Sign & Digital Graphics

August '16

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44 • August 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS capabilities are here. For example you can add, superimpose and fade additional video clips and cut pieces out of them or duplicate them. You can also sync audio and control volume and fade. The timeline can be expanded which helps you pick and choose where to dis- play, conceal or fade various parts of your clips. A red line indicates where you are in the timeline. As you drag the line the image in the image window displays the specific frame as does a thumbnail on the clip. Also the numerical value in sec- onds is displayed in the status bar to the lower left. This is especially helpful when weaving multiple tracks in and out of the scene. You can also add additional clips and audio files by dragging and dropping them into the timeline (see Figure 4). Filter Effects As a video editor, Photoshop has all the basics—but suppose you want to add an artistic filter to your video in order to dramatically alter its appearance. This procedure can change the look an ordi- nary moving image into an extraordinary work of art. R e m e m b e r, P h o t o s h o p 's c h i e f strength is its ability to alter images in a million different ways. Applying filters to a video is one way to achieve amazing results. First, convert the video layer to a smart object by choosing Convert to Smart Object from the Layer Options menu in the Layer panel. In this instance I applied two artistic filters (see Figure 5) and added a red colored layer above the video sequence with a Difference blend mode to create an extreme color effect. I also added an additional video track that I will later use to blend images together and an audio track. These effects show up in the video when it is run and pro- duce dramatic rotoscope-like effect with sound synced to the video clip (see Figure 6). Video to Frame, Frame to Video For even more control, the video can temporarily be converted to frames. A layer for each frame will appear in the Figure 5: I applied two artistic filters to the peacock movie to create an artsy rotoscope effect. Figure 6: A red colored layer with a Difference blend mode has been placed above the video sequence to create an extreme color shift. Figure 7: First choose Set Timeline Frame Rate in the Timeline Options menu and set the rate to 24 frames per second.

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