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How to create a bunch of subtitle RT Tiffs with Adobe PhotoShop.

psTitles is a little app which uses PhotoShop's built in AppleScript support to create subtitles or titles in a batch routine. It's not a real one click operation and requires a little bit of knowledge of Adobe's PhotoShop. It requires to be an owner of Adobe PhotoShop and have it installed.

The app's interface is quite simple.

First select your video format. Next select the font - the app will list all fonts available, this doesn't mean that PhotoShop can work with them so do a test upfront. Other font settings are pretty clear.

The layer style is bit more complicated as it needs to be an existent layer style in PhotoShop. You can add as many layer styles as you want to the app's style list. How to create a PS layer style is explained in the PhotoShop manual.
The "Use Box" will create a colored box around the given text for a title. The box can be extended 'centered' to the text a user selected amount of pixels. You can also create a 'full screen' box.

Finally set up the destination folder and a base name for the title(s). The final file name will be based upon this and will be extended by a number like 'Test_0001'.

For testing or not timed titles type or paste your titles into the text view on the right. To create a new title hit return twice, to create an empty line in a title the text line needs to have a return plus a 'space' character.
More than 2 following returns will create leading empty lines.

Then hit the 'Create Title Test File(s)' button and have a coffe break if there are many titles.
The app will safe those titles as 'Layered TIFFs' with alpha support.

To create a bunch of timed from a text based STL press 'cmd-i' or use the button 'Load STL Text File'. This will create an EDL with references to the subtitles and an XML which can be used with FCP below version 10.

Then hit the 'Create Title Test File(s)' button and have a coffe break if there are many titles.
The app will safe those titles as 'Layered TIFFs' with alpha support.

 
To add a layer style go to 'Tools -> Manage PS Layer Styles'.

Press "Add" and type in exactly the name of the style as it is shown in PS. You can 'copy/paste' to make sure no typos will happen.
Then click done.





About 'layered TIFFs':
They do have the advantage first of all to be real time in FCP. The next even maybe better feature is that the still have kept all PS information intact. So using 'opt-return' with a selected title will open PhotoShop and all text and effects are as with the original document and can be edited - nothing is merged/flattened like with PNGs

Requirements:
Apple MacOS 10.5 or higher
Adobe PhotoShop



Download the app here.


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