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GIF and Animation for Your Illustration

Rebecca Howe, Illustrator, Artist, Designer

GIF and Animation for Your Illustration

Rebecca Howe, Illustrator, Artist, Designer

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Sketch

    • 3. Add Color

    • 4. Animate

    • 5. Share

    • 6. Bonus: Stop Motion in Procreate

    • 7. Your Project

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About This Class

Animation is a really fun and engaging way to use your illustration, but sometimes making them can be a confusing and frustrating process. In this class I'm going to teach you a few simple ways to create GIFs and animation movies with sound effects from your own illustrations. We will be using an iPad, Procreate and iMovie!

We will be using Procreate exclusively to create GIFs and I will also show you my way of creating stop motion animations using only Procreate and iMovie. With just a short lesson, you’ll be creating GIFs and animations that you can share and use in your own promotional animations, commercials and more!

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Rebecca Howe

Illustrator, Artist, Designer



I have always been drawn to creating, making and building in some way or another. And I believe fully in what Dr. Maya Angelou said, “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” That’s why I’ve decided to teach here on skillshare.

I am a writer, artist, illustrator, designer, many things, and I got here the scrappy way, saying yes to every opportunity to learn and grow, and using targeted practice techniques to optimize skill-building and time management. I’m here to teach you the skills, tips, tricks and techniques I’ve spent many years accumulating!

I believe that every person is creative, and that anyone at any age, stage and ability can become an artist with the right mindset and persistence... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. This class is all about creating gifts and animations from your illustrations. My name is Rebecca Howe, and I'm a writer and illustrator. And in this class, I'm gonna show you a step by step process for making animations and chips right on your iPad. I'm always looking for ways to streamline all my work to my iPad and even into procreate. And with the latest procreate update, they make it really easy to export gifts right from the layers panel in your project for your project in this class, I want you to choose an animal or some lettering that you'd like to make move. By the end of this class, you're gonna have your illustration animated and ready to share. And you're gonna be ready to use your animation skills in all kinds of ways with your illustration. Let's go 2. The Sketch: Okay, let's get started with our sketch. I'm going to use the split screen on my iPad so that I can look at procreate and my browser window at the same time so I can use this really cute reference photo that I found of a cat . The first thing I'm gonna do is sketch really loosely but realistically toe what this cat looks like. And then I'm gonna move on to a different layer and style, eyes the sketch even further so that I can make it sort of my own cartoon looking cat for me. My initial sketches are usually pretty sloppy, and I wanted to show you the progression from initial sketch to final because really, the purpose of this initial sketch is to give me sort of an idea of the proportions and look that I'm going for by try on error. So now that I've got this sort of initial sketch down, I'm gonna pull down the opacity of that layer and start a new layer and draw my next finalized cat sketch. - Okay ? The last thing that we need to do is to cut in paste the eyes of the cat onto their own layer because that's the part of the cat that I want to animate. Okay, let's move on to add some color to our cat. 3. Add Color: we're gonna add some color to our cat now. And you can do this in so many different ways, but I'm just gonna show you a little bit of my style and how I like to add color to my animations. I tend to use textured rushes to make washes and then cut shapes out and layer shapes on shapes on shapes. This one is gonna be pretty simple. I'm cutting out the basic shape of this cat and then in that same layer, I'm going to use my direct selection tool and select the little areas where I want to put stripes. And once all those little areas are selected, I'm going to go into my adjustments and adjust the color so that it looks a little darker and a little brighter to give some contrast. And eventually I'm gonna want to take away all my dark black outline. But right now I'm gonna use it in a separate layer to give myself a little guide for where I want all my color to be Next. I'm going to color in the eyes, making sure to keep them on a separate layer both the color of the background and the shape of the eyes in the places where I do want to have some line work. I'm just gonna go over some of these black lines in a new layer with the color that I'd rather have my line work in, which is sort of this darker pink. - OK , now it's time to start making sure that all of our layers air in place to make the Jif. 4. Animate: So I want to animate the eyes of this cat so that they blink. So the first thing we're gonna do is draw the different versions of the I from open to close, and we're gonna stack them all in their own layers. The 1st 1 here is gonna be slightly more closed than the original I and you can duplicate the first I flip it around and move it over. If you want to get perfect symmetry, then you won't emerge those layers together and cut out the pupil of the eye, paste it into its own layer so that we can duplicate it and put a pupil in each version of the I and will repeat this process on and on and on until we have probably six or seven versions of the eye from open to close. Okay, - Now that we have all the different versions of the I ready, we can go ahead and duplicate the body of the cat over and over again until each version of the eyes has its own cat. What I'm realizing here is that my file sizes so big that I ran out of potential layers. So I'm gonna make everything smaller and go into my crop and re size and resize this whole canvas so that I can have more layers available to me because we're making a Jiff. Animation for the Web The file size I was using was really a lot bigger than it needed to be. So now that we have a lot more layers available to us, we can put cat behind each set of eyes and merge them all together. After we finish merging all of these individual eyes onto their individual cat body, we can go into the actions menu, find the share tab and click on Animate the Jif. This is where we can watch a preview of our animation so far. So let's go through and make sure we have all of these individual cats labeled correctly so that we don't get really confused while we try toe, put them in the order. We want them. You can relabel each layer by clicking once on it while it's selected and choosing rename. So now I'm gonna duplicate a bunch of the layer one at the top so that the cats I can stay open a little bit longer. But in this preview. I'm noticing that the cat's eye opens kind of abruptly, and it's because I forgot to graduate the eye opening back up after it closes. So the order I really want is for to go 123454321 and then repeat that layer one multiple times to get that I to stay open at the end of the animation. Let's try that. Yeah, that looks really good. So the cat's eyes opening and closing pretty slowly and then staying open at the top. I just noticed something that you probably already noticed, which is that I forgot the stripes on this cat's head. So I'm gonna go ahead in with the same strategy I used before and makes them stripes on an independent layer that I can duplicate and put on to all of the layers that I have already created. It's a bit time consuming, but I really think it's worth it. Okay, - I have another idea for an additional animation for this cat. I think I want to have it popping its head up slowly from the bottom of the screen, so I'm gonna go ahead and hide all the different layers. Except for the 1st 1 I want the cat to pop its head up from the bottom with its eyes open, so I'm going to duplicate the first layer and move the duplicate down about 1/2 an inch. Then I'll turn off that original first layer. That's all the way popped up, and I'll take the duplicate, duplicate that and move the next duplicate down 1/2 inch. I'll keep doing that until I have the final layer with the cat falling off the bottom of the campus. Keep in mind that when you animate a Jiff, you'll figure this out pretty quick. But the animation starts with the bottom layer in your campus, and it goes up. So that's the order off how it uses the layers as different frames for the animation. Now that we have all of our layers completed, let's go in and look at the preview of our animation again. It looks like the animation isn't working so well. Go back out and find that we forgot to turn the visibility of all those layers back on. This brings up a really good tip, which is that if you have some extra layers that you don't want to use in your Jif. Just hide the visibility of that layer and it won't be included in the Jif. Now our preview is doing much better. That's really cool. I like how the cat comes up, blinks its eyes once, and then the animation starts all over again. I want to go back in and re label the layers of the cat that are going down into the bottom of the campus with negative numbers. This is just a organizational thing that I like to do for my animations, so that if I come back to them a little bit later, I can understand how I built it, in case I want to edit it or make something similar. The last thing I want to do is I'm gonna duplicate all the negative layers and add those duplicates to the top so that the animation will have the cat rising slowly from the bottom of the canvas blink ones and then gradually go back down out of the campus. This is one of those times where you're gonna be really grateful that you took the time to label each individual layer because, as you add more complexity to year animation or change your mind or come back to it in a few weeks or months Without the memory of how exactly you built it, you're gonna be ableto figure out what's going on because you labelled it really well. Okay, let's check out this animation and see what it looks like. Yeah, I really like that. The cat comes up, gradually blinks and then goes back down gradually, and I can export right from here and save it to my device, and it's ready to share. 5. Share: Okay, This part is really simple. Go to Gylfi dot com and upload the Jif that you just created and exported from appropriate . You don't even need to have an account with Jiffy to use this resource. You and you can also put your website in as the source. You're out that way. If anybody finds your animation or Jif, they all know who made it you some tags so that other people can find it and use it if you want them to. And from here, you can choose to share the Jif and use it in your text messages or on the Web. And you could also have it email you a movie file so that you can share on Instagram. Because instagram at this point doesn't support gifts. I really like turning my stuff into movies, because then I can also pull it in tow. I'm movie and add sound effects as well. Um, which I did with this Jeff just for the fun of it. Um and you can see on my instagram feed at Rebecca are how 6. Bonus: Stop Motion in Procreate: So I wanted to show you this little bonus video on how to make movie file stop motion animations with procreate. Um, I kind of debated whether or not I wanted to do a video on this at all, because now that procreate has the option to export Jeffs, I was trying to figure out if it's even even valuable for people to know how to do this. But I actually still think it is because sometimes when you want to do a short animation, this is a perfect way to do it. Um, just in procreate so that you're not having to use external websites or APs to create your time lapse for your animation to show you how this works in procreate. I'm just making a really simple airplane that I'm gonna have sort of go down a runway and then take off. And once I have the initial airplane drawn, I'm just simply going to duplicate that layer with the entire airplane on it, and each frame is gonna have the airplane moved forward and then upward a little bit at a time so similar to making the Jif that we made before you have each movement on its own frame so that when those frames get put together, your it's gonna be a stop motion animation. So when we look at the preview for the Jif for this animation, we can see that the airplane is totally working. It's going down the runway and then it's going up into the air, and I changed the frame rate a little bit so that it would go a little bit faster. Now comes the part that's a little bit different from how we exported Jeffs right from procreate. This time I want to use the time lapse capture that's built in to procreate, to take the time lapse and make it look like a stop motion movie. So what I want you to do is create a new layer at the very bottom of your layers that's blank and select the color white, and what we're gonna do is show that first frame of the airplane and then make about 6 to 10 strokes of white on that layer. That's underneath everything so that we won't see any of the paint strokes. We're going to keep doing this in between each layer by showing the next layer hiding the previous layer and making 6 to 10 strokes and then showing the next layer hiding the previous later making 6 to 10 strokes. And that's how we're going to get the time lapse capture to capture it as a stop motion animation. The reason we're doing this is because the way that the time lapse capture, works and procreate is that it captures each individual stroke of your brush. So you have to make individuals brushstrokes in between each frame movement so that it puts a little bit of time between each frame that you want to enemy. Okay, we're getting to the end of making all of our frames complete. So what we'll do is go up to the wrench to the actions toolbar, find the video button and watch the time lapse replay. And you can use your finger by dragging it across the screen, left and right to view the time lapse replay at your own speed. I like the way that look, so I'm gonna export it as full length video, keep it on my device, and then I'm gonna go back out and into my movie and hit the plus sign and I movie click movie and then find that time lapse replay inside the library hit Create Movie, and that's where I'll find the time lapse. We play movie now. What I'm gonna do is slow down the movie so that I can easily find the right place to cut that video and delete the front half that doesn't include the airplane moving forward and then taking off. I'm gonna push play and watch this go and make sure it's doing exactly what I wanted to do . And then what I'll do is go to speed and speed it back up to the speed that I want the airplane to go. And I think I'll probably speed that up a little bit more just to make it interesting. It looks pretty much like a Jiff, but it's gonna be a movie file so that I can share it on instagram and anywhere that you can share videos. Cool thing about my movie is that they have this whole library full of sound effects and theme music that you can use, and I'm gonna choose the jet sound because it's kind of appropriate for this and put that in there right over the video and then export this to share exporting in my movies. Pretty simple hit thesis enters share button. It's a square with a little arrow, and then you can choose where you want to save it to and the quality of video. It takes just a few minutes and you've got your small video file ready to go. Let's look at it here. And my little hack for using the 16 by nine aspect ratio for video on Instagram is that I keep everything I want to show on Instagram right in the center of the screen. So this little video, when I go to share it on Instagram fits perfectly in that square. 7. Your Project: thanks for joining me today. I can't wait to see the projects that you create, and I hope you share them in our project section. Please also leave comments or questions, anything that you might want to talk about. It's a really great place for artists to get together and be inspired and help each other. Also, if you share your creation on social media, Hashtags are class with Becca so I can see what you made there and promote you on my own. Instagram feed. See you in the next class.