How Do You Import Graphics into the System?

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Before importing a Photoshop file into Combustion 3, set your preference for Photoshop Import Behavior. File>Preferences> Footage>General: Photoshop Import Behavior>Import Mode: Choose either Color or Color + Alpha. By choosing "Color", no transparency information will be imported with the Photoshop file.

When importing Photoshop files into Combustion, a dialog gives details on how many layers are in the file and offers one of three Import Options:

Merged Image

The entire Photoshop file becomes a "flattened" single Layer in Combustion. Even after merging the file into a single Layer, individual Layers can be displayed one at a time through the Footage Controls>Source>Source Layer, uncheck Merge Layers and choose a layer from the drop-down.

Grouped

The Photoshop file is imported as individual layers parented to a Null Object. Each layer can be controlled and modified separately or manipulated together using the Transform Controls for the Null Object.

Nested

The Photoshop file is imported as individual layers parented to a Null Object within a Nested Composite. Each layer can be controlled and modified separately or manipulated together using the Transform Controls for the Null Object. The additional benefit of a Nested Import is that filters and Operators can be applied to the Nested Composite, affecting the entire group of layers uniformly.

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