Stop Motion Gifs with Depth: Animating Layer-art with Photoshop

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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11 Videos (27m)
    • Stop Motion with Depth Intro

    • Artboard Setup

    • From Illustrator to Photoshop

    • Animation Overview

    • Constuction Animation

    • Perspective Shift Animation

    • Video Export

    • Gif Export

    • Bonus 1: Animating Layer Styles

    • Bonus 2: Managing Multiple Frames

    • The End


About This Class


In this class we’re going to learn how to create stop motion animations with layer-art, using software we know and love: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (you don’t need to be that good). You’ll learn how to transform your static layer-art into animated masterpieces in this 21 minute class.

This short and practical class will ease you into the world of animation, and add a few tools and skills to your arsenal. And at the end you’ll have produced a layer-art piece in stop motion!

Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with layer-art – enrol in my previous class, Illusions of Depth: Layer-art in Illustrator to get going.

Here's what we make during the class:



38 of 38 students recommendSee All

Great stuff. Very useful tips and very easy to understand
Excellent class!
Nice one.
Nuthan Murarysetty

Always Learning and sharing my knowledge to others





Rich Armstrong

Product Designer

Rich's title is Product Designer but he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. He's studied multimedia design and graphic design, and is a self-taught programmer. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs Studio Armstrong, an Amsterdam-based creation company, with his wife. He also doodles all the time, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

He spends most of his working day researching and experimenting, much like his hero, Lucius Fox, does. Rich likes to think he's a minimalist, but he's fooling himself – he's as messy and unorganised as the any other creative genius.

Rich has been teaching online classes on Skillshare since late 2015 – and he likes it a lot :) He's since created the weirdly named Tap Tap Kaboom brand that showcases his experiments, designs and classes. Follow him on Dribbble, Instagram, Ello and YouTube. He also has a newsletter type thing that you can subscribe to.