November 13, 2020 Training

Photoshop Tips

You can add patterns on light colored backgrounds to dark colors by converting pattern to smart object, Image > Adjustments > Invert, Screen

Alt + Option + Click/Drag will create duplicate that you are moving around

Direct Select shapes, Ctrl + X, Paste into other shape layer to condense

Ctl+E to flatten selection

Ctrl+, (comma) hides selected layers

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Ben Marriot Tips/Tricks

Use pickwhips to mimic parallax-type of effects (without having to fuss with the camera)

Posterize time effect can give animations a frame by frame look

Turbulent Displace effect adds boil (gives edges of shapes slight animated texture)


Keeps stroke the same even if shape is scaled up/down, apply to Stroke Width property

value/length(toComp([0,0]), to Comp([.7071,.0,7071])) || 0.001;

Keeps scale of object separate from parent layers, apply to scale

s = [];

ps = parent.transform.scale.value;

for( i= 0; i<ps.length; i++){

S[i] = value[i]*100/ps[i};



Gives object opposite rotation to parent (ferris wheel example), Apply to rotation


Ctrl+ALt+Y adds adjustment layer (be clicked on layer you want to add adjustment to)

Create continuously looping animations without extra keyframes


    LoopOut(“pingpong”; (cycles back and forth)

Premiere Pro Tips/Tricks

Offset Effect — can create looping animation, useful for backgrounds under more important text

Denoise Effect — can be used to remove bg humming

Lowpass Effect — removes high end of range to give effect that the sound is further away

Masking Transitions

Cut first shot at point where subject being masked has completely left the frame.

Find place in first shot where masking edge on subject hasn’t ENTERED the frame yet.

Match start of second shot to the location found above.

Apply mask under opacity and check Invert box

    Repeat mask tracing for every frame until first clip has ended

Speed ramping can help smooth the transition

Other Masking Techniques

Remove unwanted objects (cliffnotes)

Duplicate track, apply opacity mask on new layer, then move masked portion over what you want to remove, increase feathering

Combining clips

Apply opacity mask on one track that you want to remove. Invert mask and apply to other clip. Remove feathing. Match reference points of two clips