Editing Video in Photoshop

Updated: May 14

Most of the functions in Photoshop are not a huge stretch to learn. Admittedly though, they can sometimes appear a little intimidating. Editing video is one of those functions. When I first looked at it, it seemed overwhelming but after about an hour or so of research and working with the program I felt totally at ease. The learning curve is gradual and best of all it relies on many of the functions I’m already familiar with. You’ll find everything pretty much right where you remember it to be. The timeline interface is predictable and easy to use and adding audio is as easy as clicking a single button.

Up until now, I had been using I’d been using Apple’s latest version of iMovie to edit my videos…ugh. Maybe because I’m familiar with the Adobe programs or maybe because I’m just not in love with iMovie, I feel like comparing these two programs almost seems unfair. While iMovie is clunky and counter-intuitive Photoshop uses a platform I’m already comfortable with and allows me to do all the things I’m not able to do in iMovie. iMovie is great if you don’t mind using pre-formatted functions. Photoshop really allowed me to create whatever I wanted to and what's more, I feel like I’ve just started to scratch the surface. All in all, it was a great experience and I can’t wait to see what else I can do with it. The only drawback I’ve run into so far is that it tends to be a bit of a memory hog when working with it. File sizes, however, are still manageable so far. This file, for instance, is under 10mgs. If you’ve worked with video editing using Photoshop I’d love to hear about your experience and how it’s working out for you. If you are interested in learning more about video editing here are some of the resources I used.

I highly recommend: Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a book – (Ok yeah, the cover’s a little creepy but it’s a great book).

Please note that this article was written several years ago and we are now using Adobe Photoshop CC. while the programs have updated the tutorial info in this video still works. if you are interested in learning more I would suggest using taking a course or connecting with a good instructor to move you through the material at an accelerated rate.