Convert a video into images using Photoshop

To promote hot products on your site, you may think of image sliders on your home page, product pages and category pages. Photoshop is a great tool that can help web designers make all kinds of banners, sliders for displaying on their sites. Is your site powered by WordPress? Check out this guide to add image slider to WordPress header. Most animations or photo slideshows are actually a sequence of still images. If you have recorded a video and want to export static images from the video for a photo slideshow on your site, how do you convert a video into images? Taking a video screenshot or snapshot? Although you can do it easily, check out this guide to take screenshot on Windows 10 computer. The image quality will be downgraded. In fact, Photoshop can also help us export images from a video with full image size, no quality loss. We will find it out in this article. It’s actually pretty simple. Note that we will use Photoshop CS6 in the demo. If you are using a different version, you may find some difference in either appearance or functionality. If you do not have Photoshop, scroll down to the page bottom and find out other ways and tools you can use to extract photos from videos on your computer.

Export image frames from a video using Photoshop

We know that a video is consisted of image frames and background sound. Photoshop can help us select and extract any image frames from a video. Launch the Photoshop. Go to File > Import > Video Frames to Layers…., then find and try to open the source video file.

import video frames to layers in photoshop cs6 on pc

After that you will get the ‘Import Video to Layers‘ settings screen where you can choose the range to import. For example, you can choose to import from beginning to end or select a range only.

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If the source video is very long, use the trim controls below the video to specify the range to import and you can also limit to import every 2, 3 or more frames. Photoshop will then make layers from the video frames. Go to the Layers at the lower right corner of Photoshop, you can find only the first layer is visible. You can click the Lock icon before a layer to preview the picture. Once you have found the frame you like to save. Click to select and make it the current layer, also make sure it is the only visible layer. Click File > Save As …., then choose a output folder, file name, file format and proceed to export the image from video in Photoshop. You can tweak the settings to compress the image, choose file quality, file size during the image exporting process.

Go to find the extracted image frames in File Explorer on your PC and open it with Photoshop, web browser or other image tools to preview it. If the source video is a 1080p HD video, the extracted images will also be 1080p, the same size as the video. If need, you can also load the images to Photoshop or other image editors you have and edit them before publishing to your site.

Converting video to pictures alternatives

If you do not have Photoshop, there are many alternatives you can try. For example, you can take a video snapshot in Windows Movie Maker. This free tool however will cause image quality loss. To get the image in full size or resolution, you can follow this guide to convert videos to photos on computer using a third party media editor software.

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