|Making a Photoshop Video: Actions, Batches and You
I've always wanted to combine some video action with the look of a pencil drawing or the flatness of clip art. However, there were many roadblocks in my way. I certainly couldn't afford an animator to sit down and draw hundreds of images and didn't have the time to even consider tracing all the images myself.
I got a swift kick in my reality when I saw the U.S. TV commercials for Chuck Schwab Investments. It looked as if a piece of clip art was moving as smoothly as video and I was absolutely sure that they didn't draw it frame by frame. But as it turns out, they did do that, but through manual rotoscoping. Still, a very long process.
This tutorial will teach you how to do a very similar thing. Using only Photoshop actions, batches, Quicktime Pro and a short digitized video clip, you can accomplish great results.
This project will take you through the 5 steps that will make a Photoshop video.
Step 1: Prepare the video by splitting it into individual files.
Step 2: Make an action, purchase an action or get free ones online, which manipulates the image the way you want the image to look. In this tutorial, we'll create a simple action step by step.
Step 3: Set-up Photoshop's Batch command.
Step 4: Run the Batch command.
Step 5: Combine the individual processed images back into a video file.
Along with using Photoshop, this project will require Quicktime Pro, which is a simple and inexpensive upgrade to the free Quicktime player that is available cross platform for both Mac and Windows.