How to Import Video Frames in Photoshop

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How to Import Video Frames in Photoshop
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Adobe Photoshop is a popular resource for editing photos and images and is the industry standard for photo editing. However, it works for more than photos. Many artists use it for colouring images, creating web layouts and other graphic designs, including editing frames. Photoshop even allows you to import and edit video stills and image sequences. Whether you are editing video stills for a DVD package or need to adjust single frames, Photoshop allows you the flexibility to get the job done.

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    Importing Video Stills

  1. 1

    Export a still image as a JPEG, GIF or PNG file from your video-editing program.

  2. 2

    Open a new Photoshop document. Click File>Import. Find the exported still and image and click “Open.” The file will be imported into a layer. You will be able to make destructive edits to this file. This means that if you edit the layer, you will also edit the source file.

  3. 3

    Edit the layer using a variety of Photoshop tools.

    Importing Image Sequences

  1. 1

    Export a video file or image sequence. An image sequence file is a set of images put together into one movie sequence.

  2. 2

    Open a Photoshop document.

  3. 3

    Click “File>Place.” The “Place” window will appear. Here you can either select the video file and click “Place,” or select one image sequence file, select “Image Sequence File” and the click “Place.” The image will remain a “Smart Object,” meaning that it will preserve the original source file when you make edits. This keeps you from making destructive edits.

  4. 4

    Transform, rotate or warp the file and then click the “Commit Transform” button.

  5. 5

    Edit the layer.

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