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How to Animate Your Image: Clouds & Water

teacher avatar Bee Trofort, Bee Fearless N Create

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5 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Separating Your Image into Layers

    • 3. Animating Using Parallex Effect

    • 4. Animating Using Stock Videos

    • 5. Exporting Your Animations

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This photoshop tutorial will teach you 2 different ways to animate the clouds & water in your still image!

The first method will be using the parallex effect, and the second method is using stock videos in photoshop!


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Bee Trofort

Bee Fearless N Create


Hey guys! I'm Bee Trofort, a full-time commercial fitness and lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles! I will be providing photoshop tutorials as well as photography tutorials, showing you all my process of creating and editing!

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1. Introduction: Hey, guy. So for this tutorial, I'm gonna teach you how to animate your image. And we're going to animate the clouds and the water by using two different effects in photo shop that's begin. 2. Separating Your Image into Layers: Alright, guys. So today I'm gonna teach you how to animate this image, and I'm gonna show you two different ways to animated. The first way is that we're going to animate the clouds and the water using the parallax effect. And the second way is to animate it using videos. So the first thing that we have to do before we do anything, it's We have to separate the layers in this image. So I'm going to separate this image into three different layers. One layer for the clouds, one for the water and one for the model. First thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to unlock this layer by double clicking it hitting, okay. And the reason we're unlocking its because this go back. If we decide to erase, are we gonna do? It's gonna get the background color. But when we unlock the layer and when we erase again, we get the transparency background, so we're actually getting a transparent layer. So with this, we want to be able to separate this image into three Trent three different transparent layers without having a background layer beneath it. So the first layer I'm going to remove separate is the clouds. So first I'm gonna use the rectangular tool. And luckily, I shocked this actually straight in this image when I did the retouching, So everything will be straight, and I'm just gonna go in, and I'm going to use the quick selection tool to separate from the selection to separate the model. Perfect. We want to keep this here behind her back, so I'm making sure that I don't select that. Perfect. So I'm just gonna zoom in just to make sure that this election is good to go perfect, everything selected, Um, And before we do anything else I'm going to go to selects and refine edge. This is just to make sure that the edges of this is just a little bit smoother. And I'm also bring the contrast up, and I'm gonna change the view of this just so we can see how it is on the subjects. So if you don't want it to smooth because then you see right here we're losing some of that detail. Mama just keeps moving it to where we're still able to get all the detail. You could use the marching ants to see the view you can do the over the on black. See that? The white looks good. Perfect. These contests up slightly. All right, so that's how I like it. So now we're going to right? Click on the clouds, layer and layer via cop Cut. We're gonna cut this layer out. We have the selection, and I'm gonna be named that layer to clouds. Now I'm gonna zoom back out. All right, So now I'm going to select the water, cause I'm gonna cut the water out next. So using the quick selection, So I'm just gonna do, like, a quick, rough draft do. They're perfect. And I'm just gonna go in closer to make sure I get all the details. So I'm using the quick selection I'm using option to subtract from this election. Make this a little bit smaller. We want to get these rocks. - I want to make sure I just have everything. So that the I was gonna come in right in this corner here. By where? Her shoulder in that rock meat. I'm using the parley tool. Just, uh, advice Clean could perfect. I'm gonna go back in again. We find edge like the conscious bringing the contrast that Because it makes it, you know, it makes him more of a sure selection. And the smoothness just help smooths out the life so doesn't look any rough around the edges. Then click. OK, and then I'm going to right click, and I'm gonna cut it again. So now we have three separate layers. We have the clouds gonna rename this to the water, and then we're going to rename this to the model. So now we have the image separated into three different layers and I'm gonna go to the clouds layer. I'm hitting the option and I'm clicking it. I'm sorry I'm hating command, and I'm clicking it to have this election. I'm just gonna treat the mask on that, and I'm going to do the same thing with the water. And I have the masks created for all three of these layers. All right, so the next thing we're gonna go into is animating by using the Parallax effect 3. Animating Using Parallex Effect: All right. So I'm going to duplicate this image. Is this something that you can skip? I'm only duplicating it because I'm gonna show you two different ways to animate the image . So I'm only duplicating it so I can give you two different techniques. So the first thing we're going to do is I'm going to drag this model layer to the top. The reason I'm doing this because with the animation, everything we're going to be doing is behind her. So the clouds moving is gonna be behind or the water and everything else like that. So I'm making sure that she's at the top. The next thing to do, I'm gonna go spec to the clouds. And I actually want to create a mask because I don't want the clouds to nfu. It was gonna be happening with the water. So I created this selection right here, and I'm gonna create that mask and I'm going just to invert it so that it's black here ever the next one of the American unlinked. This the reason we're unthinking is because if we do anything, any animation, anything like that, I want to make sure that it only effects this area and that it does. It will not affect our mass at the Masters and increase or decrease or move left to right when we do our animation. So the next thing we have to do is we have to fill in this blank to make sure that the clouds is one full background. So to do that, I'm going to use the clone stamp tool, and I'm just going to clone from here. I'm making sure that my harnesses low mile passes at 100 and was gonna clone straight across. There we go. There's a little line right here from when we cloned in the corner, Son is gonna go over it. Been perfect. So now when I move it, we will have the full thing, and I'm gonna do the same thing with the water. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to make sure that this mask it's from here. So now you see, we have a mask for the top in the bottom. So whatever happens to the clouds, it will not affect the water. And whatever happens with the water, it will not affect the clouds. So now I'm to do the same thing. I'm gonna unlinked the chain and I want to fill this area in some of the start clothing. This is one way to go about it. Another ways. Go on, Google, find a cool stock image of a lot of the beach that you want to put in here. There's different ways and difference sneak peeks and techniques, but I'm showing this is a very advanced tutorial. So this is showing how to do everything with the image that you can get in. Well, uh, perfect. So now we have a beach in the cloud. So now you can actually see if there's any overlap, So I'm just gonna go in Perfect. So now we have our three the different layers. And now the next thing we're gonna do is we're going to start the animation, So gonna goto window in time line. So now we have created video timeline. So before we create the timeline, I want to make all these three emit layers a smart object, and then we out there. You may have to recreate your mask again and make sure that you have everything linked. And now we have our three smart objects. So the first thing I'm gonna do is create video timeline. And now we have all three layers. We have the model at the top, the clouds at the bottom and then the water. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I want to have the clouds moving from left to right in this image. So I'm going to hit the down arrow, and here we can see this is basically where we could create key frames. So for transform opacity, style, anything transitions, we can do all that cut. We can do all that over here. So using the move tool, I wanna have the clouds go from left to right. But in order to do that, if I move it over this way, we still have to be able to fill this thing because we don't want to just be blank. Right? So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to increase the size. I'm gonna click the chain link in the middle here just to make sure that everything I do is proportionate so that when we drag it, we can drag you from left to right, and the image will always be filled. We'll make a little bit smaller. Not right. So I'm gonna hit, Okay? And now I'm gonna create by clicking the stop watch. I'm creating key frames for this entire adjustment, and I'm gonna drag to the end of this here and with this, you can this right here bottom. You can actually zoom out. Zoom in on your timeline. This is if you want to make it longer shorter right now is that five seconds? I'm just gonna keep it there for the sake of this tutorial. But yes, you can just increase it or decrease it right here. And I'm going to the end of this timeline and the movement. I wanted to make its from going from this end to the next thing. So now I'm going to click the end right here. Click the chain link, and I'm just gonna drag it over, making sure that the top it's at the top where it Waas and I'm gonna hit. Okay, so now you see, another key frame came right here at the transform cause all we did was adjust the positioning of it. So now when I bring it to the front, if I hit play now it's moving left to right. Let's say for the water, we want the water to go the opposite way. So I'm gonna go to the water image. I'm gonna do the same thing, using the move to a clicking, clicking the chain. Like I was gonna make it a little bit bigger for what we go left to right In this, I'm gonna go the opposite. So I believe if I was correct, he started. When did it start for the cloud. So silvery clouds started there. So you know what? I'm gonna start it here, and I'm gonna hit the key frames adjusting each layer and I'm a drag to the end. I'm gonna go back. Click make sure the chain link, and I'm gonna drag it over. You hit the check, Mark, and I'm gonna play Now. We have been moving from left to right now with here, we don't believe. See the wave in the water from when we did the clones? So with that, you can always go into photo shop. I we're going to Google. Fine. And I stock image and add the water in. But now you can. You really do get the just cause you see how that little white spot it moved over. And that's how you animate your image. Using the parallax effect and I think we can even do is, let's say, with the clouds gonna go back to the cloud layer next, back on the clouds. Let's say I want the clouds to decrease in size as it moves left to right, and I'm just decrease and making sure that chain link was clicked, making sure select that corner. It's never you see the difference. Not only is the cloud moving left to right, but they start to get smaller, you could see is going in. So that's one way to animate this image, using the parallax effect and doing it with two different layers. 4. Animating Using Stock Videos: All right. So the next time I'm gonna animate this images by using some stock, um, videos that I was able to find, and I'm gonna use them to animate the clouds as well as the water. And I'm just gonna move the model to the top because luckily with this clipping were able to make sure that she is at the top. So everything that we do is knock on affect her, and I was actually all gonna be behind her. I'm actually going. Teoh Dragon created grid line so we know where the horizon is. So next we're gonna do is I'm going Teoh, right? Click and make. He's a smart object. When I make the smart objects, actually remove the mask. But that's fine, because we're not using these leaders at all, but which is having it there just so we know where the clouds and the water meet. Next time we lose school, toe, window and timeline. Now, right here we see the timeline at the bottom. If you see my previous tutorials, you understand how the timelines work. And the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to drag in the sky. These clouds layer that I found and we're just gonna drag it. She have a hate ad at the clouds layer and go to the sky one. And I'm just going to delete this original clouds layer. And now we have the sky. Here, let me drag it to the five seconds, and this is what I'm gonna clip it and I'm going to delete that extra linear. All right, So using the transform tool going to click the edge, Yes. Remember, this wife they converts was smart layer a smart object because in order to do any adjustments and in order for it to stay that way, um, in the transformation, you do have to make it a smart objects. I'm gonna click convert, and that will increase the size. Now you see where this horizon iss I'm going to create that mask so I'm selecting it, creating them Assam inverted. So now it's no. When I play it, clouds are moving behind the subjects. I'm gonna unlinked this mask here and now I'm gonna adjust the water. So the next thing we want to we want to add that water layer, see what these look like. Was this pretty So let's hit open. I'm gonna put it so that it shorter. Well, now we're going to justice size of it so that it spreads out to the entire image. I'm gonna turn off the clouds. Layer was actually this is really pretty without those clouds. Imagine he'd start to keep these mountains that changing. Now that's played. And the cool thing with this is that we literally could add in whatever other background we find, you know? So let's say, um, it's making layer and that say, this one, this one actually looks, you know, with the rocks and everything. So let's try that one. Come in to the Yeah, but to leave, turn off other groups. We don't want the rocks overlap some of and I'm just gonna increases sizes. Some would get the horizon back to how it was in the original image. And then I'm moving because you see how the lights coming in we do wanted to show, like, where's hitting her here? We don't want the light to be hitting her on this side, but making it more ballistic, having it like above her. So when it comes to rendering the videos, it's really pretty. And let's say we wanna put in the clouds from the other. I'm just gonna turn that later on. And now we have two different video layers behind the subjects. I don't like these clouds with his background. Obviously, it doesn't make sense without large cloud is here reaching the horizon. Um, but for the sake of the tutorial, that is how you using two different videos to create an animation behind your still image. I think I'm actually gonna stick with this background. One thing I will try to do. Though few member from the original water earlier, it was much blurrier than, um, everything else because she is the main focal point. So with the water being so defined, it's not really as realistic. So All right, so we're going to blur this image. Yes, I think that looks did. Okay. And the great thing about when you have a smart object is not the filter that you do this and affect the image itself. He could always turn it on and off, which is great, that in case he ever make a error, you can always just go back and adjust that. So now we have our animations using ah animated stock video and being able to create our animation with are still image and video behind it all done in photo shop. So let me know which one you guys like the best. You guys like this background. Are you feeling the background with the mountains? The MP three layers? Yes. Let me know which video background you like the best. And the next thing I'm a teacher guy. That's actually how to export them. 5. Exporting Your Animations: So in my previous tutorials, I showed you guys how to export these animated just and I'm gonna show you one more time. So we're gonna go back to this where we use the parallax effect. I'm The first thing we want to do is we always want to adjust the size. That's the one biggest thing when it comes to exporting these files, if they're too large, photo shop will have a hard time rendering it into a Jiff. And usually Gypsy aren't huge foul, aren't there? They would really wouldn't be used as a huge image most of the time as well. So gonna go to image size. I can adjust the pixels and I'm gonna go down to let's see a seven. 20 and then I'm gonna go to file safer Web all rights. Another images loaded. We're going to go to preset. Gonna go to Jeff 1 28 We're gonna go to colors. We're gonna go to the 2 56 All of the should automatically with the preset be checked the transparency convert I'm gonna hit save. You seem to the desktop. All right, so I go to the desktop to see the clouds little being. And now with this image with the second animation. Now, when exporting this image, first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to adjust the size someone's gonna bring your talents to set 20 again. And then, um, another way that you can export on photo shop is you can actually exported as the video. So after adjusting the size, we're going to go to file export render video and the saving to the desktop. So h 264 It's a habit. He has documents, size, frame rates, all frames. We want our bender it interactive and never gonna hit. Render it sporting. No. Right now, we're gonna go to the desk out more than a fine. But before Shin now we have two different animations for the same image.