the bottom image has been enhanced. Color Correction allows you to make important improvements to color and exposure within an image. The top image is the original image the bottom image has been enhanced. 8-bit images, there is a strong case...

Storing Alternate Designs with Layer Comps

During the normal design process, you will often create several variations upon your design. For example when designing a lower-third graphic you might try positioning the logo in different positions as well as using a drop shadow or glow to help offset it. Instead of having a separate document for each variation, you can harness the power of Layer Comps. Layer Comps were first introduced with Photoshop CS. When properly used, Layer Comps can significantly extend design flexibility....

Why Photoshop Integration is Important for Final Cut Studio

Photoshop is tightly integrated with Apple's Final Cut Studio. Apple supports most Photoshop features and encourages Photoshop integration throughout the entire suite. Final Cut Pro can import layered PSD files with most blend modes intact. DVD Studio Pro can use a layered PSD file as the basis for a DVD menu. This support is well documented in the application's printed and online documentation. Motion can import a layered PSD file and can then be easily animated.

Design With RGB or 601 Levels?

In their current versions, Adobe video applications correctly interpret RGB values using the full 0-255 range . This will make it easier during the design process. Adobe Premiere Pro will properly map a 0 value to 7.5 IRE and a 255 value to 100 IRE. In Adobe After Effects, you design using the full color range, and color remapping will generally occur when the codec is applied in the Output Module. For most users, the best practice is to design in full gamut RGB and apply the NTSC-safe filter...

High-Definition Color Space

When creating graphics for high-definition video, you must keep in mind that SD and HD define colors differently. For standard definition, the International Telecommunication Union ITU 601 color space is used, while HD normally uses ITU 709. The most common problems occur when conversion occurs between SD and HD video sources. If the codec or video software doesn't automatically convert the color space, then a slight shift in color will occur. These color shifts are only visible on a properly...

Smart Blur

This filter can be thought of as a selective blur. The filter allows you to set a tolerance setting threshold for finding dissimilar pixels and specify a radius so it knows how far to search. These pixels can then be blurred a specified amount and quality setting. The filter can blur the entire image normal mode or focus on the edges Edge Only and Overlay . These last two modes often produce unexpected results.

Crop and Straighten Photos with Automation

When scanning, it's tempting to get lazy. Instead of putting every photo one at a time on the scanner bed, it's often easier to load up the flatbed. Photoshop CS adds the Crop and Straighten Photos command that creates separate files from multiple images in a single scan. Performing the Crop and Straighten Photos Command Step 1. Scan multiple images directly into Photoshop, or open a composite scan. For specific scanning instructions, see your owner's manual for the scanner for general scanning...

Isolate for Saturation Adjustment

You now need to create a selection matte to isolate the saturation adjustment. You can create this matte by using existing layer data. Step 1. Select or Link the two layers. Step 2. Select the top layer, which is set to Difference mode. Step 3. Hold down the 9 or 9 key and choose Merge Layers or Merge Linked from the Layer menu. A flattened copy set to Normal mode is now available. Step 4. Desaturate this new layer by selecting Image gt Adjust gt Desaturate, or press ffl L ffl . Step 5. You...

Testing During the Design Stage on Your Computer

The best situation when designing video graphics is to have a broadcast monitor hooked up to your system while you are designing the graphics. This will allow you to check for interlace flicker, safe-color concerns, and contrast issues while you design. There are several possible solutions for this setup the right solution will depend upon your budget and available technology. The Video Preview plug-in only works if you are using RGB, Grayscale, or Indexed Color mode but you should NEVER work...

NTSC Colors

Unfortunately, this filter hard clips color information that falls outside the safe color range for the NTSC model. Instead of gently fading these colors, a hard clip is quite visible. Use this filter to check for problem areas, and then adjust by hand with the sponge tool set to desaturate. This filter does not take the place of a dedicated NTSC monitor, or better yet, a scope. The De-Interlace filter has removed the field rendering from this still graphic. Fields are useful in motion sources,...

Design versus Production

You will most often have two distinct versions of your Photoshop files one for design and one for production. Your design files include all of your layers, vector type, blend modes, and layer effects. These are meant to be editable in the future so you can make client changes. Production files on the other hand are meant to be imported into your NLE Compositing Application DVD authoring environment. These often contain flattened layers and must have their layer effects merged as well....

Goop, Sludge, Schmutz

There are several names for the problem. What I'm talking about are physical blemishes attached to the photo that could have should have been wiped off before scanning. This problem is often caused by food or environmental debris. If the photo is still in your possession, gently clean it and rescan. If all you have is the scan, then use the Patch tool. Set the Patch tool to Source Mode and lasso around the problem spot feather edges for a softer transition . Drag the selection to a clear area...

Case Study: Making a Matte Painting—with Frank Rogers,, Interface Media Group

Years ago it took a really big sheet of glass and really good painting talent to do a believable matte painting. I saw the death of that skill and wasn't even aware of it. On the New York City set in North Carolina of Young Indy I noticed a guy on an apple box with a laptop. Looking over his shoulder I saw he was sketching some roof extensions and skyline over a frame grab. Asking if this was a sketch that would be painted at ILM later, I was told this was the painting. Now, with Photoshop,...

Standard Definition Broadcast-Safe Concerns

Have you ever watched a low-budget commercial on late-night TV Listen closely, as you may actually hear the graphics. If whites are too hot, the video track bleeds over into the audio track of a broadcast signal. This can also cause problems when tapes are duplicated. It is an accepted industry practice to keep video signals broadcast-safe. Recently, creating broadcast-safe graphics has gotten trickier. Many video editing tools have begun to automatically adjust graphics to make them...

Creating Perfect Alpha Channels

When do you make an alpha channel Whenever you want to embed the transparency data into the flattened file. You worked hard for that transparency. Why throw it away Think of an alpha channel as a stencil or mask. Most nonlinear editing systems support some form of real-time alpha keying. It's a good idea to use it. Now you're probably thinking, My NLE supports Photoshop layers and transparency. I don't need an alpha channel. Wrong. Support for layers and transparency is great, but you will not...

Moire Patterns and "Buzz"

How Fix Moire Photoshop

Fine patterns are often desirable in print in video, they will give you a headache. Lines thinner than three pixels will appear to vibrate, especially if they are in motion or fall diagonally. In Photoshop, we create these items to be anti-aliased. In stock photos, you may need to go through and soften these up with the blur or smudge tools. The smudge tool set to darken or lighten mode will isolate your smudging to the dark and light areas, respectively. As this is a timely process to get...

How Do You Import Graphics into Motion?

Importing graphics into your Motion is an easy process. Motion gives you precise control on how to import a layered PSD file. Step 2. Navigate to the file you want to import, then click Import. This will open the Pick Layer to Import dialog box. Step 3. Choose a command from the Layer Name pop-up menu. a. Merged Layers All layers of the Photoshop file are imported into a single object. b. All Layers A new layer is created and nested within the currently selected layer in Motion. Each layer of...

Software Solutions for Checking Graphics

If you have the budget, there is extra software you may want to add to extend Photoshop's capabilities. These three tools overlap, so you will likely need only one of the three. They are arranged with the most full-featured and expensive first. This tool has long been regarded as an absolute essential. While Photoshop's newer ability to send video out over FireWire slightly diminishes EchoFire's value, it does not eliminate it by any means. Photoshop and After Effects users have the ability to...

Iconography

Throughout this book, I have included callout boxes that either present you with additional noteworthy information or direct you toward another resource the Internet or the included DVD-ROM . The icons associated with these callouts are in the margin. Web Link. Go online to find out more. On the DVD. Resources on the DVD-ROM that are important to the current subject. Noteworthy. Gotchas to avoid, new terminology, or Photoshop-related skills. Technical Tips. Hints and tricks to make Photoshop...

The Most Versatile Effect: Gradient Wipe

I couldn't discuss gradients without talking about the incredible Gradient Wipe. After Effects can use any gradient layer as a transition map. Create or modify a gradient in Photoshop first. You can combine gradient layers, blend modes, and filters to create an interesting map. Step 1. Import the gradient into After Effects. Step 2. Add the gradient to your timeline but leave its visibility off. Make sure the gradient layer is the length of your composition. Step 3. Apply the Gradient Wipe...

Tangents

By blurring the text, it is easier to see the tangent. Unintentional tangents will likely distract from your layout and impact your viewer's focus. An Adobe Illustrator or Vector EPS file is the best format to get a logo in. Often a scanned logo will have its legal symbol become illegible. You may choose to insert these special characters using the Key Caps on a Mac or the Character Map on a PC. The following keyboard shortcuts are also available on a Mac Give careful attention to how your text...

The Tools of the Trade

There s a lot of different ways to speed up your workflow in Photoshop. You have several built-in choices and even a few third-party choices . Finding the right one requires an understanding of each. Photoshop s automation tools can be a huge time-saver, and most video pros find they are pretty easy to use. There are four major categories of automation techniques Adobe Media Gallery... Conditional Mode Change... Fit Image... Merge to HDR... Photomerge... Actions. Actions offer the ability to...