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Hi, I was wondering, Can you import a PSD file with preserved layers into Premiere Elements 7? Whenever I import my .psd file, the layers come in merged. How can you import the file's layers for editing in elements 7?
"Can you import a PSD file with preserved layers into Premiere Elements 7?
... How can you import the file's layers for editing in elements 7?"
While some programs (After Effects, for example) can provide access to the
individual layers in a PSD file, Premiere Elements is not one of them. It
reads the composite image from the PSD which is essentially a flattened
image. If you need the individual layers, you will have to save each layer
as a separate file. Photoshop CS3 has a script that will do that for you
(File>Scripts>Export Layers to Files...). If you do not have Photoshop CS3,
you can manually save each layer as a separate PSD. A bit of work, but it
can be done if you really need to do it.
Your msg did not come up for how to do timelapse in Prem 4?
In Premiere Pro, you can choose to Flatten, or to retain the Layer structure in a Sequence, with Layered PSDs. This is great for animating the Layers. Used with Layer Comps, one can create a lot of AE-like animations. Really neat. Unfortunately, it does not seem possible with PE.
For what's it's worth, you can edit a PSD file in Photoshop while you have Premiere Elements open with the same PSD on the timeline. AFter making edits in Photoshop and saving, you change focus back to Premiere Elements where you will see the PSD on the timeline updated. Sometimes I've had to switch the focus twice before I saw the changes.
Thank you. I called and spoke with Adobe on this very issue and their own people told me yes I could import psd layers individually. This is not the case with PE4 and I was considering upgrading to PE7 for this reason. Then I decided to ask the pros, this forum. Thanks, because I really don't see the advantage of PE7 over PE4. I really don't care about the membership which is what Adobe seems to be pushing. I don't see where I'm getting that much more for the money. I had just purchased PE4 before the ability to receive free upgrade because the PE7 announcement.
I think the way around this issue is to save each layer individually, but what a pain! I would love to get Ppro but with this economy, I'll wait and make do.
Just curious why you need Pre Pro?
Donna wants a PSD file to come into Premiere Elements as individual layers, Loretta. That is not a function of Premiere Elements 7.
There are a number of great advantages to version 7, though. And you can see them in my article for http://muvipix.com.
"What's New in Version 7?" available for free download at:
As per Steve's reply, I would like to preserve each layer of a still and bring them in individually and you can not do that with PE4 or PE7, even tho I was told otherwise.
Steve, I don't have time to go thru all the articles, what would be great is to find out exactly what the differences are between PE4 and PE7. Adobe really doesn't even list that many changes, therefore my statement of why PE7 over PE4, especially if you are not interested in the membership.
Donna, the link I posted above shows you a page on which is the article "What's New in Premiere Elements 7". It's a PDF download.
The article lists virtually every new feature, describes each and even shows you illustrations of what some of them look like and do.
The article is free. No obligation. I think you have to sign on to the site to download it, but that costs nothing and you have no obligation there either (although it does give you access to the best, friendliest, most knowledgeable Premiere Elements Community forum you'll find anywhere in the world).
If you really want a deeper understanding of Premiere Elements (all versions) or just want to pick up a couple of how-to articles, tutorials, stock media, custom-designed DVD templates, sound effects or motion backgrounds, that's the place to be.
Thanks for the info, I did get on and read the article. I also have a membership with Lynda.com who does a fantastic job with their training videos.
I'll go back to my original comment. There are not enough changes to make upgrading from PE4 to PE7 worth the almost $80. It seems as if there is more fluff than anything else. I'm use to PE4 and from the limited amount of changes it's not worth it. If I spend the money, I would rather wait until I can get Premier Pro, so I guess I either find a different solution or wait and save my pennies. I also have Vegas Studio 8 which is basically the same.
BTW how much do you know about soundbooth? I know that this is a subject for a different forum, but no one there has answered any of my questions about importing audio/video.
I must say, I have gotten much more info from these forums then from Adobe direct. Their people are friendly but not very educated in the products.
Thanks again Steve, Cheers!
Well, that's the thing about upgrades. They're only worth the cost if the features are things you'll use!
You can save each layer of the PSD file as a separate image and bring them all into Premiere Elements, I have done that on occasion.
I think the big selling point in PRE7 is the themes. They are massively improved over PRE4 ansd offer some really cool effects.
Thanks Chuck. That's what I eluded to in my post. That in order to accomplish you would have to save each individual layer as a seperate file. Guess I didn't word it clear enough.
I probably didn't read your post right Donna, never hurts to repeat the best solutions anyway :)
Do not know if you are using PS, or PSE. There may be big differences. Though I use P-Pro and just Import my PSD's as a Sequence (can't do that in PE), I often need to save my Layers as individual Files. In PS (from CS upwards), you choose File>Export>Layers As Files. Done.
I do similar, with my DVD Menus, where I build Transitions (often Button Transitions, or AVI's to Transition), and need to Export different Button states. I just go through and turn on the appropriate Highlight Layer, then Flatten, Save_As (name with that Button Highlighted), go to History Palette and step up to before Flatten, turn off that Button's Highlight, go to next and turn on - repeat, as needed. I do this enough, that I built an Action and just hit F12. Now, I do still need to turn on each Highlight Layer separately, but have been too lazy to write a conditional script to step through each and do it automatically.
For what I think you wish to do, the File>Export>Layers As Files, will work nicely.
Thank you so very much for the info. I will give this a try. I just purchased PS CS3, to see if it would make the process easier. I had been using PE before. I will definitely give this a try.
I would love to get Premiere Pro, but the cost is prohibitive at this point.
Thanks so very much, I really appreciate your input. This is getting printed off and kept with my software DVD!