Extract Images From Video Clips in Photoshop


When it comes to extract images from video clip Photoshop have handy command for that job. Command is located under File > Import > Video Frames to Layers… 

Templates, Actions, Patterns, Styles, Frames


Next action is to navigate to and select video clip from which you want to extract images then click Load button at bottom of Load dialog.
First choose video from which to extract images
Choose video from which to extract image

Import Video To Layers dialog will appear in which you want to use Selected Range Only and to select portion of video clip by moving slider below preview of video clip. Ensure that you have this option turned on and range on slider selected, because extracting entire clip can cost you some time and frustration. You will also get and feedback when you did not set things properly. Warning message that operation will produce a large document will appear, just click Cancel and try again.
Warning dialog
Warning dialog

To select range first move slider to some point on timeline (slider below clip preview) till you see scene or frame to extract. Hold down Shift then click near that point to see selected range which is represented with darker color. Next operation is to choose Limit To Every 2-5 frames, turn off Make Frame Animation to skip because you want images not animation in this case and click OK button.
Select range on timeline
Select range on timeline

That’s it, you have several layers with images to choose one or more you like.
Layers panel with extracted frames
Layers panel with extracted frames
Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

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