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Photoshop for Video, Fourth Edition

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With this fully updated fourth edition of the popular guide for video professionals, master the skills you need to create graphics for use in television, video, the Internet, and DVD. You'll find other, thicker volumes on Photoshop, but Photoshop for Video, 4E addresses the challenges unique to video editors. Follow along as video and Photoshop expert Richard Harrington takes you step-by-step through the techniques for designing with layers and layer styles, applying filters, working with logos and 3D objects, working with actions and scripts, creating backgrounds, and more. This book uses the language of a video editor to show you how to develop an efficient workflow for producing graphics and exporting them to video. Appendices offer details on how to integrate Photoshop with popular editing programs, and a glossary will make sure you don't get stuck puzzling over technical details. Designed as both a comprehensive reference guide and a hands-on multimedia experience, this book and DVD combo are jam-packed with information, including tutorials, source footage, resources for further reading, and hundreds of images for video editors and motion graphics designers to use in producing visually compelling, professional video. A must-have for every video editor's bookshelf!

Table of Contents

  1. Photoshop for Video, Fourth Edition
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. About the Author
    3. Why You Need This Book
    4. Foreword
    5. Introduction: The Gift of Giving
    6. Getting Started
      1. How to Use This Book
      2. Iconography
      3. Mac vs. PC
      4. What’s on the DVD and Online
        1. Lesson Files
        2. Bonus Lessons
        3. Bonus Materials
        4. Resource Blog
      5. The Future
    7. 1. Make It Happen
        1. Reality Check
        2. Setting Up Photoshop
          1. Changing Preferences
            1. General
            2. Interface
            3. File Handling
            4. Performance
            5. Cursors
            6. Transparency & Gamut
            7. Units & Rulers
            8. Guides, Grid & Slices
            9. Plug-Ins
            10. Type
            11. 3D
          2. Choosing Keyboard Shortcuts
            1. Defining or modifying new keyboard shortcuts
            2. Defining a new set of shortcuts
        3. Video’s Unique Requirements
    8. 2. Pixels: Time for Tech
        1. A Pixel by Any Other Name
          1. Raster Images
          2. Vector Graphics
        2. Display Resolution
        3. Image Resolution
          1. Pixels per Inch (ppi)
          2. Dots per Inch (dpi)
          3. Lines per Inch (lpi)
          4. Samples per Inch (spi)
        4. Print Resolution
        5. Web Resolution
        6. Bit Depth
          1. 8 Bits/Channel
          2. 16 Bits/Channel
          3. 32 Bits/Channel
        7. Computer and Video Issues
          1. Nonsquare Pixels
          2. Pixel Aspect Ratio
            1. Step 1: Determining the native size of your video frame
            2. Step 2: Designing your graphics in Photoshop
          3. Interlaced Displays
          4. Anti-aliasing
          5. Color Space
          6. Luminance
          7. Contrast and Broadcast-Safe Color
        8. Working with Digital Cameras
          1. Opting for Raw Files
          2. Importing Digital Photos
          3. Managing Digital Photos
        9. Working with Scanners
        10. Resizing an Image for Video
          1. The Image Size Command
          2. The Canvas Size Command
          3. The Crop Tool
            1. Power Crop
            2. Nonsquare Place
        11. Final Advice
    9. 3. Why Layers?
        1. What Are Layers?
          1. Graphic Layers
          2. Text Layers
          3. Video Layers
          4. 3D Layers
          5. Fill Layers
          6. Smart Objects
        2. How Layers Work: Understanding Composite Images
        3. Working with the Layers Panel
        4. Organizing Layers
          1. Linking
          2. Aligning and Distributing
          3. Locking
          4. Merging
          5. Using a Clipping Mask
          6. Color-coding
          7. Grouping Layers
        5. Storing Alternate Designs with Layer Comps
          1. Creating Layer Comps
          2. Updating Layer Comps
          3. Using Layer Comps
        6. Blend Modes
          1. Exploring Blend Modes
          2. Blend Modes Illustrated
          3. Blend Modes Across Applications
        7. Exporting Layers to Video Applications
          1. Saving a Flattened Copy for Your NLE System
          2. Exporting with Layers for Animation
          3. Rendering Video Layers
    10. 4. What About Transparency?
        1. Essential Terminology
        2. Creating Selections
          1. Marquee Tools
          2. Lasso Tools
          3. Magic Wand Tool
          4. Quick Selection Tool
          5. Pen Tool
          6. Color Range Command
        3. Refining Selections
          1. Refining Basic Selections
          2. Refine Edge Command
          3. Quick Mask Mode
        4. Extracting Images
          1. Layer Masking
            1. Create the layer mask
            2. Using the Masks panel
            3. Touching up layer masks
          2. Saving Selections as Paths
        5. Working with Channels
          1. Converting a Channel into a Mask
          2. Converting Multiple Channels into a Mask with Calculations
        6. Creating Alpha Channels
          1. Creating a “Perfect” Alpha Channel
          2. Premultiplied vs. Straight Alpha Channels
          3. Combining Alpha Channels
    11. 5. Typography for Video
        1. Typographic Essentials
          1. Vector Type
          2. Selecting the Right Font
            1. Serif vs. sans-serif
            2. X-height
            3. Font weight
            4. Appearance onscreen
            5. Style
        2. Video Type Details
          1. Title Safe Area
          2. Anti-aliased Text
          3. Type on Pattern
        3. Controlling Type
          1. Using the Options Bar
          2. Using the Character Panel
            1. Field 1: Set the font family
            2. Field 2: Set the font style
            3. Field 3: Set the font size
            4. Field 4: Set the leading
            5. Field 5: Set the kerning between two characters
            6. Field 6: Set the tracking for selected characters
            7. Fields 7 and 8: Vertically and horizontally scale
            8. Field 9: Set the baseline shift
            9. Field 10: Set the text color
            10. Area 11: Type enhancement buttons
            11. Menu 12: Language selection menu
            12. Menu 13: Anti-alias menu
          3. Using the Paragraph Panel
            1. Area 1: Alignment buttons
            2. Field 2: Indent fields
            3. Field 3: Spacing fields
            4. Area 4: Enable hyphenation
          4. Checking Spelling
        4. Special Typographic Effects
          1. Layer Styles
          2. Free Transform Tool
          3. Warped Text
          4. Text on a Path
            1. To move type along the path
            2. To flip type to the other side of a path
        5. 3D Typography Essentials
          1. Creating a Repoussé Effect
          2. Extruding and Inflating
          3. Transforming
    12. 6. Logos and 3D Objects
        1. Acquiring Logo Files
          1. File Formats
            1. Vector logos
            2. Raster logos
            3. WordArt
        2. Design Ideas for Logo Files
          1. Reflections
          2. Fake 3D Edge
          3. Fill with a Pattern
          4. Distressed Type or Logo in Photoshop
          5. Lightblast
          6. Cast Shadows
          7. Glass Bug
        3. Using 3D Layers
          1. 3D File Formats
          2. Using 3D Objects in Designs
          3. Editing 3D Textures and Lights
          4. Controlling Textures on 3D Objects
        4. Vanishing Point Exchange
    13. 7. Layer Styles: Bevels, Shadows, Glows, and More!
        1. What Are Layer Styles?
        2. How to Apply Layer Styles
          1. Drop Shadow
          2. Inner Shadow
          3. Outer Glow and Inner Glow
          4. Bevel and Emboss
          5. Satin
          6. Color Overlay, Gradient Overlay, and Pattern Overlay
          7. Stroke
        3. Designing with Layer Styles
          1. Loading Pre-built Styles
            1. Accessing built-in styles
            2. Accessing additional styles
          2. Building Your Own Styles
            1. Saving styles
            2. Sharing styles
            3. Updating your presets
          3. Using Custom Overlays: Gradients and Textures
            1. Using gradients
            2. Using patterns
        4. Using Styles with Video Applications
          1. Importing Layer Styles into a Nonlinear Editing System or Apple Motion
          2. Importing Layer Styles into After Effects
    14. 8. Filters
        1. Filters Defined
        2. Before Running a Filter
          1. Fix Major Errors
          2. Check the Color Mode
          3. Set Your View
          4. Check the Bit Depth
        3. Understanding Filter Interfaces
          1. Using the Filter Gallery
          2. Using Smart Filters
        4. Defining the Area to Be Affected by a Filter
          1. Using the Color Range Command
          2. Smoothing Out a Selection
        5. Fading and Blending Filters
        6. Guide to Standard Filters
          1. Artistic Filters
            1. Colored Pencil
            2. Cutout
            3. Dry Brush
            4. Film Grain
            5. Fresco
            6. Neon Glow
            7. Paint Daubs
            8. Palette Knife
            9. Plastic Wrap
            10. Poster Edges
            11. Rough Pastels
            12. Smudge Stick
            13. Sponge
            14. Underpainting
            15. Watercolor
          2. Blur Filters
            1. Average
            2. Blur and Blur More
            3. Box Blur
            4. Gaussian Blur
            5. Lens Blur
            6. Motion Blur
            7. Radial Blur
            8. Shape Blur
            9. Smart Blur
            10. Surface Blur
          3. Brush Stroke Filters
            1. Accented Edges
            2. Angled Strokes
            3. Crosshatch
            4. Dark Strokes
            5. Ink Outlines
            6. Spatter
            7. Sprayed Strokes
            8. Sumi-e
          4. Distort Filters
            1. Diffuse Glow
            2. Displace
            3. Glass
            4. Ocean Ripple
            5. Pinch
            6. Polar Coordinates
            7. Ripple
            8. Shear
            9. Spherize
            10. Twirl
            11. Wave
            12. ZigZag
          5. Noise Filters
            1. Add Noise
            2. Despeckle
            3. Dust & Scratches
            4. Median
            5. Reduce Noise
          6. Pixelate Filters
            1. Color Halftone
            2. Crystallize
            3. Facet
            4. Fragment
            5. Mezzotint
            6. Mosaic
            7. Pointillize
          7. Render Filters
            1. Clouds
            2. Difference Clouds
            3. Fibers
            4. Lens Flare
            5. Lighting Effects
          8. Sharpen Filters
            1. Sharpen and Sharpen More
            2. Sharpen Edges and Unsharp Mask
            3. Smart Sharpen
          9. Sketch Filters
            1. Bas Relief
            2. Chalk & Charcoal
            3. Charcoal
            4. Chrome
            5. Conté Crayon
            6. Graphic Pen
            7. Halftone Pattern
            8. Note Paper
            9. Photocopy
            10. Plaster
            11. Reticulation
            12. Stamp
            13. Torn Edges
            14. Water Paper
          10. Stylize Filters
            1. Diffuse
            2. Emboss
            3. Extrude
            4. Find Edges
            5. Glowing Edges
            6. Solarize
            7. Tiles
            8. Trace Contour
            9. Wind
          11. Texture Filters
            1. Craquelure
            2. Grain
            3. Mosaic Tiles
            4. Patchwork
            5. Stained Glass
            6. Texturizer
          12. Video Filters
            1. De-Interlace
            2. NTSC Colors
          13. Other Filters
            1. Custom
            2. High Pass
            3. Minimum and Maximum
            4. Offset
          14. “Loose” Filters
            1. Filter Gallery
            2. Lens Correction
            3. Liquify
            4. Vanishing Point
    15. 9. Fixing Color and Exposure
        1. Approach to Image Correction
          1. Nondestructive Workflow
          2. Bit Depth for Color Correction
          3. Image Mode for Color Correction
          4. Adjustment Layers
            1. Using the Adjustments panel
            2. Masking adjustment layers
        2. Primary Image Adjustments
          1. Levels
            1. Adjusting brightness and contrast
            2. Removing color cast
          2. Curves
            1. Correcting exposure
            2. Advanced secondary color correction with Curves
          3. Shadows and Highlights
          4. Hue/Saturation
            1. The oversaturation test
            2. Isolate for saturation adjustment
          5. Vibrance
          6. Photo Filter Adjustment Layers
          7. Black-and-White Conversion
            1. Auto: A good start
            2. Black-and-white samples
        3. Fixing Images with Camera Raw
          1. Opening a Raw File
          2. An Overview of the Camera Raw Dialog
          3. Image Adjustments Tabs
            1. Basic
            2. Tone Curve
            3. Detail
            4. Split Toning
            5. Lens Corrections
            6. Effects
            7. Camera Calibration
          4. Finish the Process
        4. Useful Commands in Brief
          1. Gradient Map
          2. Invert
          3. Equalize
          4. Threshold
        5. Broadcast-Safe Concerns
          1. Standard Definition
          2. High Definition
    16. 10. Repairing Damaged Photos
        1. Stamp It Out
          1. Clone Stamp Tool
          2. Healing Brush Tool
          3. Patch Tool
        2. Content-Aware Commands
          1. Content-Aware Scale
          2. Content-Aware Fill
        3. Hide It: Blur and Smudge, Dodge and Burn
          1. Blur and Sharpen Tools
          2. Smudge Tool
          3. Dodge and Burn Tools
          4. Sponge Tool
        4. Restoration in Action
          1. Moiré Patterns and “Buzz”
            1. Fixing flicker during scanning
            2. Fixing flicker in Photoshop
          2. Alignment
          3. Shot Composition
          4. Aspect Ratio
          5. Lens Correction
          6. Soft Focus
          7. Lens Blur
          8. Faded Historical Sources
          9. Missing Sky
    17. 11. Creating Backgrounds for Video
        1. Working with Gradients
          1. Gradient Editor
            1. Solid Editor
            2. Noise Editor
          2. Gradient Tool
          3. Gradient Fill Layer
          4. Gradient Map
        2. Working with Photo Sources
          1. Defocusing
          2. Creating a Screened Area
          3. Simplified Duotone
          4. Filtering
        3. Using Patterned Tiles
        4. Some Recipes
        5. Using Video Layers
          1. Choosing Footage
          2. Stacking Footage
          3. Blending Footage
          4. Looping the Background
    18. 12. Automation and History
        1. The Tools of the Trade
        2. Actions
          1. An Overview of the Actions Panel
          2. Using Built-in Actions
          3. Actions That Help the Video Pro
          4. How to Create and Save Actions
          5. How to Create Better Actions
        3. Automate Commands
          1. Batch Processing
          2. Droplets
          3. Crop and Straighten Photos
          4. Other Automate Commands
        4. Scripts
          1. Image Processor
          2. Delete All Empty Layers
          3. Flatten All Layer Effects and Flatten All Masks
          4. Export Layers to Files
        5. History States
          1. Configuring History States
          2. Accessing History States
          3. Performing Multiple Undos
          4. Using Snapshots
        6. Automation with Adobe Bridge
          1. Batch Renaming Files
          2. PDF Contact Sheet and Presentation Output
          3. Web Gallery Output
    19. 13. The Road to Video
        1. Final Testing on a Broadcast Monitor
          1. Video Preview Plug-In
          2. Professional Video Cards
          3. HDMI Connections
        2. Getting Client Approval
        3. Choosing the Right File Format
          1. File Extensions
          2. Common File Formats Used by the Video Industry
        4. Preserving Flexibility
        5. Annotating with the Note Tool
        6. Archiving Your Work
        7. What’s Next?
    20. A. Advanced Learning Opportunities
        1. Adobe Certified Training Providers
        2. Industry Certifications
        3. Recommended Reading
          1. Books on Photoshop
          2. Books and Online Training on Type
          3. Books and Discs on Motion Graphics
        4. Photoshop Web Sites
          1. Tutorials and Support
          2. Filters
          3. Actions, Styles, and Add-Ons
        5. Conferences with Extensive Coverage of Photoshop for Video
    21. B. Tech Support
        1. Practical Tech Support
        2. Technical Support on the Web
    22. C. Integrating Adobe Photoshop with Adobe Production Premium
        1. What Is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for Premiere Pro?
        2. What About HD Graphics?
        3. What Is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for After Effects?
        4. What About Designing for Adobe Encore?
        5. What About Oversized Graphics?
        6. Which File Types Are Supported?
        7. Which Bit Depths Are Supported?
        8. Design with RGB or 601 Levels?
        9. Which Major Photoshop Features Import?
        10. How Do You Import Graphics into Adobe Production Studio?
        11. How Do You Export Video Frames from Your System?
    23. D. Integrating Adobe Photoshop with Apple Final Cut Studio
        1. What Is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for This System?
        2. What About HD Graphics?
        3. What About Designing for DVD Studio Pro?
        4. What About Oversized Graphics?
        5. Which File Types Are Supported?
        6. Which Bit Depths Are Supported?
        7. Design with RGB or 601 Levels?
        8. Which Major Photoshop Features Import?
        9. Which Photoshop Features Do Not Import?
        10. How Do You Import Graphics into Final Cut Pro?
        11. How Do You Import Graphics into Motion?
        12. How Do You Export Video Frames from Your System?
        13. General Usage Tips for Final Cut Pro
    24. E. Integrating Adobe Photoshop with Avid Editing Systems
        1. What Is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for This System?
        2. What About HD Graphics?
        3. What About Oversized Graphics?
        4. Which File Types Are Supported?
        5. Which Bit Depths Are Supported?
        6. Design with RGB or 601 Levels?
        7. What Major Photoshop Features Import?
        8. Which Photoshop Features Do Not Import?
        9. How Do You Import Graphics into the System?
        10. How Do You Export Video Frames from Your System?
        11. General Usage Tips for Avid Editing Systems
    25. F. Integrating Adobe Photoshop with Sony Vegas
        1. What Is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for This System?
        2. What About HD Graphics?
        3. What About Oversized Graphics?
        4. What File Types Are Supported?
        5. Which Bit Depths Are Supported?
        6. Design with RGB or 601 Levels?
        7. Which Photoshop Features Import?
        8. Importing Graphics into the System
        9. Exporting Video Frames from Your System
        10. General Usage Tips for Vegas
    26. Glossary