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Photoshop: Create a Groovy Twirling Animated GIF

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Create & Setup Your Project

    • 3. Creating & Duplicating Shapes

    • 4. Creating the Twirl

    • 5. Duplicating & Preparing for Animation

    • 6. Animating Your Twirl

    • 7. Making Color Adjustments

    • 8. Exporting GIFs and MP4s for Upload to the Web

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About This Class

In this class we'll be creating the groovy rotating twirling graphic in Photoshop you can see below.

This will involve working with vectors, effects, the animation timeline in Photoshop as well as color effects to modify and change your graphic easily.

There are some great skills that you will pick up in this fun and easy to follow the class.

If you are unsure about clicking subscribe then I invite you to look into the middle of this hypnotic animation and chant with me 'I will join, I will join!'.

Enjoy the class everyone!


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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: how they spent household here and this class. We're gonna have a look at how we make this looping animated GIF in for a shop. We're gonna go right through from all the steps, including making the vector shapes, warping the vector shapes on, then out putting and exporting that image as an animated GIF. So jump on in Mr Fund class is pretty quick to do. It's not very technically difficult on you. End up with a great result that you can upload to Twitter to Facebook on DA Jump in will get started on day. Let's have some fun. 2. Create & Setup Your Project: So the first thing we'll go ahead and do here if the shop is create a new project. So we're gonna go to file new on whichever version photo shop. You're in the things that we're gonna be working with. The same The layout of the new document window will be slightly different. We're gonna be working in pixels because we're working for screen and we're gonna work in 1920 by 10. 80. And that just means that we can export this out as an HD video loop if we want to. The resolution and we were working for screen doesn't really matter. We can change it to 72 pixels, prince. But it's really the pixel dimensions that matter here. The resolution is only something you need to be concerned about. If you're working for print, we're gonna stick with RGB and a bit color. We're gonna leave the background as white. We don't need to worry about any advanced options here, so let's click create on straight away. We're gonna go and save this so we'll go to file savers on. We're gonna drop this, runs the desktop, and we'll call this spiral loop 3. Creating & Duplicating Shapes: So the first step here is to create our spiral loop. And what we're gonna use to do that, first of all, is the pencil in photo shop. So when we're creating shapes with a pencil, we want toe. Think about a couple of things. The first is to check that we're using the shape option up here in our options to about that, we have a fill with a color in it. Now, the way that we're working means that we can change the color a little bit later on. So I'm just gonna pick a nice orange here for the moment. We don't need a stroke for our shape on everything else we can. We can leave as is now. When we create our spiral, we wanna make sure that it's spiralling around the center point here. So I'm gonna turn on my rollers so commodity are or view and check the rulers option, and then we're gonna track down a ruler on As you get close to the center, you'll feel that ruler snap to the middle. So I'm gonna drag horizontal and a vertical ruler across on Just check there snapping to the middle. So now What we want to do is make a shape that is the longest it's gonna be when we create a spiral that will become apparent later on. So if you just follow along with these steps, we're gonna click in the middle ones here, out towards the edge here once, twice, and then back to the the center point here. Now, if you've made your triangle shape a little bit too wide there you can come to the direct selection tool and select these points and pull them in a little bit. So once we have our first shape here, we're gonna jump back to the move, tore up here. We're gonna make a duplicate of that shape, okay? But we're gonna duplicate and rotate it at the same time. So I'm just gonna de select and re select my layer and then hold out command and tactics and that will bring up the move options. And now I'm gonna pull this anchor point in the middle down to the center of my canvas. And that means that when I rotate now, it's gonna rotate around that point and then I'm gonna hit command and tap T to transform this on. What I want to do is transform this on. What I want to do when I transform this is make sure that I got a nice gap between this triangle and the next tribal. So I wanted to kind of flow down toe around about here. So to be a bit more accurate with that, I'm just going to duplicate this layer by dragging it down to the new layer button on the bottom right there. And then I'm gonna use this as my first transformation. So I'm gonna select my second lay there on do Commodity, and then just pull my anchor point down to the center of my canvas on Just rotate this until I touch the edge of that first shaped there. Okay, Now I'm gonna go back to my first shape and do command and t on do the same. Except this time, I'm gonna make sure that I come right to the bottom of that second shape. Now, once I've done that, I'm gonna delete that second or top most layer that I've got here currently. Now, if I hold down shift cult command on tap T, I'm gonna get that rotation with a nice gap in the middle and you can see it moving round nicely there. And as we come back around to the beginning, we should hopefully end up with a nice, evenly spaced shape splaying out. Now, this is a nice design itself. It's a useful technique to know, but we're gonna take this a few steps further on. Make this into animation. 4. Creating the Twirl: So the first thing we do is select all of our layers. So I've got my top most layer selected here. I'm gonna hold down, shift and select the bottom Most layer on. Once I've got all these layers selected, I'm gonna blend these layers together. So I'm gonna emerge the shapes and then I'm going to right Click on that layer and rasa rise this layer. Okay, Now I want to do is take this layer. Andi, distort it. So we're gonna use the swell tool to do that. We're gonna go to Filter Distort on 12. And now I can see that we get this nice 12 of that shape so we can have it twirling a little bit or a lot that we're going to go for around minus 190 degrees for this 12. Okay, we got a preview of it here, and then we click. OK, we have a nice 12 there, and if we do command and t you can see that because we set our initial shape to be larger than the canvas here. We haven't got any edges showing here off the end of those shapes that we've got a nice shape that we can now swell here on that will rotate without cutting off any of these Cornell's under these edges. 5. Duplicating & Preparing for Animation: So now the next step is to duplicate this layer with a transformation. So I'm gonna do now. I'm just gonna add three guys here, Okay? I'm gonna use that as a guide for my transformation. So I want to transform this so it's swirling, but a little bit of time. So we get a little bit of that sense of motion. So if I hold down command and tatty no. And then just move that until I touched that first line and hit Enter here in action, I didn't need the second line here. That's enough transformation that I could do the same again. So I'm holding down, shift out command on T and I'm cheap plicating these layers. So I'm just going to duplicate this four or five times. Okay, on the loop will be quite quick, because essentially, we have a Siris of layers here that will match up quite quickly. So we'll move from one layer to the next to the next and so on and so forth. And we'll get back to the beginning point where this first layer is touching that line roughly. Eso As soon as we get back to this point where We're touching that line. We've got a loop. So we've got 123456 layers on. That should be good for a loop here. 6. Animating Your Twirl: now we need to do is turn on our time line to create animation, and we're going to use the slightly older school method of making our animation here just by turning on and turning off the layers in further shop. So it's not timeline as you can use info shop. It's just a frame by frame animation, which is the old school way of making animated GIFs. So in here we have our option to create video timeline. But where once we create that, we're going to jump down to the bottom left here. So we're gonna click, create video timeline, and then we go jump down to the bottom left on. We're going to go to this timeline where we just have individual frames. Okay, so each frame we're gonna get to last four north 40.1 seconds. So basically 1/10 of a second, and then once we've done that in our first frame here, we're gonna turn off the top layers that we have here. Then we're going to create a new frame, turn off the bottom layer, turn on the next layer, and if we move between these now, you can see we're starting to get that animation, so we'll create the third frame. Turn on the third layer here on, keep moving through until we get all these layers nicely looping. So now if we change this from once to Forever and press play, we should have a nicely looping animation. So now we have, ah, quick loot on. What you'll notice is there's a little bit of, Ah, jump in here, and that's really to do with the accuracy off the angles, which we've created our rotation in the first instance. So with a little bit more planning on experimentation, we could get these a little more evenly spaced so that we don't have this little jump here . 7. Making Color Adjustments: now because the workmen layers we can use, um, hue saturation adjustment layers to actually manage our color here. So if we go to the background layer in the first instance on, do Shift F five and fill this with 50% gray and then add a hue saturation adjustment layer above that, we can now colorize that so we could end up with on color. That kind of nicely offsets against the orange. If we select all of our layers here on right click and create a new group from those layers , the animation will still work, even though those layers a group. This allows us to make a new hue saturation adjustment layer and to right click and create clipping mask so that is only applying to the top, most less so you can see we've got independent color adjustment that we can do with that foreground and background so we can create any color that we want in the background on without having toe manually re color or remake what we've done. 8. Exporting GIFs and MP4s for Upload to the Web: So now we're gonna run through how to export. This is an animated GIF on as a movie. So firstly will have a look at the animated GIF option. So if we go to file export, I'm working the newer version of Photo Shop. So the safe Web option that I'm looking for is under this safer weapon legacy option. You might see safe web in the main menu next to export for using an older version of further shop there Exactly the same thing. We're gonna jump into this safer Web legacy version and they click on this on once we're in here, we have our animation set up, so it's gonna be changes from J Peg to any one of the gift options. The animation will play back, and it will give us the option to export as an animated GIFs. I'm gonna select gift 128 did okay on for these flat colors. An animated GIF will export a really nice high quality version of this loop. I'm gonna drop down the size of this. I'm gonna change this to about 40% of the original size. Just so it's a little bit smaller for the Web, we can see a preview of the file size down here at the bottom left. We've got the same options that we set up in for a shop, so it's gonna look forever. So if we played, it's back. Now we can see a preview of what that's going to look like. And so now we can go ahead on export this out. So I'm gonna click, save, jump to my desktop and then say this out a spiral loop gift. So now we got brothers to any one of our social media platforms will have a looping animated GIF now, before we expect the movie. But we need to think about how this is gonna loop because it's very, very short. So if we go to file export on render video, so in this export option, we're gonna have a very, very short movie to export. Now there's a couple of different ways that we can lengthen. This one will be to export a movie and then reimport that into a video editor and then loop it in that video editor. The other will be toe loop this on the timeline, so copy and paste these frames so that we're playing them back more than one more than once . So I'm just gonna cancel this jump back to my frames here and I'm holding now Shift to select them all. And then if I drive them to the new layer, you can see it's duplicating those. So if I just keep duplicating that loop to each frame is what running at north 0.1 seconds . So if I want so 5 10 seconds of this, then I would need 10 times five or 10 seconds. So I need someone close to 100 frames. So I'm going to keep duplicating this until I get over. 100 frames on were at the end here with 64. I'll scroll back to the beginning here, hold down, shift and select again, Andi duplicate on world it one more time. So we're gonna end up with over 200 friends. But you can see by selecting everything on their duplicating, and we quite quickly and exponentially end up with a few friends. So I'm gonna look this once now so we can see how long it's gonna be. So if I come back to frame of one and play this through. You can see we're getting a few seconds off loop here. Okay, so let's go and export this out. So go to file export, rent a video, and then we're gonna exploit all frames Will keep it as this 10 80 p format running it the document frame rate. Andi will render this to the desktop. We could select a different folder if we wanted to hit. Render on. Now we're exporting out our movie. So once that's done, let's just have a little peek of what We have to jump back down to the desktop holding command and tab toe move between my applications and shift command d to bring up the death stop in single spiral loop. We just play it through and you can see what a nice, smooth, slightly hypnotic spiral loop that we've made with tools in photo shop. And we also have our animated GIF. Here is, well, smaller version off that same loop. So that's everything that we're covering in this class I have. It's been useful on by let forcing the next tutorial. Go ahead. I'd love to see some of your class projects embedded gifts on the course project board on, go ahead and have some fun