Turning Video into Photos with Photoshop CS6 (Video)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 5, 2012

Category: General

Hi Folks,

How’s things?

How good were the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations; such a great few days 🙂

Ok so for today I have a video for you that I have recorded and it’s all about turning your video footage into photos.

So what do I mean? Well nowadays there are so many ways that we can record video; we have the traditional hand held camcorders, our mobile phones can now record in High Definition and of course DSLR’s can too. More and more I’m finding myself watching back video footage and thinking that certain parts of it would make great photos but the question is…how can we do that?

Well in this short video tutorial I’ll show you how using Photoshop CS6 you can convert the frames that go to make up your video into image files and what’s more it’s incredibly easy; hope you enjoy it 🙂

As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time,

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. DaveT

    Thanks Glyn, this is a potentially useful tool for capturing a still from an action sequence. The only downside I can see is creating lots of Jpeg files but I suppose you could just delete the ones that aren’t required.

    From your experience so far of using video files,do you store your video files on a separate drives to your images?


    • Glyn

      Hi Dave,
      Yeah the disadvantage is that there can be alot of files created but the advantage is that you don’t get the ‘blur’ that you would if you tried to scrub through the footage and then copy/paste the contents…if that makes sense.

      As for storing video footage…funny you should say that cos I’m now getting an external drive to store it on 🙂

      Glyn 🙂

  2. DaveT

    Thanks Glyn, yes it makes sense.

    The video footage thing looks as it might be a real space hog so I too am looking at a separate hard drive for my video clips, hence my question.

    I want to keep the video clips separate from my stills, and I am also thinking of creating a separate catalogue in Lightroom just for the video footage.


  3. Dylan

    Hey Gly, thanks for this video it’s almost specifically what I’ve been looking for.

    However, I was wondering if there is a way to render the video into frames but have the frames remain in Photoshop so you can edit each one? In CS5 they had the Animations panel but now it seems that has been replace with just the Timeline that only allows you to edit it as a whole.

    I’d like to be able to separate the video into images and edit each image/frame right in Photoshop.

    Thanks again!

  4. Zachary Ryals

    When I try to do this it says it cannot render due to the fact
    that the video is open! I do not even understand



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