Sign & Digital Graphics

August '16

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42 • August 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Video Editing in Photoshop Create exciting professional video Stephen Romaniello is and artist and educator teaching digital art at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, for over 25 years. He is a certified instruc- tor in Adobe Photoshop and the author of numerous books and articles on the creative use of digital graphics soware. Steve is the founder of GlobalEye systems, a company that offers training and consulting in digital graphics soware and creative imaging. B Y S T E P H E N R O M A N I E L L O e Digital Eye DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS and preparing them for print to your large-format printer. But many people are unaware that Photoshop does more than manipulate still images. Now, I'm aware of the fact that Sign and Digital Graphics magazine is devoted primarily to large-for- mat print output, sign-making and wrap technologies but creating on-the-spot video has become ubiquitous today, and you just never know when your shop might need an in-house produced video clip. Therefore it's time to explore the video editing capabilities of Photoshop to expand your potential for creating professional-quality moving images. Frame Animation Frame animation is pretty easy with Photoshop. A frame animation is simply a sequence of images based on layer visibility (see Figure 1). Whatever you see in the image window is what the frame will capture, so it's only a matter of syncing layer content with individual frames to produce a moving image. All of the frame and video func- tions take place in the Timeline (see Figure 2) which is accessed from the Window menu. The default timeline displays single frame but new frames can be added based on layer content to create a sequence. Each frame being slightly different creates the illusion of motion when the animation is run. Special Effects Since each frame is based on layer visibility, animations can be manipulated simply by affect- ing layer content. Think of how powerful this concept is. Any Photoshop effect—and if you're a reader of The Digital Eye you know there are millions of them— can be applied to layer content, and then saved as an animation frame. This is how many of the special effects that you see in TV commercials and movies are cre- I t's the household word for image modification. If someone has "Photoshopped" a picture then you know that what you see ain't necessarily for real. It's all things to all people and it does pretty much everything one can do to a picture such as painting, photo editing, color correction, collage, graphic design, Web design, and even 3 D modeling. Yes, Adobe Photoshop is and extremely versatile tool and quite the necessity when working with images Figure 1: A frame animation is simply a sequence of images based on layer visibility.

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