This tutorial shows you how to extend a video to change its shape with Generative Fill in Photoshop.
Because we are using Generative Fill, it’s only found in the Photoshop beta at the moment.
Most video are horizontal. Sometimes you want to change a horizontal video to vertical or to square for social media such as Instagram reel, Youtube shorts or tie Tok. Or maybe you just want to recompose a video and need to extend the edges. Here is how.
On the left is before, on the right is after. Its generative fill, but this is working on a video in Photoshop.
Choose file>Open and choose your video, it will open in Photoshop and the timeline will appear. (Not all video formats are supported, but .mov H.264 is the most commonly used and supported format.)
For more on Photoshop and video check out this tutorial
If you look in the layers panel, you will see a video group. Everything in this video group will be on a single layer on the timeline. You will see why you need to know this soon.
Lets extend the canvas.
Choose the crop tool
Drag out the crop to extend the top or bottom. Tip: Find an edge that doesn’t have movement, or shoot a photo that only has movement in the middle. This technique won’t work properly on a video that has edge to edge movement.
Press enter to apply the crop. We have a 1:1 square crop here.
Grab the rectangular marquee selection tool
Drag over the blank area, making sure to overlap the existing pixels a little bit.
Choose Generative fill
Enter text for what you want to fill the blank layer with and then press generate
Because we are in the Video group in the layers panel, you will notice the generated layer (in purple) is added at the end of the timeline, rather than stacked on top of the video
Grab the Generated layer and drag it above the Video group in the Layers panel.
Drag the clip to the beginning of the timeline.
Drag the end of the generated layer in the timeline, so it’s the same duration as the video.
You can see its now extended.
Choose your favorite out of the variations (How to use Generative Fill in Photoshop)
Press the spacebar for the video to play. Notice how convincing this is. We have essentially created a Cinemagraph
Exporting the video
Once you have created this, you can save it as a PSD and everything will be as it was when you reopen the file. To share or distribute the result, it needs to be encoded as a video.
In Photoshop choose File>Export>Render Video
Use the default format or H.264
If you use the high quality preset, the video will render using the current dimensions.
You can choose different options from presets if you want to share the video on a specific platform, as it contains YouTube presets and more.
To learn more about video in Photoshop, I have created 2 courses
Video In Photoshop (Also available as a book from Peachpit press, authored by myself, Colin Smith)
Making Movies In photoshop
Check out the video above to see this in action.
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