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CREATE GIFS from illustrations in PHOTOSHOP

teacher avatar Zara Martina, Surface Pattern Designer + Crafter

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Prepare your images

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Animate your illustrations

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Save your gifs and videos

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About This Class

Bring your illustrations to life in Photoshop in 3 quick lessons! Learn how to:

  1. PREP your illustrations to edit for animation
  2. USE THE TIMELINE in Photoshop to animate your work 
  3. SHARE your illustrations as a GIF or VIDEO

Right now, everyone is using moving images to draw attention to their art on social media, advertising and selling online. 

Get ahead and start learning today how to bring life to your illustrations and have fun with it too!


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Zara Martina

Surface Pattern Designer + Crafter


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1. Introduction: bring your illustrations to life. With the help of this illustration, I'll be teaching you how to move things like the branches, change up the textures in the clouds and also get these little guys swinging across your screen, so let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - Prepare your images: so welcome to lesson one, and this is all about prepping your images. I would say the best device I can give you if you're preparing a gift or a video from your illustrations is to prepare your illustrations in layers you can see in this image. I've got a few things going on. I had the tree had the clouds on also had the birds in the foreground. Here in the first place, I realized that I wanted to actually have thes little birdies swinging back and forth from the tree. So I need to have them on a separate layers so that I can easily click on that layer here. Andi, just kind of like, move them around without interfering with anything else going on on the page. Another thing that I've done is I prepared the the clouds here in the background. So if I go into this lay here, that's his sky. I've added a texture. Now, later on, I want to be able to have the option to maybe change that texture or have it flashing on and off. So just brings a little bit more life to the gift. As we work through you see if you flush this on and off, you can see the clouds will be changing. That's another reason for having separate layers. Also, the tree here at a later day. I possibly want to start having that move around and swaying with the way toothy the birds swinging back and forth so really good to work in layers. And then Teoh perhaps group your layers to Once you start moving objects around inside your illustration, you need to think about how they're going to look when they move around the screen. So here, for example, the birds of fine, they're moving around. They look great. But when I originally created these birds, I had no background. They were just the birds only. But then when I put the background in, I realize that I think it's this lady here that I didn't actually fill the birds body in. So as you move them around, you can see that you can quite clearly see away the background, showing through the illustration of the birds s. All I did is just went back into the illustration. Andi, I filled in the bird's bodies in white and then when you move around you can see that it's it looks great. Nothing shows through eso That's something that you should should consider also. So just decide on which elements you can have moving in your illustration and just double check like how they're gonna move around and what they're going to look like against other other things going on in your image. 3. Lesson 2 - Animate your illustrations: Welcome back on did in this lesson, we're going to learn how to finally bring out registrations to life. So to do this, I need to select the area that I want to move inside this layer. Um, are all the elements that are in here that you can see on the screen that selected Now, what you need to do is you need to start duplicating them and moving them, and you can see already. I've I've already done that. You can see here. I've made lots and lots of layers, and I've moved him slightly each time. What I'm gonna do is just turn that off and I'm gonna show you exactly how I did that. So, Theo, area that you want to move you selected, I put them all into a folder to make things easy. You want to make a copy, duplicate the group, okay? And then going to the next layer, the copy that you've made on because I want this swinging backwards backwards and forwards . And I want the actual string to remain in place. So it doesn't look weird and it runs smoothly as possible. I want to move this center point here from selection box. And I just want to play sit here where I want the the string, uh, to remain So I want the image to kind of be anchored at this point, and then all I'm gonna do is on them Just gonna swing it slightly, swing it slightly with its selected to the left, and you can see already how that's moving so you can decide how much you want If you want, like, quite a deep swing or you want it to be gradual. I'm just gonna do a little bit here and there. Just gonna click, apply, and then you just keep doing that. Every lay you make a duplicate group click. OK, go onto that next layer. Take this point used as an anchor, Move it a little bit more click apply and just keep going until you work your way right the way through Andi, until you're happy with E the whole way that the images move in. So what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna delete those layers. I've just been them showing you how Teoh duplicate and I'm going to go until the ones that I've already prepared before. So next we need to open up our timeline. And to do that, we need to go to the top here and click her workspace on Scroll down to motion. And what that will do is open up this thesis box here, which is our timeline. We need to go to the middle here on click this little arrow on that will give us two options even to create video timeline or a creator frame animation. So s so that's what we want to do. Want to click, create frame animation, then click it. Okay, So before we take all these individual layers into the timeline, what we need to do is just to click on each layer, right click on, then merged group. We need to do that with every layer. Right click merged group right there, ready before we move on. I'm just going to lock all the other areas in the illustration because I don't want them being moved around the first. Well, we got this tree up here, so I just want to lock that on, and then the backgrounds here. I want to lock those in place so nothing moves other than the actual images that we want to edit. Okay, so now I'm ready to get all the layers here and get them into the timeline and start editing them. To do that, I want to just turn off all the the eyes in every layer that I'm going to be editing on. I want to come down here to the timeline and click onto this frame in the timeline. And then all I'm going to do is just drag the frame and make a copy of it here. And then That gives me two frames. And because I've got 10 layers here that I want to use, I'm gonna make 10 frames. So I'm just gonna keep dragging them until I get to 10 frames. Just keep working. Click in dragon. Okay? And that's 10 frames. So now I'm gonna go back into the first frame. Andi, I'm gonna come back into our lays panel here, going to the first layer and turn the eye on with the first image and I'm going to go into the second frame in the timeline. And again, I'm gonna go into the the layers panel and click on the second layer, and I'm gonna continual the way through the layers until I get through to the 10th layer. So the third layer click on number 34 flu on the last 1 10 Okay, now we go back into the first frame in our timeline. What we need to do is we no need to work out how fast we want the layers to to move. So to do that, we can just click the below the frame here, you'll see a little arrow. Click that, and it gives you your time in. Now, if you want to do them all the same time roughly same interval in between each one. Just click the first frame, hold the shift key down and click the last frame, and that will select all the frames and go into the 1st 1 and then decide how many seconds you want that to run force to say. For example, I know one of dew 10.1 seconds. Okay, so now we're just going Teoh, put that to the test and click the play button And there it is. It's played. That was very quick. So we want to do for it to go on the loop. Teoh play continuously. We go down here to this box. Click that and you can have it plays as many times as you like or forever Or you If you go into other, you can actually decide how many times you want to have it played so further Sake of the tutorial, I'm just gonna put it on forever. And then you can get a good idea of how well it looks and then just click play. And there it is. That's quite cute, that swinging quite fast. So I'm gonna just slow them down a little bit, going to stop that. I'm gonna select the mole on and other So maybe one maybe 0.25 ago. Um, press play. And that's looking a little bit better. Okay, so the reason I kept the backgrounds in is I wanted to show you if you have a little things that you can do, So let's just go back into the timeline on Picon toe the backgrounds. Andi, we're going to go into the sky now. What I've done with this guy is I have a little texture in the cloud and to make like a subtle changes. Thes birds swing in. You can also say for example, going toothy third frame and you could just turn the eye off and that will turn e the textures down a little bit. And you could keep that for maybe the full freight frame and turn it off again. And then it will come back on again in the fifth and six and the seventh. Maybe, and maybe in the eighth frame we can turn it off and again in the ninth. We can turn it off. And if we come back into a timeline on when I press play, just check out the clouds. It's very subtle, but you can see them flashing on and off. Onda, um, just shows something else that you couldn't do. Another thing we could have. Maybe the tree swaying a little bit with the way to the birdies on what I do is just going to the tree layer, duplicated Andi in the new layer. I'll go to, um, edit, transform on dwarf on these tools really good for this, because you can just miss around just a little bit with the movement of the tree on, just give the illusion of it swaying. Maybe this spring still a little bit just very subtle. Okay. And click Apply. Now, Um, if you go to the time and I make sure that you're in the first frame in the timeline, just click that new layer off that you've made with the tray. On any point in the timeline, you can decide when you want the tree to start, Swain. So I'm gonna have it in the second frame. So click on the I for the new layer. Turn the other one off, teeth on in the third frame and back to normal in the 4th 5th and sixth. Maybe in the seventh. I'll put it on again on in Yates. And if we go back to the beginning of the timeline, then click play. You can see cute that looks with the birds swinging and the tree swaying in the event. 4. Lesson 3 - Save your gifs and videos: So we have to do now is to simply save our file as a gift by going to file export safer Web . Make sure that you select a gift in the top box here. Andi, I'm happy with my dimensions. Then all that remains to be done is just to click Save. If you'd like to share your gift on Instagram, you're gonna have to save it as, ah video eso. To do that, we need to go to file scroll down to, um export and down to render video. And what that will do is that will open up a new screen on Did you just I need to just check her dimensions and then just hit Render on that will render you a video to share on Instagram. So he is the finished gift on DA It looks super cute. Bird swinging in the tree earned the textures flashing on and off in the clouds and also the movement off the tree swinging with the way to the birds. Good luck with your animations. And don't forget to share with us on skill share. Thanks for taking the class