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Adobe Photoshop - How to animate and export an animation

Joe Ghalbouni, I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!

Adobe Photoshop - How to animate and export an animation

Joe Ghalbouni, I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!

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2 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Animate and save an animation

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About This Class

Learn through this easy step by step tutorial how to create and export an animation! 

Through this tutorial you will learn the following skills:

  • Using the frame animation tool
  • Changing a layer visibility
  • Export an animation into a GIF file
  • Transform a selection
  • Redefine edges of a selection


This video is provided with its corresponding exercise files that you can download (Check the section Class Project).

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Joe Ghalbouni

I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!


"LearningWhilePracticing" has one of the most practical approaches when it comes to learning. Our goal is to let you be operational as quickly as possible while at the same grasping all the concepts required. Being able to work on your projects through a software while learning it at the same time, is a source of motivation that will make you go further.

Concept: Our concept is to provide for each software, a bunch of "how to do" videos, answering the most frequently searched terms. Because of how dynamic technology is, more and more videos will be added up gradually. For some software, we even opted for a full coverage.


Exercise Files: For each video, exercise files are provided in the ressources section. That way, you will be able to work on the exact same ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: the concept off learning While practicing iss simple. It allows you to learn through a fun project different tools in a softer, for example, and this animation tutorial you will learn about create frame animation, option layer visibility, frame duration, how to save an animation, how to transform this election freely and finally help to redefine Theo edges off the selection. So if you're interested in starting to learn how to animate, to not hesitate to unroll this course. 2. Animate and save an animation: in the following video, I'm going to teach you how to do an animation under for a shop. So first we have to make sure that the animation frame timeline is enabled in for a shock. So for this, we just go to Window Onda, we click on a timeline, and therefore, the timeline is now in the menu offered shop. So I'm gonna go to file open, and I'm going to choose these three pictures right there. So these three pictures are gonna open in three different finds that I'm gonna bring into a single one. So here I have my first image right there. I'm gonna disabled the lock. I'm going to create a new layer right there where I'm gonna it control a on my keyboard in order to select this whole layer right there, Control. See, to copy and control fee to paste. So, no, the second image is on layer one. And finally, I'm gonna create third layer using the third image. I do. Just like the previous step. Control on A in order to select this layer right there and control, see, to copy. And once I make sure that layer to is selected I hit control and V in order to paste. So now I have my three layers. Um, I'm gonna rename them. So I double click on the text right there. I'm gonna name this one. Frame one here. Frame to on here. Frame three. Now, as you can see in the timeline menu, now that I have layers, I have what I call create frame animation. I also have another option, which is to create video timeline, which will see in further videos. I'm going to click on create frame animation right there. Since I have three layers or three frames now, I'm gonna create three frames in my timeline. So in order to have an additional frame, I click on this bottle right there, which will replicate the selected frame. As you can see, I'm going to change the layer orders in order to have the layers that I want. So in order to do that, my first layer right there should be visible on frame one on Lee. So, for example, for frame two and three, I have to disable the visibility so that only frame one is now appeared for frame to. I'm going to disable the visibility on from one and enable it on the unframed, too. And for frame three, I enabled it on Frame three and disable it on frame toe, Antrim one. So now I have my succession off frames. As you can see here in the menu, I have the duration off each off the frames. So I'm going to select for the 1st 1 the duration of 0.5 second and 0.5 for the 2nd 1 and 0.5 for third. And here I have the number off repetition. So I want this animation to play once. If I do, then once I click on the play button, it's going to play once and stop. I can decide to play three times or forever, or here in other I can set the loop count, which is the number of times the animation is actually on the play. So for now I'm going to choose forever, and I'm gonna click on the play button. So now, as you can see, my animation keeps playing forever. I can't decide to change the time in the layers. For example, I can put a two second here on the good to know, frame three on. Once I click on the play, it's gonna hold for two seconds on the last frame before going back to framework, and that's a simple way to do an animation. Now, in order to save it, I need to save it in the gift for Mitt. So in order to do that, I'm going to go to fine, and I'm going to choose the export option on the safe for Web legacy. Here I have the option to choose the gift and to make sure it's working. I have the play animation here bottom, which shows me the frames which are being played exactly in the same order that I have set and with the very same duration that I have chosen. Now I have these options here for the gift. I can choose to play it in a bicolor mode. I can choose to play it with eight colors, 32 etcetera. So once I have text, it would be good to reduce the colors in order to reduce the size of the gift, which is actually pretty small here already. But just so you know, when I used diffusion, it's going to cause some little sparkles around the text. So here they're not seen very clearly there, mostly seen in a picture. So I can either use no dithering or I can use diffusion. And I can set the percentage of diffusion that I want in my picture. And then once I have selected all these options, I simply go to save, and I can name it animation one, for example. On there it is so know my animation has bean safety. Now, I can simply save the project file on for the shop. Now, I'm not going to do it now, but you can also save it and edited for later. Now I'm going to close those two right there. Since I don't need them on, I'm going to close this project as well. And now we are going to do a more complex animation under for a shop just to show you the power off this softer. So I'm gonna file open and I'm going to choose Jordan six image for now. The interesting thing that you are going to do with that picture is that you are gonna and he made the wheel, and in order to do so, I'm going to create new layers based on Lee on the wheel. So first, I'm gonna unlock the layer right there, and I'm going to use the selection toe the elliptical marquee tool. So in order to have it select, I just keep help. The button right there with my mouth and I select the elliptical marquee tool. Now I'm going to zoom in. I can hold the all key on my keyboard and use the scroll Well, in order to zoom in and I'm gonna define the wheel as my selection. So I keep the shift key held in order to have a perfect circle. And it's okay now, if you don't see, like, the Well, exactly, because once my selection is done, I simply right click on it. And I do transform selection. Now that I have all the edges right here, I can edit my selection as freely as I want to. So I'm gonna go right there in order to make sure that the line right there is at the extremity off the wheel like this so that I have a perfect selection off the week. Once I'm satisfied, I click the Czech Watan right there, and I'm just going to do an additional small thing which is refining Thea Edge. I click on refined the edge right there, which will allow me to have a keen and smooth selection. So the only two features I'm going to use here are the contrast on the smooth. I'm gonna go with a bit of smoothness. So if I go all the way here, you see how blurry that just start to become. So I'm just going to go with a small percentage like 11 is enough on the contrast. As you can see, it's in order to sharpen the selection. Now, Too much contrast has a tendency to do lines that are not straight. And it's not really pretty to see. So I'm just going to go with a contrast off 8% which will be enough, Um, a click on. OK, so now that my selection is done, I'm gonna hit control C. In order for me to copy it, I'm going to create a new layer right there and I'm gonna hit control feet. And now, as you can see on this new layer right there, I only have the wheel. So in order for me to spin it for the animation. I'm gonna hit control and T or I can do the same thing by going to edit and do free transform. So what the freeze runs room is going to do is that it will allow me to change the layer anyway, I want. So in that case, it's on Lee a spinning motion that I want. So I'm gonna help the shift key right there, and I'm going to start to rotate by clicking here on the left, click off my mouse by dragging here the corner and I'm going to drag it until this edge up becomes on the horizontal line. Andi, I release it and then I click on the check button right there. So my will has done a part of the rotation that I want. So if I compare it now with the old layer, my will are started to spend. Now, I'm going to select Layer one, and I am going to do right click on Duplicate the layer right there. So I'm gonna name it frame to Or should I say frame three? In that case, I'm gonna de select the visibility on the other layers. And now that I have my wheel that has already done a part of the spin. I'm gonna do a control t again, and I'm going to do the very same process I did first. And no, I have almost 1/4 spin. So as you can see right there, this is now the difference and spinning. And as you can see, the motion is starting to build itself. So I'm going to repeat those step until I have a full rotation. So I'm gonna fast forward here that part and now I'm gone. I'm just gonna meaning those layers right here, this one to frame to and this one to frame one. As you can see, what I did in the end is just leave the wheel to an eighth of the last spin. So that way, once I get back to frame one, the loop is going to be complete. So now I'm going to create my animation. And as you can see, I have eight frames, so I'm gonna create eight frames right there. 234567 and eight. And I'm going to play with the visibility off the layers for each frame in order to have my complete animation. So obviously the first frame is going to be visible on Leon Frame one. Now I select frame to here. I'm going to select frame three. So of course I'm keeping frame one in all of them because it has all the background. I need the car and I need the background frame. Four right there. Frame five frame six from seven and finally frame eight. Now I'm going to set the duration for or off the frames to be 0.2 2nd on. In order to do that simultaneously, I'm just going to click on the first frame right here. I hold the shift key on I click on the eighth frame right there. And that way I can change the time for all the frames simultaneously. Now, off course, I'm going to select a forever loop. I'm gonna get back here to visibility off 100%. I'm going to play my animation. So here, as you can see, the wheel is spinning, which is quite a nice animation. No off course. It's just to show you how you can do it. It's not very realistic, of course, but it's just to give you an idea how you can, with a very single picture, create whole animation. So, for example, you could have done something else you could have played with the lights off the car. You could have, for example, removed here the floor in order for the animation to be more realistic, and you could have brought a moving background. There are many, many things that you can do. The possibilities are really endless there, and that's how you do animation. So in order to save it, you just do what we did Previously, you see you say for Web and you save it as a gift five. And that ends our video on animation. For more videos, make sure to subscribe. A new video will be up every month.