2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2010 4:01 PM by the_wine_snob

    Imported psd becomes pixelated

    Adam T Lynch

      This is prob a dumb question with a simple answer but its been frustrating me. I am using Photoshop and Premiere Pro CS4 on windows 7. I have imported a psd into PP for a graphic background to the titling and the graphic is pixelated in the timeline but in the preview it is perfect quality. I have created the graphic in the ntsc dv designated .909 pixel. All the tutorials ive seen of imported psd's never have the pixelation issue i have, I do know that illustrator would solve the problem, but im better at using pshop. Any help would be helpful, Thanks

        • 1. Re: Imported psd becomes pixelated
          SFL46 Level 3

          pixilation is usually the result of a mismatch between the PSD file image dimensions and the timeline properties.  Does your PSD have dimesions of 720 x 480 pixels? (you said you were using NTSC and 0.909).  Since you are working with photoshop, set the image size dimensions to pixels versus inches. This saves you from having to convert inches by multiplying by the image resolution.


          if your image is, say, 72 x 48 pixels--PPro has to stretch each dimension 10 times--the result is pixiliation.


          All image scaling should be done in PS


          You are aware that PS has new image defualt sizes that correspond to all of the video formats?

          • 2. Re: Imported psd becomes pixelated
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            If I read correctly, your Preview is good, but it looks bad in the thumbnail in the Timeline. Is that correct? If so, don't even worry about that thumbnail. To judge the image, as well as you can without a calibrated NTSC CRT monitor run through an A-D device via FireWire, set you Program Monitor to 100% Magnification, and the Quality to Highest. Drag the corner of the Program Monitor until you have filled it up with the image. Still, that is an emulation, but should show things pretty clearly. To do better than that, the NTSC calibrated monitor is the only way to go beyond.


            I assume from your comments that your image IS sized for the NTSC Project, as you used that Preset in PS. Is that also correct? This is what you want to do, as the Scaling algorithms in PrPro are not as good as those in PS and offer less control.


            If I am totally confused as to where you're seeing the pixalization, let me know where I veered off the tracks, please.


            Good luck,