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Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make custom lower thirds in Photoshop. Part 3 of 3. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Now, let us finish this off with a quick logo in the corner. I have drop the logo down here, and that works pretty well. And what I am doing here is positioning it inside of action safe. Now, it does not have to be inside of title safe, but it does need to be inside of the action safe zone.
Action safe is the innermost 90% of the graphic. This is because that last a little bit tends to get clip when you display it on a traditional television.
Now, that is looking pretty good and we will go ahead and finesse that. Notice, it’s got a bevel and emboss on it and because I am using the global light, the shadow that was created over here with its light also applies the same lighting source here to the bevel.
We can go ahead and thwick that a little it, play with the size and the softness of the bevel to make it very gentle, and then we will go ahead and help that standout a little bit with an outer glow, and take the opacity of that down just a bit.
Let set that to closer to just 25% so it is a very gentle edge -- and we can click Okay.
Now at this point, it is just about set for your video document. Let us finish this off with an Alpha Channel.
Anything that does not belong on the graphic should be turn off, so we will turn off the title safe overlay and we will turn off the placement image. This is important because if you leave those on, they will show up in the final graphic.
Next, go back to your actions palette. And inside the video set is an action for Alpha channels. Remember, if your video actions do not appear, just click on the sub menu and load the video actions.
You can now select the first one which is Alpha channel from visible layers. If you are working at an avid system, choose the second one which will invert the Alpha channel which is the avid requires.
Grab the top one here, click play, and it will go through and generate the Alpha Channel for you. If we look over in the channels palette, you will see it right there. There is a perfect Alpha Channel with wrap transparency and all the edges we need.
At this point, it is really simple. Save this file as a TIFF document. You can go ahead and save files, save as, target the location, and save it as a TIFF file.
Now the reason why I like TIFF is this, the advantages of TIFF is that when you imported into a video program, it comes in as a flatten file. But, that Alpha Channel makes it key perfectly. However, when you open the file back up in the Photoshop, it has all of it is layers intact.
This combination of flexible editing in Photoshop with clean importing into the video environment makes TIFF my preferred format of choice.
Now after you click Save, it is going to ask you a couple of options:
Do you want compression?
Do not apply any compression to the image and DO NOT say that you want to save transparency.
I know that we said we want a transparency, but this is where the program gets a little contradictory. You need the Alpha channel for transparency. However, if you check to save transparency box, then that transparency of the document in the Alpha channel will conflict with one another and you will not get a good key over in the video program.
So at this point, we can go ahead and click Okay and the file will be written. So that is it. You got a clean file that is ready key into your video program and should go over a video source and key in real time.
Plus, if you need to, you can return to Photoshop, edit the text layers, and then all you need to do is throw with the Alpha Channel and run that action again. Close and save the document, and you are all set.
Be sure to check out this flexibility because it really works well.
Now, a lot of you have been viewers of the Podcast but you are not aware that we actually have a book by the same name. So, the show of course is Photoshop for Video, and you can get the book by the same name at photoshopforvideo.com.
The book is published by Focal Press, and we have got a special update coming in about a month that you will be able to download. That will give you some new information that you might be looking forward too.
Be sure to check out the book at photoshopforvideo.com, and for the broadcast, I am Rich Harrington.