Importing Photoshop Layers into Premiere

If you have an Adobe Premiere system, then you may like to consider importing some Photoshop layers onto your movie or clip. Adding Photoshop layers to a different piece of software can seem like a complicated process, but the effect you get will be good enough to make the effort worthwhile. If you want to take some of your Photoshop layers and use them in a film, then importing them into Adobe Premiere could not be easier.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Computer
  • Media Files

Step 1: Make Your Layers

Design the pictures that you want in your Adobe Photoshop. You can do this using any basic Photoshop software, so long as you create the files and then save them in a folder on your hard drive. You should make sure that you also save the files under a memorable name, as you will need to locate them quickly and easily when you are opening them in Adobe Premiere. Make as many layers as you like, and then save them to a PSD format file. Perform any editing that you want to do to these layers before you try opening them up in the Premiere software.

Step 2: Open Adobe Premiere

Once you have the layers as you want them, you should then open up your Adobe Premiere file, and locate the File tab from your main menu. Open up this file, and you will see an Import tab. Click on this tab to open up the files that are available for you to import.

Step 3: Open the File

Once you have opened up the Import tab, you will be presented with all of the available files that you can used. Find and then select the Photoshop file which you want to use. Click the open button. You will then be offered the opportunity to import your layered files, with the title of the file appearing across the top.

Step 4: Choose Your Import as Options

You will be offered a series of options about how you would like to import the files. From the Import As button, you can choose to import the layers as Footage, which will only take in the single image. Then, repeat it throughout the length of your movie, or as Sequence, where the layers of the file are turned into frames and placed in a sequence. You will be able to find these as different clips in Adobe Premiere files.

Step 5: Choose Your Layer Options and Footage Dimensions

These two options offer you the chance to manipulate your Adobe Photoshop layers before you save them in Premiere. You can merge your layers into a single frame, or choose a layer to import, while the others are left in the PSD file and not used. In Footage Dimensions, you can dictate the size of the file, so it matches your movie frame size, or keep the layers the same size as the original PSD document.

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