One of the toughest and most annoying parts of creating a video project is building a good looking lower-third graphic. When many people add names and titles in post, they often just use a standard font with nothing that looks like an actual lower-third graphic by a professional. This makes the video look amateur.
I recently was working on a project where I shot some video on my iPad and used Premiere Clip to start the editing process before finishing in Premiere Pro CC. I was on a plane with minimal leg and arm room (I won’t name the airline), and I wanted to do as much as I could on the iPad. With Adobe Comp, I started thinking about how a video guy could use the app to build graphics, and it’s quite easy.
First, you have to start with creating a new template in Comp. I went with what I call “poor man’s HD” – 1280 x 720.
Then I started building my concept. I used shapes and pulled in graphics I had built in Adobe Shape or the Creative Cloud Market. I added some text and adjusted the opacity of the waves to give my graphic some texture. Notice that I don’t have any background. Comp automatically makes the white background into transparent when you send to Photoshop CC. If you need a guide, you can add a screenshot of your video (if you are doing an interview) and then delete that layer later in Photoshop or before you send it to the desktop.
Next, I tapped the share icon and then tapped “Send to Photoshop.” In about 10 seconds, it popped up on my machine that I was logged into the Creative Cloud with. The great thing about this is I actually was able to send it from my iPad and open it up as soon as I got home on my other computer with Creative Cloud on it.
I changed the text on the graphic in Photoshop and saved a copy for each graphic I needed. You can also create copies of the graphic in Comp and change the text there.
Finally, I imported the .PSD file into Premiere Pro CC and laid it on a new video track. I added a few dissolves at the beginning and end of the transition to make it fade on and off.
The time I saved here was significant because I am not a Photoshop nor Illustrator expert. I was able to create a simple graphic with a mobile workflow. What are some other projects you have used Comp for?
(via Photoshop.com) Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of new Photoshop CC features for Creative Cloud members. This update to Photoshop CC (version 14.1) includes an exciting new technology, Adobe Generator, which allows new workflows, especially for web designers, screen designers, and anyone who needs to extract image assets out of a Photoshop document.
For more information about Adobe Generator, including videos, please click here.
Thomas Knoll, Photoshop co-inventor, provides insights on the fascinating history of Photoshop, the recent shift to the Creative Cloud, and the new Photoshop Photography Program:
(watch) Thomas Knoll: The Story of Photoshop
Thomas Knoll, Photoshop co-inventor.
Do you enjoy a bit of friendly competition? Do you need to polish-up on your Photoshop skills? You can do both by downloading and playing LevelUp for Photoshop! LevelUp for Photoshop is a “game of missions” that will allow you to earn points – the more points you earn the better chance at winning prizes like Amazon gift cards and a chance to win a one-year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud! Heck, you also get the added benefit of learning more about Photoshop!
But you better hurry…because you must finish the game by midnight Pacific time on June 30, 2012, to be eligible for the Creative Cloud drawing.
Go check it out…http://success.adobe.com/microsites/levelup/index.html
Adobe “Tutorial Builder” is like the “Harry Potter” of tutorial applications! This amazing application from Adobe Labs magically records your Photoshop knowledge into slick tutorials that can be shared via iPad. So…what’s so magical about it? Press the instructional link on the iPad and it will demonstrate the referenced step in Photoshop. This instructional hocus-pocus creates a communication channel between your tablet and a computer running Photoshop using the TouchSDK.
Tutorial Builder looks like a great application to add to your instructional “charm bag”!
Try it out…
In my last tutorial I showed you how to take an image and apply that image to a 3D object in Photoshop. In this tutorial I will show you how to publish a 3D layer to PDF. Anybody with Acrobat Reader will then be able to interact with your 3D object.
- Create a 3D object in Photoshop (tutorial here)
- Right click on the 3D layer
- Select Export 3D layer
- Name the file and select U3D from the Format dropdown menu
- Click the Save button
- The 3D Export Options dialogue box will open.
- Make sure that JPEG is selected from the Texture Format dropdown
- Use ECMA1 for the U3D Options
The steps above exported the Photoshop layer to a U3D file. The U3D file can now be published to PDF.
- Open Adobe Acrobat X
- Select File>Created PDF>From File
- Browse to the U3D file you saved earlier
- An Insert 3D dialogue box will open. Select OK (You may want to check out the “Advanced” options by clicking on the Show Advanced Options check box. There are some neat options to play around with).
- Click on your 3D object to interact with it. Also notice the 3D tool bar that appears.
Cool! Now anybody with Acrobat Reader can view your 3D content!
Imagine a satellite traveling thousands of miles into space, flying around distant planets, snapping pictures of their surfaces, and returning the images to Earth. Well, it has been done, and the images are amazing (Thanks NASA).
What is even more amazing is that you can find the images using a simple Internet search (keywords: Jupiter, surface, map) and wrap them around 3D objects created in Photoshop!
This makes for a great student project.
Here is how…http://youtu.be/uqQ9TTALw7U
In my next tutorial I will show you how to export the 3D layer to an Acrobat PDF file. This will allow mom, dad, or another student to view and manipulate the 3D object using the (free) Acrobat Reader.
Valhalla High School teacher Mike Skocko keeps learning exciting and in balance in his Mac Lab.
When it comes to learning Adobe software and technologies there is a fantastic cornucopia of terrific choices out there: great books, in-person seminars, online webinars, weekend hands on intensives and much, much more. I’m a visual learner so when it comes to my own way of learning Adobe tools I tend to gravitate towards one of the super online video offerings from companies like: KelbyTraining.com, VTC.com, TotalTraining.com, AtomicLearning.com, Lynda.com or our very own Adobe TV.
With the exception of Adobe TV mentioned above all of these training companies offer deep discounted education pricing to educators who subscribe to their offerings and in my humble opinion they are a super value. But what if I told you there is another source of terrific online video training available on Adobe tools and to access the videos it won’t cost you a dime?
Enter amazing prolific powerhouse Mike Skocko (pronounced skotch-ko) of Valhalla High School in El Cajon California who has produced and posted over 3,000 online video tutorials (no that’s not a typo – 3,000 and counting!) covering a wide range of Adobe tools and technologies. Best part, they’re totally FREE to watch and learn from. In fact Mike already has close to 300 videos on many of the current Adobe CS5 tools posted online and adds new ones daily.
Mike stated to me recently (and in the most humble way) he would have had near five hundred videos posted on the Adobe CS5 tools by now but since he was recently derailed by being accepted into Adobe’s Education Leaders (AEL) program and simultaneously started work on a Masters Program along with his fulltime teaching duties at Valhalla High, he’s only been able to add one video tutorial post per day. One per day!? Five per week!? Twenty per month!? Are you kidding me Mike!? I’m lucky if I can find the time to write three blog posts here on the Adobe Education Technologies Blog per month! So now dear blog readers you know why Mike has been picked by me as a Prolific Powerhouse Person here on our blog.
I encourage you to check out Mike’s excellent videos on Adobe’s software tools and share this great and free learning resource with your students and education associates far and wide.
The Mac Lab’s Online Adobe Software Tutorials can be found HERE.
Check out a cool interview Mike conducted with one of his former Students HERE.