Animate In Photoshop: Easy Video Rotoscoping and Animating Premium class

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

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15 Videos (1h 24m)
    • Introduction and Welcome!

    • Why Use Photoshop to Animate? How I Use Photoshop in Multimedia. A Case Study?

    • Importing Your Video and Working With Different Video Formats

    • Royalty-Free and Public Domain Video Resources

    • Setting Up to Animate in Photoshop: Windows and Tools

    • Make a Quick & Dirty Stop Motion Animation By Adjusting Your Frames Per Second

    • Drawing Right Over Your Video and Making a Simple Frame By Frame Animation

    • Using the Onion Skin Options to Make More Decisive Drawings (Frame By Frame)

    • Use the "Wiggle" Technique to Get More Mileage Out of Your Drawings (Looping)

    • Let's Have Photoshop Animate For Us (Position, Scaling, Opacity, Rotation, etc.)

    • Rotoscoping and Animating the Frame By Frame Way (*The Essence of How I Work)

    • Adding Filters and Other Special Effects to Your Video (For Good or For Evil)

    • Turning a Video Into an Animated Painting With Brushes

    • Exporting the Final Video From Photoshop

    • Thanks for Taking This Course.


About This Class


Are you ready to take your videos to the next level?

This easy to follow course will help you make original, custom animations using Adobe Photoshop that look professional and can be 100% used as stand-alone movies (without needing any other software) or in combination with other video, animation, and multimedia software programs for a full range of effects and purposes. FREE 30 day trials of Photoshop are available at Adobe's website.

In this course you will learn my very favorite animation and video rotoscoping techniques to create powerful multimedia projects ranging from laughably simple (think stick figures waving) to more sophisticated and complex (such as my own award-winning series of films screened internationally in film festivals and online since 2002.)

In this course you'll learn step by step how to:

  • Harness the power of Photoshop to create simple or complex frame by frame animations, with or without using Photoshop's timeline.
  • Easily turn a regular video into a stop-motion animated video by making simple frame rate adjustments.
  • Apply a full range of effects to your video to create animated elements or a stand-alone animation even if you CAN'T DRAW.
  • Coax Photoshop to animate objects and layers for you (without having to draw anything) by making position, size, and opacity changes, to name just a few possibilities.
  • Craft multiple effects at once to create more complex final animations by using multiple layers.
  • Capture complex movements by bringing in video, drawing right over it, and (optionally) throwing the video guide out so all that is left is your new animation with its sophisticated movements. (That's rotoscoping!)

I start from the very beginning using Adobe Photoshop. Free 30 day trials of Photoshop are available from Adobe's website BUT many of the techniques I show you in this course (such as frame by frame animation) can be achieved in virtually any imaging software combined with your favorite video editing program.

All of my techniques are explained so you will 100% understand how they work. You can then decide how much time you will spend on each animation which will then affect your end results.

I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.

I have over 15 years of experience teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately to your art, work, and everyday life.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this animating in Photoshop course and join our growing learning community! Let's get started building your animation, multimedia, and video skills today.

15 of 15 students recommendSee All

Kristen knows her photoshop animation. But the course was hard to follow. It would have helped to see a realistic "wiggle" animation. Something that would have actually been used in the video instead of a random image. This process is time consuming. The class will let you know if you want to explore this type of animation further.
Great class. Shows you how to do frame by frame drawing and basic animation. I never thought about being able to do this with photoshop. Instructions very clear and easy to follow for something that is not so straight-forward.
I found this I was wanting to learn basic animation....





Kristen Palana

Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm a multimedia artist and educator based in Rome, Italy and a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome where I also run its Film and Digital Media Program. I have 15+ years of university and adult education teaching experience in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Besides teaching at Skillshare and other online platforms to students in over 155 countries, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I earned my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.