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How to Edit a Video in Photoshop

Last updated: March 13, 2024 - 3 min read
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Editing a video in Photoshop can seem daunting. This article simplifies the process, offering a step-by-step guide that can enhance your video editing skills. Mastering this process can open up new creative possibilities and add a professional touch to your projects.

Step 1. Importing a Video File into Photoshop

To start editing a video in Photoshop, you first need to import your video file. Go to “File” > “Open” from the main menu, browse to your video file, select it, and click “Open”. Photoshop will load it as a layer in a new document.

Step 2. Converting Video Layer into a Smart Object

Converting your video layer into a Smart Object allows you to apply non-destructive edits. Right-click on the video layer in the Layers panel and select “Convert to Smart Object”.

Step 3. Using Timeline Panel

The Timeline panel is where you’ll do most of your editing. If it’s not visible, go to “Window” > “Timeline” to open it. The timeline shows your video’s frames and allows you to control playback.

Step 4. Editing Video on Timeline

Step 4.1. Trimming the Video

To trim your video, move the playhead to your desired start or end point, then drag the end of the clip towards the playhead.

Step 4.2. Splitting the Video Clip

To split a clip, position the playhead where you want to split, then click on the scissors icon in the Timeline panel.

Step 5. Adding Transitions

Transitions can be added between clips. Click on the square icon between clips in the Timeline panel, then choose your desired transition from the menu. Drag and drop the effect between the two clips

Step 6. Adding Text and Graphics to Video

To add text, select the Text tool from the Tools panel, click where you want to add text on the video, and start typing. Move the text layer above the Video Group. you can make it longer or shorter by clicking and holding either side of the layer and stretch it.

For graphics, go to “File” > “Place Embedded”, select your image file, and click “Place”.

Step 7. Applying Filters and Adjustments to Video

Filters and adjustments can be applied via Adjustment layers. Remember, these will affect the entire video if applied directly to the video layer.

Step 8. Adding Audio to Video

To add audio, go to the Timeline panel’s menu, select “Add Audio”, and choose your audio file. The audio will appear as a separate track in the timeline.

Step 9. Rendering and Exporting the Edited Video

Once you’re happy with your edits, go to “File” > “Export” > “Render Video”. Choose your desired settings, then click “Render” to create your final video.