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Making Lower Thirds Part 2

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CreativeCOW presents Adobe Photoshop Restoring Photos Part 2 -- Video Training

Richard Harrington Richard Harrington
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It the second part of this Adobe Photoshop video tutorial series, Richard Harrington continues to show how to design lower third graphics. Lower thirds are used in displaying information in your video projects, shows, or movies. You will also learn many design tips and tricks to increase your Photoshop productivity for video creation.







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Re: Making Lower Thirds Part 2
by Richard Harrington
Throw unwanted alphas into trash (bottom of panel)

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques
Re: Making Lower Thirds Part 2
by Kristen Heath
My lower third is beautiful (in my eyes anyway), thanks!

I have run into a hiccup when it comes to utilizing it. It popped into Premiere (Pro CS4, Windows 7) without a problem, but now I need another one with a different name. So far the only way I have found is to create a new one-or 'save as' and change the name and create a new Alpha layer. Now I have all sorts of alpha layers and the actions script is getting confused....

Two questions: is there an easier way to utilize my lower third as a template? How can I get my 'Alpha 1' layer back so the script will work properly again?

~Kristen
Making Lower Thirds Part 2 - Alpha Channels
by Andrew Jondahl
Thanks for a great tutorial.

I got all the way to the end and had trouble on the last step. I tried to create the alpha channel following your instructions. However, when I click the 'play' button, the program seems to respond but does not create a 'Channels' tab between 'LAYERS' and 'PATHS'.

What am I doing wrong? I tried saving as a .tif anyway and importing to FCP, but received an error message: "File Error: 1 file(s) recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown."
Making Lower Thirds Part 2
by Dan Quintero
Thanks!
Making Lower Thirds Part 2
by Richard Harrington
Simply delete the old alpha channel
Then make a new one with the Alpha Channel action in PS
Making Lower Thirds Part 2
by Stephen Lee
I would add the text alpha to the original alpha channel (Alpha1) by activating the alpha channel for the text layer in Layers and proceed to the Channels Panel and fill the selection in white. Photoshop should only use the Channel marked Alpha1 as the alpha channel for the image. It's odd that another channel is being generated unless you are working in quick mask mode. Unfortunately, I'm not sitting in front of PS to test. Try this and see if it doesn't help. Cheers, Stephen
Making Lower Thirds Part 2
by Dan Quintero
How would I update or change the lower thirds text? When I do it, another alpha channel is made and appears in FCP.

Thanks for the tutorial.
Making Lower Thirds Part 2 - Photoshop for Video
by Stephen Lee
This is great except if you apply the alpha channel you made to the current image, which already has a gradation, it will lighten the opacity further. The alpha channel should be added to a fully opaque image.


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