One of the cool things about Topaz that you might not know is that you can also edit and enhance your video footage. If you’ve ever seen those animated Charles Schwab commercials and thought: “that looks kind of cool!”, then you’ll be happy to know that you can also quickly and easily create some of those same effects on your own projects.

So, today I teamed up with our friend Greg and so we can show you how to apply your favorite Topaz imaging effects to video. I’ll start with a short overview to give you the basics of the workflow. Then we’ll look at a short video tutorial, created by Greg, so that you can see it in action. The most important thing to know, before you begin, is that this requires Photoshop Extended. You can use CS3 or above (Mac and Windows) but it will need to be the extended versions.

1. Start by opening your video footage. Go to File -> Open and select your video clip.

2. Go to your Layers Palette, select the Layer and right-click on it (CMD-click in you’re on Mac) and select “Convert it to a Smart Object”…which will apply your Topaz filter adjustments to every frame of your video.

3. Go to Window -> Animation. Click the “Play” button and you can see your video play. You can also select a specific frame as well if you’d like.

4. Go to Filter -> Topaz Labs and select a Topaz program

5. Select a preset or make manual adjustments to create the desired effects.

6. Once you are happy with your adjustments click OK save it back to Photoshop.

7. Go to File -> Export to save your video with your Topaz adjustments.

And that’s it! You now have a way to quickly and creatively enhance your video footage!

If you want to see it in action then checkout this quick video tutorial on editing your video footage with Topaz.

This post was originally posted on November 12, 2010
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