A Video Editing Tutorial For Photoshop Cs3

Simple video editing is new to Photoshop CS3.

Photoshop CS3 introduced a video editing feature. It works by importing a video file as a “video layer” which can be manipulated by any of the tools in Photoshop. Additional layers can be added to contain text, etc. For advanced image manipulation, you may need to edit frame by frame. All videos share a few basic characteristics, and you’ll be able to use your regular Photoshop knowledge once you know work with a video.

Instructions

Importing Video

1. Open a video file, preferably Quicktime format, in Photoshop. Your file should appear in the document window.

2. Open the animation panel by clicking “Window” in the menu bar then mousing down to “Animation” in the drop-down menu. The animation panel, which contains the time line and play/pause buttons, allows you to navigate to different parts of the video.

3. Click and drag the time line cursor, a blue arrowhead, to move to different parts of the video. To edit the video’s start and end points, click and drag the curved blue tabs at each end of the time line bar to specific times.

Color Correcting

4. Move the time line cursor to a frame that best represents the color profile of your video. Select the layer that contains your video in the layers palette.

5. Click “Layer” in the menu bar, mouse down to “New Adjustment Layer,” then select an adjustment option. (The easiest to work with is “Levels.”)

6. Adjust the settings to make the video look the way you desire. (If you’re using levels, the easiest way to correct is to click “Auto.”) Click “OK” when finished. You can readjust the correction settings at any time by double-clicking on the adjustment layer icon in the layers palette.

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Adding Text

7. Create a new layer and place it above the video layer in the layers palette.

8. Select the text tool and write your desired text. Size, style and place the text. It will stay in that location for the duration of the video.

9. Click the play button or the space bar to preview your video.

Exporting Video

10. Click on “File” in the menu bar, mouse down to “Export,” then select “Render Video.”

11. Type a name for the video, select a folder in which to store the file and which frames to export. Advanced users can also dictate frame rate and file format. Click “OK.”

12. Open your video after the export process finishes to view it.