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PostSubject: Animation in PS Tutorial №1 - Basic Animation   Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:33 pm

Photoshop Animation Tutorial №1
Basic Animation

This tutorial will give you the basics on
making an animation in Adobe Photoshop
I want to make an animation of a bomb exploding in a field.
The first thing I do is open my picture that I want to use for a background.

I used this one:


Now I need to have all the parts for my explosion. I have them all in this one strip file. I open it in its own window.


The secret to doing animation in Photoshop is in the Layers and Animation Frames windows. If you don't see your Animation window at the bottom of the screen or Layers window on the right of the screen, go to Windows in the menu bar and select Layers and Animation.

What you need to remember is, all parts & pieces of the animation will go in the Layers Window. So I need to copy and paste each part of the explosion from my strip file. Just use the Rectangular Marquee Selection Tool to select each part.

Copy/paste into the animation. Make sure you do this in order or you'll get confused. You'll see that as you paste each part into the picture, it will add a layer in the layers window. You can move each part using the Move Tool to make sure it's where you want it.
Here's what your Layer Window will look like when you get all parts pasted in:

Now you need to make your frames of the animation. In the Layers Window you'll see an eyeball next to each layer. That shows that the layer is visible. Deselect all those (just click on them) except for the background layer. That needs to be visible in all frames. You'll see there is already a Frame #1 in the Animation Window. You'll see the background picture in it.

Time to put the first part of your explosion in your animation!
Click on Duplicate Frame () in the Animation Window

You'll see a duplicate of the first frame. To get the first part of the explosion in the picture, go to the Layer Window and click on the visibility box for the first part of the explosion (you'll see the eyeball show up). Now you should see it in the picture. Make sure it's where you want it. You can move it in the picture with the Move Tool (the arrow right above the Rectangular Marquee Selection Tool)

Click on add a New Frame again. Now deselect the first part of the explosion so it's not visible and click on the second part of the explosion.

Continue on in this manner until all parts of the explosion are added in their own frames. Now click Run You should see your animation.

It's running kind of fast at the default speed of "No Delay".
So we need to slow it down a little. Select the first frame, hold Shift and click on the last frame. All frames should be highlighted now.

On the frames you'll see a little triangle next to the 0 sec. Click on it and select .2 sec.

Now the animation runs a little more realistic.

The animation is set to loop by default. It looks unrealistic with the explosion starting right away again so I want it to sit idle for a little bit between explosions. Set the time for a couple of seconds or how ever long you want. Do this on just the first frame.

Now it looks better.

You can set the animation to loop continuously, once or whatever you like here:

When your all done go to Menu and select Save for Web and Devices.
Click Save
Your all done and congratulations on your first animation!    

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