Create a Hand-Drawn .GIF in Photoshop

Melissa Lee, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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5 Videos (10m)
    • Introduction

    • Preparing Your Hand-Lettered GIF

    • Animating Your Lettering

    • Animating A Character

    • Exporting GIFs and Videos

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About This Class


Want to spruce up your blog or website with cute, animated GIFs? Ever needed the perfect reaction GIF for that one meme you love? (We've all been there.) Take this class to learn how you can make one yourself! I'll take you through the entire process of animating hand-drawn characters and lettering in Photoshop, from rough test runs to exporting. It's a lot easier than you might think!

This class is focused solely on learning basic GIF animation, not on designing and drawing characters. That being said, if you don't feel confident in your character drawing skills, you can simply create animated text!

So let's get started and make some GIFs! 

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What easy to learn and awesome class
Nancy Colindres

Graphic Designer

Short and easy to follow, as someone who studied animation this is a great first step to start. Anyone with some background in Photoshop should be able to complete this course!
Brittany Fuller

Illustrator, Animator, Photo Retoucher

Absolutely loved how simple and to the point her videos were <3





Melissa Lee

allow yourself to fail before you succeed

Hi! My name's Melissa (Missa) Lee Shaw, and I'm an illustrator and watercolor painter from Northern California. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and it's all I've ever really wanted to do. I started teaching myself how to draw digitally in 2010 when I got my first tablet, and since then I've had a growing fascination with the digital art world. It's pretty rad. I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a BA in Studio Art and a focus in the Electro...

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