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How to Animate Your Images

teacher avatar Bee Trofort, Bee Fearless N Create

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How to Animate Your Image: Parallex Effect

    • 3. How To Export Your Animation

    • 4. Other Ways to Animate Image

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Hey guys! This tutorial will teach you how to animate your image by creating this parallax effect in adobe photoshop! We will be animating an image from one of my studio photo shoots of a basketball player dunking.


A parallax is the effect where the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions

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Bee Trofort

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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, guys. So the I'm gonna teach you how to animate your image on Photoshopped by using the parallax effects. All right, let's get going. 2. How to Animate Your Image: Parallex Effect: All right, guys. Still today I'm going to teach you guys how to create a parallax so apparent lacks is basically creating movement in an image kind of like a Jiff. And I'm gonna show you how to do that in photo shop. From the previous workshops into toils you've seen on my page, I've taught you guys about masking your background. So the first thing you're going to do for your image is you're going to mask out the background and separate the foreground from the background in this image so we can have both the background in the foreground moving. So first, I'm going to use the magic, wants to let the background being that I shot this on a psych wall where I just jailed the background. I'm depending on what your images. You may have to use other tools in order to select the subject out of the background. Right now, I'm gonna go into the poly tool, and I'm just going to add more to the selection. I'm going to zoom in just so I can make sure I get everything that I can get. So the whole between the shoe lace, everything's clear here nothing with the Magic one. It's a very good tool, but sometimes you have to be very meticulous. Could you see right here in his stomach? It selected some of that. So I'm gonna go and remove that and to do the ana subtract, you can either go up here or are you like to use the different shortcut. So right now I'm holding the option on my Mac book endorses tracked from this election, and you'll hold the shift in order to add to the selection. So not just gonna go back zooming around toe here, Some in the basketball. Remove that. Right? So everything right now there's the finger. You have to be a little actually do have to be very meticulous when it comes to this part just because you don't want it to look any abnormal in any way so that I'm adding to the selection, just getting these fingers. All right. Perfect. So I think that looks good. All right. So the first thing I'm going to do now that I have this, I'm going to, right, click it and then I am going to cut. So where says layer via cut? I'm going to cut. So now I have both of you background and the foreground as two separate images. If this happens to your image, where you're going to want to do is you're going toe hold command and click on this selection here. And I'm just going to delete it just so that we have this person separated just like this. Nice, clear cut, and I'm actually going to put the background on the bottom layer. All right, so the next part of this process is we want to make sure that this the background is a full image. We don't want it to have the deleted subject right here. How it is right here. So we want to make sure that's a full image. So there's numerous ways that you can feel it. A lot of people I know they like to use content aware. So what I'm going to do with I'm just going to select this area here and I'm going to right click, and then I'm going to go to fill. I'm going to do content aware, and then you can hit. Okay, so we're gonna see how this girl's. I really use this. I'd like to do everything manually. But sometimes people say it's good, so we're going to try it out and I'm going. I'm giving you guys just different ways that you can actually fill this layer did. You didn't did him. Basically, we content where it just takes all the information from, um, the image that you're selecting from And it tries. I guess I would say guests and we'll actually didn't do a bad job. No, not that. So there are some glitches in here that you we all can see. I'm so there's different ways that we can fill that I'm first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to use the patch tool, actually, and I'm just going to select and just drag just to clear up everything. So everywhere we see, like, these lines here, wherever you see that it doesn't look like a clean background. No, we'll just do it just like that. I'm just gonna drag here, remember, with the patch will with this image. Luckily, we're using a background where most of it looks the same. But remember, if your image has something else on it where it's like a building or anything like that, you always want to drag to something where it looks like what you're trying to replicate. So don't if it if you have clouds in the background, don't drag it onto a cloud that it's not going to blend. You know, if it's with trees, you don't want to drag it to where it doesn't. It starts and not look like it's blending at all. So just dragging here, right? Listen, look too bad. I also for the sake of the Parallax, I want to remove the shadow. So what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to clone it. So right now I'm using the clone stamp tool. I have it at 100 capacity. I'm going to bring the harness down to zero. I'm going to click options to select my target, and I'm just gonna go straight parallel to it. And here we go. I'm also, um I was gonna go in with the paintbrush a little bit. I'm going to bring the harness down, the serial racing the size up. I bring my opacity down to like, let's say it 25 and I'm just going to start selecting just the kind of pain and just smooth out the background slightly I still love, like the greedy int look of it. So I don't want to remove that at all, parfait. All right, so now we're done with that. So right now, when you see the image, we have the clear background and we have the subjects. All right, so the next step to this is we have to make both of these layers. This is one of the most the very, very, very, most important step. When we do, the parallax is you have to You have to convert it to a smart object. Because if you do all of these things and you do not convert it to a smart object, when you start going through that through the animation, it's just not gonna work out. And you're gonna be pulling your hair trying to figure out why it's not working. It's usually because of that, our rightful next thing we're gonna go toe window and we're going to go to timeline. So this is how we're going to create our animation. We're going to use the videos timeline. I'm going to zoom out the image and I'm going to hit, create video timeline So right now we can see So this bottom here, you raised yourself slightly. This gives you the time. This right here allows you to change the view. So right now it's on the timeline view with this view right here. This converse it to a different too was basically like frame rate, so you can duplicate it if you're doing it will be great for Jeffs. And I'm definitely going to do a tutorial on that later. But right now we're just going to use the timeline. So right here. This is where you can zoom in and zoom out for your timeline here. So we're going to zoom out and right when you click. So if you edit video, this kind of can look like the timeline on, like a premier or final cut pro. So as you can see, Layer one earlier too. We have the background layer and we have the foreground layer. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm coined it now because it do polls. So we're going to right here. We point click this arrow and these beads watches air. Basically how we're going to create our animation. So starting with the layer zero, which is the basketball player. I'm going to hit the timeline, click, click, click and I'm creating key frames. So right now we have a Cree frame on the transform for opacity and for style. So now, after five seconds, I want to transform this image and make it larger. So I'm using. It's too here. We're going to click it, always use the chain link and this Just say I want to increase the size to here. So I'm going to hit okay And you see, right there on the transformer gave us into the key frame. And then what? We hit Play. He's going right. So now for the background on the sea, try to add a pattern to this background just to give you guys a better understanding of how this looks. I'm just going to yes, to a filter gallery. She all right? So now that I've added this texture and I'm going to go back and bring this arrow up and I'm going to go back to this main layer and let's say instead of making the background bigger, I want to make the background smaller. So what I'm going to do right now, you see, it's at 100%. I'm going to raise the size upto 1 10 Actually, this do yes. 1 10 and then I'm going to click the key frames. Then I'm going to go to the end, and then I'm going to reduce the size back to 100. Then I'm gonna hit, okay? And they were going to see the key frame. Come here. So now All right, So now we see the animation eso before you do anything further, of course, you would definitely want to see the image. 3. How To Export Your Animation: So before we export one of the challenges you may face, when you do try to export is ill, say, air or different things like that and that usually have to do with the file size. You have to make sure that photo shop is able to render the high file size of this project . What I'm going to do is, before I export, I'm going to adjust my image size. So is that 10 80 now? Sounds gonna bring the high down to 7 20 Make it much smaller. Perfect. It's now I'm going to go to file safer web. All right, so after your image lows, it may take a while. You're gonna go to preset and you're gonna go to G gift. 1 28 dithered. You're going to change the colors to the highest one, which will be to 56. It will increase the size of the picture overall, but it allows to make sure that you actually get But if they're smooth is it could be, um, everything else. You should keep checked transparency. I looked at everything that goes with the priest that I wouldn't change any of that. I'm for quality. The bike. Cubic. Sharper is actually really, really good. So you can change that. And then for the looping I like to do forever. Just so when I saw the website, it doesn't just stop. It just keeps going. So then I'm gonna hit, save, going to pick a location. I'm going to say that this see my desktop? All right, so now I'm just gonna go to the desktop so we can find that image, and there you go. 4. Other Ways to Animate Image: Alright guys, So not actually some other cool things that you can do. So first, if you want to extend the length of your animation, all you have to do is go to the layer and right here you'll just click it and you'll drag it and you can see the generation comes up on the screen. Seacon extended from five seconds to six. Or however, another thing that you can do is I'm gonna go back to this first layer and bring it down. So right here you see where all the key frames or selected, right? So if you wanna click the stopwatches, it will delete all the key frames, you know, and you could even do different animations just with that. So I'm gonna go back to the move tool in the sea. So let's say we want the photo to end right here. So I'm gonna go to the end, and then I'm gonna click all the stopwatches to create these key frames and then I'm gonna go back to the beginning and let's say we want it to start here some slip. Try that. So all I did was click the move, and I just rotated the image and make sure that chain select so that it stays proportionate . Click the chick The thing that we're gonna hit, play. And as you can see, it's going slow now because it's rendering. Um, that's the one thing about Photoshopped doesn't renders like it does on Premier Final Cut pro. But you could actually see him rotating. And actually, I was gonna drag it quicker so you can see the motion. What? So you know, use your creatively. There's so much that you can do with this animation feature. Um, so just definitely play around with it, just whatever it is that, um, I can come up with you really can't do. And actually could even ADM or so became here. Let's say I decided to change the key frame to here. I'm not sure what that will look like, but hey, let's see. So now we'll start here, and now he's going forward. And then he goes back up to the starting position. Thanks. So definitely just for the project, I'm going to actually send you guys this image so that you guys can animate it. Please show me what creative things that you guys come up with. And you know I can't wait to see what you guys create