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Learn Adobe Photoshop: Editing and Shooting a Stop Motion GIF

teacher avatar Dana Gaertner, Graphic Designer & Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Collecting Inspiration


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    • 6.

      Image Selection


    • 7.

      Clipping Paths


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    • 9.

      BONUS! Adding Text


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    • 12.

      Final Thoughts


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Welcome to Craft a Photographic GIF! In this class you will learn alongside Dana, as she walks you through her process of creating a gif from a cocktail. You see every step she takes from her setup and shooting, to editing and exporting. These gifs are perfect for Instagram and a great excuse to make yourself your favorite drink. 

This class is for anyone who wants to make a gif! If you are a beginner to the world of gifs, the steps are easy to follow along to and if you have experience making gifs, you can gain a more in depth understanding through this course. 

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Dana Gaertner

Graphic Designer & Photographer


Hi there! I'm Dana. I am fueled by graphic design and photography. I adore colors, shapes, and chunky type. Photography is my right hand man– I couldn’t imagine life with out it. I can't wait to share my passion with you.

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1. Welcome!: Hi there. And welcome to craft a photographic gift. My name is data, and I'm so excited to be teaching his class today. You may recognize me from my first class on still share, which is called in cancer photography editing in Adobe Light Room and Photoshopped. Either way, I'm so happy for you to be here during this class, I'm going to be walking through the process of creating a photographic gift. Now, we're not just gonna be creating a photographic if out of any old object. No, we're going to be using cocktails. You may be wondering, Dina, why do I want to make a photographic get? What good doesn't serve well? Not only are they really fun to make, but they look awesome on social media, especially instagram. If you're doing social media marketing, posting a gift is a really great way to gain extra engagement on your posts and to show off your brand personality in a unique new way. If you're posting in this gift just to your personal page, it's an awesome wait to learn new programs and to learn the possibilities that are out there for content creation. This class is best suited for while everybody, Whether you're new to animated GIFs or a seasoned pro, you'll find something beneficial in this class. I hope you're pumped, and I hope you're already in your kitchen making your cocktail, because in the next lesson, I'm going to be watching you through your class project. 2. Class Project: this class is set up so you can follow along and craft your own photographic gift. As I walk you through the process of creating my gift, you'll be able to apply these techniques to your own class project for this class project. You should choose your favorite cocktail once you have that settled. I know it's a big decision. It's time to start planning your animation. This will be how the gift moves. Since this gift is going to be made up of all still images, it's best to think as if you are making a basic stop motion animation. I recommend looking into inspiration gifts. Giffey dot com has a ton of great examples. Then it will be time to shoot the images. Once you have done that, import your images into Photoshopped and let the gift magic happen. I'd love to see higher gift turns out. So feel free to post some in the class Project gallery. All right, now, under the fun part, let's get shooting 3. Collecting Inspiration: Teoh the third lesson in this lesson. We're going to be talking about planning your gift, coming up with an idea and finding inspiration. Gifts. The first thing I want to mention is that there's two different ways to create a gift. The first option is creating a gift. Out of still frames is the photographic gift that I'm talking about. Basically, you want to think of creating a gift like this as if you're creating a stop motion animation. So you really want to think through every single little movement that you want to be shown in your GIF. The second way that you can create a gift is through video. So say you just set up a video camera and record something you are then able. Teoh typically pull out into photo shop and have Photoshopped create different creams for you. This will create a more smooth looking GF But like I said, we're going to be focusing on a photographic gift. So the first step I am going to take before I get started photographing my gift is I'm going to look for inspiration. My favorite website to look for inspiration is on giffey dot com. Um, There's a ton of gifts on here, and you can even download them and use some in different applications. But we're just going to be using it for inspiration. So I'm just going to search up cocktails, since I want to create a cocktail death. Um, I'm just gonna scroll through and show you some gifts that stand out to me, and then I'm going to show you the ones that I already saved to my desktop and amusing as an inspiration. So, first and foremost, I see this one, and I know I have this one saved already, but this is pretty much a photographic type of gift that we're going to be creating. So as you can tell that they took a picture of every single martini that is shown here and then just kept the frame animation in the same spot. And, um, yeah, this is pretty much what we're going to be doing, So I think this is a great example. Um, I'm already seeing some gifts that I have saved, so I'm just going to skip over them. But this GIF you comptel is probably a video gift because it is very smooth. Um, you can tell his hand moving is not choppy at all. So I would say this They shot with a video camera and then created it. Frames with that afterwards. Um, this kind of gun, I would say, is probably a video GIF I We can create something kind of like this in a individual frame type gift, which is what we're going to be doing. We could create something like this, but it probably will not be as smooth of a transition as this, but you could probably achieve something. This is another type of photographic gift that we could achieve through this course. So this is a good example, just showing that different garnish at the top changing. We could do that. Something like this we could also do so you can see that they are just moving the, uh each. They're moving each bottle over one each frame to create that kind of back and forth movement. So that's something we can dio. So, as you can tell, if he has a ton of different inspiration gifts that you can look for um yeah, they have a lot of cool ones on here. Now I'm going to show you the gifts that I have saved. So if you want to view a gift, an easy way to do that is just pull it from your desktop like this. Inspiration Gifts. Just pull it into your browser and it will play, because if you open a guess, you'll see it comes up like this, and you don't really get a feeling for how it moves, so you can just pull it into your browser to view it. I really like how this gift has the lime moving. That is something that we can definitely do with a frame animation. Just set the lime in one spot, take a picture, rotate it, take a picture, rotate it, take a picture, etcetera. And then once you put them all together, you could achieve this really cool, simple spinning of a lime. This is a stop motion type gift, which I thought just kind of highlights how we would be creating our gifts so you can tell they set the coffee beans into that swirl movement and then take a picture, and then they'd have to hand move the beings Teoh a different spot to get the steam effect . So this is a good example for how we will be creating a gift and just another idea of how you can take pictures for gifts like you don't have to just take a picture of the glass like I'm going to be showing you. But you could do something like this as well, where you set up a composition with an object. This is a gift that I'm pretty sure there's a combination of stop motion and video, because when he is pouring the drinks, it looks like it would be from a video because it's nice and smooth. But then when the bottles and cans move into the frame, I think it's stop animation because it's a little choppier. So I think their hand moving those in between each frame and then recording a video of him pouring the drinks. I also think this is a cool gift, because I like the idea of building the drink. So even though I will not be doing something, we're family showing my hand or showing the actual drink being poured in. I think it's cool to see the layering of the drink, so that's inspiration I got from that one. This I think is a video as well, and I think they have these on some sort of rotating stand or something, because it is so smooth. It looks really good. So that would just be rotating the glass. Like if we want to do something like that, we would just take a picture of the glass in one position, rotate it, take another picture, rotate it, etcetera. Here's another example of that. Like I said, it's just so smooth. I think it's definitely unlike a rotating table. So my plan for shooting is I'm going to be kind of taking inspiration from the skiff. Mainly I love how that is moving, and also the's gifts were also my inspiration. I'm picturing my glass rotating and I'm picturing having limes as a garnish for the cosmos . So, yeah, um, I also I'm thinking of having a white background like this, so I'm planning on setting up a backdrop for this. So I have a nice, even toned background, and this will also make editing the gifts pretty easy and ensuring that the background doesn't change at all in the lighting stays consistent throughout shots. Since I'm going to be using natural aiding, I don't want to risk a change of light in each gift. So having this white background will help me be able to easily add it. Any of those in perfect changes. So, yeah, once you guys have your inspiration gifts chosen, you can go ahead and plan how you want to shoot your gifts. And then in the next lesson, I will show you how I set up my make sure photo studio. See you there. 4. Setup: All right, so time for the sun, A portion of this class This is going to be an essential part of creating your gift. It's going to really set the tone for how your gift lux and is going Teoh just stage and ensure that your gift is the best possible it can be. So let's get started. So the first thing I did was I put this white backdrop. It's just a paper background, um, Jack taped to the wall, and it's just sitting on a coffee table that I have in my living room, so kind of makeshift set up. But it works. It gets the job done. So if you don't have access to this role paper, you might have access to foam board. And that is a really beneficial way. Teoh kind of cheat this system so you could just put it as your service here and that also vertical here. It will just give you a very even block of color toe work with. So if you want to use a white backdrop for black or pink or whatever, you can buy that home court, and it will just give you in every studio like feel to your guests. Another thing I have is my camera. So I have my camera on a tripod, which is going to be essential. I'm really encourage you guys to put your camera on a tripod. If you have one, ideally or if you don't have a tripod, you can also put it on a stool or table that is at the right height for shooting. So this going Teoh be really beneficial to you because you walk to keep the same angle throughout your whole shooting process of the one gift. So you want the same height, same angle. You really just want to make sure your camera is in the same position, every single shot. I am also using a Nikon lens. I'm using a 24 1 20 millimeter at four. I'm going to be shooting at probably a 16 of 16 because I don't want much depth of field. This is gonna be a personal preference, but that's just how I plan on shooting. If you don't have a camera, even use your phone. A fun should give you good images as well toe work. The last part of your set up that you want Teoh have is lighting. So I have this set up next to this open window which in my apartment gives me the most amount of light. I have limited lighting in here. So this is what I have to work with. So I haven't set up next to this open window. It will look a sufficient amount of light if you have a studio lights, that would be really awesome to use. But an open window works just as well. Alright, I'm off to make my cocktail and I'll be right back. 5. Shooting: Okay, so I have my Cosmo made. Have it positioned where I want it. So now I am just going Teoh, I just made tripod. Now you want this as centered as you can make it. So here's my set up so far. So I'm a F 16 at 1/60 of a second, and that looks pretty good to me. Now I'm going to add a live a beautiful garnish. What I want to do is kind of spin the glass around. So you have that. I'm just making sure that the glass stays exactly where iss I'm just gonna turn it a little bit. Shoot, turn, shoot, turn. You can see how this kind of turned. We are seeing a difference in lighting, just like every position this. So, since I'm a repositioning, I'm going to want to reshoot. I'm just going to put my exposure up too much. - It's not gonna work on adding some garnishes, so I'm just going to kind of dress up in the scene a little bit, a couple line jobs and a lime See, that's cute. Still into cocktail sunder. So now I'm going to maybe tickle I'm away other line way said Another line, Very got that. But maybe take even that likely. So now that we have our images shot of our cocktail, I am going to show you how to pull the images into Photoshopped and how to start building your gift. And, of course, treat yourself to your cocktail. Cheers, delicious. 6. Image Selection: in this lesson. We're going to be selecting the frames that we want to use for the gifts. We will be editing those. And then I will be showing you how Teoh open them into Photoshopped from bridge. I'm going to be using bridge to edit. You could use bridge if you have access to it. Otherwise, you could do these color corrections in light room. It's pretty similar. Or if you just have access to photo shop, you can definitely just open these in photo shop and edit them all that way. Enbridge, I will be showing you how I select my images at it. Them in camera raw. So I have my images open in bridge and I am just going to start looking through them in seeing which images I want to use for my goats. So one thing I'm going to be looking for is consistent lighting. So I will be using the image 57 11. So I'm just going to start a list of which images I'm going to be using. So, as you can see, you're starting to see how the animation will look in its final state. As I flipped through these images. You see the glass start to rotate, and you kind of get a feel for how it will look. So that's something that you want to keep in mind when you are selecting your images, so just making sure everything's in focus. Whatever the case, just make your selections and then I will show you all my selections. Once I am editing them, I am just going to select each of my images that I wrote down by holding the command about in on my keyboard. And then once I have them all selected, I'm going to double quick one of them, and it will open up, all of them in raw. All right, so here they are, all in rock, and you can see them on the left side. You see each image you've been through and see them, and you can add it each one individually like this. Or you can choose one to edit and then apply the edits Teoh Every single image which I will show you after I get my basic edits down. So I like using this image as my starter image because you see the red and you see the green nicely so that gives me most of the colors. I'm just going to start off by bringing the exposure up. I don't want the glass to be too washed out, so I'm being mindful of that. But I do want the blue to be a little lighter just going and in the temperatures. Seeing if this helps get rid of some of that blue playing around with the Tinto Little. I think that looks pretty pretty good. Um, I do want to add a little bit of contrast, so you can tell you can see some of the definition in the edges a little bit better if you add contrast moving on to highlight. See, I do like some brightness in the highlights. So that's nice. Um, just bring the shadows up a little bit. Teoh make a pink a little brighter. And then whites. I do want some bright white, but I don't really want you see this red area right here? That means the white is blown out. I don't want too much of that. So if I go up, you can tell all of this is like total white. So you have no information there. That's not what I want. It's tell us that's pretty good blacks. Let's see, I don't like how light the pink looks there. So we're just gonna pull. It's just a little. And then let's add the texture or a clarity to 10. That's my go to clarity number. And then we're gonna bring the vibrance up to 10 as well. Should we play of saturation? Typically, I don't go for saturation because it looks a little unnatural. But I think no, I'm not gonna do saturation. Vibrance is a little more natural if you add that. So that's why I usually just add 10 of that. So I would say this is looking pretty good. So now that we have our final at it for this image, I'm just going to select all my other images by holding shift and then clicking the last image. And then I'm going to right click on all these selected images and say, sync settings. I keep the default things checked and just okay, Then you can see them all changing, and you can go through and just make sure they all look the same. So this bottom one, I did think was gonna have some issues because the colors were were a little bit different . So I'm just gonna pull this exposure down touch. That should be good. So, holding shift again, selecting all of them. And then I'm going to say open images. And this is going to open all of them in Adobe Photo Shop. And there we have it. We have all our images imported into Dobie Photo shop. In the next lesson, I will be showing you how to create a clipping path around the glass and then turning the background white. So we have a nice, clean canvassed over gun. All right, I'll see you there. 7. Clipping Paths: come to perfecting our images in photo shop. In this lesson, I am going to be creating a clipping path around the glass, and then I will be showing you how you can add a mask that you created from the path and turning the background white. So let's get started to begin. I am just going to hit command one on my keyboard, and that is going to bring my image up at 100%. But I'm going to hit P to get my pen tool, or you can go to your toolbar. Now you can click in your layers panel. You can click paths, but you don't have to right away automatically. Your pen tool will start a new path. As you can see, it just showed up here no matter what. So I'm just going to start, and I clicked a point and then dragged my mouse a little bit outward so that I have anchors on both sides. Now, if you guys have never used the pen tal before, it will be a little difficult at first. It's a little finicky, but I want to get the hang of it. It is really nice and creates a really nice paths. So I'm starting a little bit off of this curve because it will be easier to create a curve if I'm not right on the corner like it will make a more natural looking curve as opposed to just a point. So I'm gonna click at the edge of this class, and I'm going to pull outwards. Now. You mainly want to stay parallel to your path that you're following. You also want to create as many for the least amount of points possible again. That just creates a more smooth looking path. Um, going over here now, I'm going to click command on my keyboard and click this anchor point here, which is blue. And I'm just going to drink that up to create a nice curve around the entire edge of the glass. And then you can see this point over here is now active. So if I click a spot here, it's coming from that point drinking that parallel to the side of the glass. I have that. And then I can adjust this point by clicking here on this anchor and adjusting it like so. All right, scrolling down. I'm just following this path. So there is, like, a little bump here, so I'm just going to take that a little smaller in a little smaller sections. And with every point you're doing, you're pulling the edges out space bar to got this hand to move your image around. So this is not as quick as using the quick selection tool, but it makes a lot smoother of a path, much more perfected path. It also allows you to adjust this path at any point in your editing, which is really nice. And then when you're ready to close off your path, you can click the same point that you want to snap it, Teoh. And you can see that a little circle went next to my pen cursor, which means that it's going to connect to that path. So if I go off of it and I click here, you can tell it will not be connected. So just that and I do want new still pull out. All right, so here is our final work path, and you can just double click and rename it, So I'm just gonna name it glass. So now that we have that work path done. I am going. Teoh, highlight my background layer. Click it and drag it into this box with the plus sign around it that is going to duplicate my layer. You can also break, click at and could duplicate layer. So I'm doing that so that we do not change our background layer at all. And we always have that as a safety nut. If we mess something up and need to go back to it, just going to name this quite because now we are going. Teoh, turn the background white. So going back to the glass path I'm going to, right. Click this and I'm going to hit make selection. It's going to ask you about a feather radius which basically just how many pixels you choose to set this feather radius to is how many pixels off of your path it will select. So I am just going to keep it at one pixel and there you have it. You can see the path and then you're going to go toe layers with your white layer selected , you are going to click on this white rectangle with a circle in the middle, and this is your mask button. So, as you can see, it says add layer mask, which is what we want. So now we have our mask. So what this means is the white part that you can see here is what would be changed. So we don't want to change the glass. We want to change the background. So we're just going to click command. I toe in verse, the mask. So now you can see the background is white, which will be affected, and we're going to go to effects, which is the FX. Um, and we're going to do color overly. So we want this toe white. So I'm just going to drink this all the way to White. All right, there we go. So what we're going to do here is we want a natural looking white background. So what? I mean, like, what I mean with that is we don't want our capacity to be at 100% because this looks unnatural. Like, it looks like we just clipped out this glass and put it on a white background. We still want some natural backdrop in there. If we take the opacity down, we can still see that shadow, which is cast it off of the glass. So I'm just playing around and seeing what I like. 53 looks pretty good to me. And then you can hit, okay. And there it is. I'm just gonna hit commands here, out to fit that in the screen so you can see that it is a more white background still maintaining shadows and highlights which we photographed in the actual background. So that's perfect. And we did this in a nondestructive way, which is also great. So I'm ask is not destructive. You can unclip this check mark and it will unlinked the mask to that specific layer and you can uncheck the effects. So there we have it. Now I'm going to show you how I save this and show you how I'm going to organize all these images to make it easier. Once we move on to the next step which will be cropping, I'm going to hit command shift us, which is save as which you could go to file save as and then I'm going to title it because Cosmo dash 01 and I'm going to save it as a photoshopped file because I am still going to want this copy, and I'm gonna want to crop it later. So I don't want to save it as a J peg because I want all these layers still. So save. And then this will be very nice because then moving on as I saved the other images, I can save them in order. And it will make it so much easier to make the gift. So this is going to be my last frame. So if I save this as Cosmo 02 then it would be totally out of order. So I'm going to save this as my last number of frames. This would be my second frame, and I'm going to do the same process on each of these images. Here. I'm going, Teoh, put them with my pen tool at 100%. - Rename my path to glass, duplicate my background layer, rename it white. Go back to my paths. Right. Click. Make selection, Father Radius one. Go back to my layers. Click the white rectangle with the circle. Add layer mask command I toe in verse the layer mask. Go to the FX toe, Add a layer style go to color overlay at the White at 53%. Because we want it to be the same on all the images hit, okay. And their habits. I'm gonna save that as Cosmo Dash 02 as a Photoshopped file. So I will do this to all of my other images. And then in the next lesson, I will show you how we're going. Teoh, align these images and crop them so they are all the same size for our guests. 8. Cropping: welcome to the cropping portion of this class. In this lesson, we will be focusing on making sure that all of our images for each frame are the exact same ratio. So the exact same within height cropping are images is a very important step since we want all our frames to line up perfectly. We don't want to see the glass move around too much. All we want to see it's just the rotation. So I'm going to start off by using this image with the lions. I'm starting off with that image of, as opposed to, say, this image, since the one with the limes has more on the sides. So this is going to help me get a feel for how I want to center this image. I do want to keep the glass in the center, but I also don't want the limes to feel to off balance either. So this image is going to be my reference image for each of these other frames. It's important to use the same image as your reference image as you begin to crop all the other images, because if there is a slight differences in some of your other images that you crop after you use this as your reference. Then if you use this image to crop, say this one, then it will keep moving more and more off center, and it will just be more noticeable. So we really want to stick with using this one on Lee as a reference image. I'm going to be cropping my GIF in a four by five ratio, since that is what Instagram's vertical post ratio is more specifically, their size on instagram is 13 50 pixels by 10 80 pixels. So I'm just going to get started and crop this one so you can hit C on your keyboard or you can hit this crop. But in in your toolbar in the ratio section, I'm going to type in 13 50 pixels by 10 80 pixels. I'm just gonna hit these arrows to flip it, and there we have it. Now, when I drag these corners, it will maintain that ratio, and I'm just going to move it to how I think looks best. So again, I want this pretty center. So I think I, like, held this look, so I'm just going to hit, enter, and there we have it now I'm just going to save as so command shift us or you can go to your drop down menu from file and hit Save as so last time when we saved our clipping paths , we saved each image as a P S D. This time we're going to save them as a J peg, since that is how we're going to be creating the gift with a dry peg. So, J Peg, my name's right was gonna hit save, and I just always do maximum quality. And there we have. I'm just going to close this tab out and I'm gonna hit Don't say, because I don't want to override my original PSD file. I want the full image in the PSD, so I'm just gonna hit Don't save. All right? So I just pulled this J pig image back into photo shop, and we will now be using this as our reference image for every single one of these other frames. So to start off, you're just going to click and drag this image into your next tab. And then the next step you want to do is go to the FX button and click color overlay. This is going to add a nondestructive color overlay so that we will better be able to see where we should be cropping the image. So what you wanna do is just add any color that you want. Doesn't matter. You won't see it anyway. And the opacity will start off at 100 and you just want to drop it down to a lower opacity . Next, you are going to change the opacity of the layers so you can actually see what's below it. Right now we just change the opacity for the bread overlay. But we actually want to be able to see this original image behind it. So changing the opacity of this layer will do that. I just drop it down to 66. Or honestly, it doesn't really matter as long as you conceive below it. So then I'm just gonna do command plus on the keyboard to zoom in and coming. Come in and command minus to zoom out. So what you're going to want to do is choose a point on your subject matter that you are going to stick with when you are lining up these images for every single other frame. This is important because if for this image I lined this image up at the bottom here and I'm looking at this point telling them up, then that is good. And if I take this image and do it to this'll But then when I'm overlaying this image, I'm aligning this top portion. There could be inconsistencies because the glass might not be perfectly symmetrical. You may have moved slightly, you know, you just want to stay as consistent as possible. So I'm just going to line these up. I just look until the glass, like, super crispy. Here we go, command minus to zoom out and we can see. See, Alex. It looks even. Don't at the bottom, but at the top. C you're seeing the Lyman's different. That's fine, which is something to take notice of. And that's why you want toe. Always stick with that same point, because then at least the base of your image is staying the same. So now I'm going to go to the crop but in or C on your keyboard, and for this you don't want to have any ratio. If you have a ratio, you're cropping, will not snap to the edge of the Slayer. So that's why having no ratio is super helpful. Because if I just drag this down, it snaps right there. Super easy. And then you just hit Enter, and it's perfect on every side. So now I'm just going to hide that layer and save as so command shift us again. We're saving these SJ pegs. All right, there we go. You can just take this player that we already made and drag it to our next frame. And we don't even have to redo that whole color overly. So now just lining this one back up. See, I can line it up at the top, but then the basis off. So that's why we want tow line up the base. And sometimes it's easier to see if you play around with the opacity a little bit more. So don't be afraid to change that. All right, that looks pretty good. Now I'm gonna hit C to crap, and I have no ratio up here, and I'm just snapping it to the sites. Hit. Enter. Perfect. Hide this layer. Command, shift us and save as a JPEG. Copy this layer over to Cosmo five. Then I am just going to be aligning Thies to the rest of my frames. I'll speed that process up for you guys, and then in the next lesson, I'll show you a bonus tip on how you can add text to your images. 9. BONUS! Adding Text: welcome to the bonus. Listen, in this lesson, I'll be showing you guys how to add text player behind your subject matter. I think this is a really fun way just to add a little more personality to your last frame. The text I am going to be adding is either Cosmo or Cosmopolitan. I'll decide as I go. So I'm just gonna hit tea on my keyboard and that will bring out my text tool. Otherwise, you can go down to your toolbar and hit the T there as well. So I'm gonna click, and I have Cosmopolitan there, and I am going to select it. And I'm just going Teoh flip through some different funds I have. All right. I think I'm going to go with this pond. I'm just going to try to break up this word a little bit, so I'm just starting to play with size and positioning. And I am doing this all on my PSD file so that I can play with the layers. So this is a good example of why you would save the PST file. So I want there to be some overlay, but I want the letters to still be readable. I like how this is. So I'm going to click on the layer mask that we already made and I want to duplicate it. So I am going to hold option on my keyboard, and I'm going to drag it up toothy layer I wanted applied to. Now, if you keep this link, as is when you move the text, it keeps that same cut out of where it waas. So we want to get rid of that. So I'm just gonna hit, commands you to go back, and then I'm going to unlike it. And now my text is the same. Now my text is able to be moved behind this layer. No problem. And then I'm going to do the same with this Politan dragged out up there. Unlike it going to click on this text box. Now I'm able to move it, just keeping in mind where I'm going to be cropping this later. All right, so I like how this looks. So I'm just going back to my Cosmo eight j peg, which was the first image that we cropped and saved. And I'm going to drag get into this and do the same thing that we did before. So going toe effects, adding the overlay and then changing the opacity. Let's see to crap. Remember, you don't want a ratio on this. Get rid of this layer command shift us save as. And I'm going to save this as Cosmo. Eight text and I'm saving it as a J peg. And there you have it. That's how you add text into your clipping masks. In the next lesson, we will be animating all of the's frames in Photoshopped. 10. Animate: Okay, Now we're in one of the final steps and probably the main step for making your gift. So we're going to be animating in this lesson. You first want to start off with one image open. I just chose Cosmo eight, which is going to be my final frame. Actually, my final frame is gonna have the text, but it doesn't really matter which image you have open. So first and foremost to begin animating a gift in photo shop, you want to have your timeline panel open. So currently, I don't have my timeline panel open. I am just going to go to the top of the bar on my screen and click window and then opened the timeline. So when you have your timeline open, you have two options. You can create a video timeline or you can create a frame animation timeline. What we're going to be using is frame animation. So just by hitting this arrow, you can select that if it is not already. So once we have that open, I am going to go to file and I'm going to go to scripts and then I'm going to go to load up files into Stack. This is going to be able to open all of our images in one photo shop document. So I'm going to use files. So I'm gonna browse my files, and I am going to click all the ones I want to open. So I have all the ones I want to open. You can also click attempt to automatically align source images. So this is helpful if you didn't cropped? Um, exactly the same. But I am confident that I did. So I am going to leave that unchecked, and I'm gonna hit. Okay. So as you can see, we have all of the images loading into our layers panel. The next step we're going to Dio is go to our timeline panel and click on the button that says create frame animation. So we see this pulls up our first layer here. Now to get all these other layers into this timeline bar, we're going Teoh, go to the upper right hand corner in the timeline panel and click on those bars. Then from this menu, you are going Teoh select make frames from layers and this just pulls all of your images in there. So as you can see it pulls the last image in first. So our frames or backwards? No worries. All we have to dio is select all of them. So I have the selected. I'm just gonna hold shift and click on the 1st 1 and it will select all them in between. And then you're going to go to that same bar I can, and you're going to click reverse frames. And here it just reverses them. So I'm gonna hit play and see how they look. So it looks got just a little fast. So I'm going to click the 1st 1 Hold, shift, click. The last one hit the zero second spot in, and I'm going to change it. 2.2 seconds. This is where I like my animations to be. The next thing I'm going to do is I think it is a little fast where it says Cosmopolitan. So I'm going to slow that one frame down so you can click this to about 10. And you can change how fast you want this frame to be. So I have two seconds now. So now I think that's a little long, So I'm hitting space bar toe. Play these and to stop them. Or you can click this play button. Try one second. All right. So I like the look of that. So I'm going to stop this now. This is a fine animation just like this. However, it doesn't automatically loop back. So I wanted to reverse itself. So to do that, I'm going to start not with this final image, but with the image before that. So the second to last image, and I'm going to select all the ones before it. And I'm going to hit option on my keyboard, click thes and dragged them behind the final frame. Now, the's stayed in the same order, but since I wanted to play back, I need to reverse them. So I'm going back to these bars and I'm clicking reverse frames, and they're they're reversed. I didn't need to duplicate this one because I already have it for a longer time. So I only need to show this frame once. All right? Playing from the beginning. Okay. So you can tell that this that frame right there, this frame is holding a little longer because we have it duplicated as the first frame and as a very last frame. So I only need one of those. So I'm going to drag this 15th frame to the trash. Don't need it much better. Honestly, I don't even know if I need this 1st 1 here, so I'm just gonna delete it for now. I can always hit commands if I want it back. I want to see how it looks without it. Yeah, I like it better without it. The lime stays on there much smoother. Perfect. So here is our final gift. In the next lesson, I will be showing you guys how to export and render this gift for Web use and for social media. 11. Exporting: Okay, so now we are ready. Teoh, render Argh! If I'm going to be going over two different ways that you can export your gift, the first option I'm going to be talking about is saving it as a dot gif file, which would be standard for Web use. And then I'm going to go over saving it to a video file, which allows you to upload it to instagram. First and foremost, I'm going to show you how to dio just a classic gift save. So I know you guys cannot see the top of my computer screen, but you're going to go to file and then you're going Teoh export, And then you're going to go down to save for web. So for preset, you're going to go up. Teoh gift 1 28 No dither. What no tether does is you can tell it kind of drops the color quality that happens in the gift. So it went from I think it was at 300 something colors to now 128 colors. This just makes a gift load faster for Web purposes by taking out any extra colors, so it looks not a smooth but that's what makes the file size go down. I'm going to change the pixel size to 13 5th and change the pixel size to 13 50 10 80. All right, so I have my new size of 13. 50 by 10. 80 and it significantly made the file size go down, which is good. And then I'm just going to hit save after you make sure that you have your looping options to forever because you want the gift to keep going. So I'm going to save my def. All right? So I just pulled my gift into my Google chrome tab and here it iss so that looks pretty good to me. So saving that gift file, I can add that to a website. I could upload it to giffey dot com at it to a blogger, anything like that. But if I want to post this gift to social media like Instagram, it will not accept a gift file name. So what we're going to have to do is save it to a video. So I'm going to go to file and then this time I'm going to go to export. And instead of safer web, I'm going to go all the way down and hit Render video. As you can tell, it's saving this to an MP four file and before it will allow us to upload this to instagram for this, I'm going to change this again. 13 50 by 10 Beauty If you're changing one of the is you want to make sure to change both of them. Otherwise you'll get proportionate gift. So make sure all frames air select dead and then we're gonna hit render And here is our video that we can upload to Instagram. 12. Final Thoughts: Yeah. Hello again. Thank you all so much for taking the time to watch this class. I hope you enjoyed it. And I hope you came out with a really cool guest again. I'm love to see what your gift looks like. So feel free to post them in the class Project gallery. And remember, I have another class on skill share. Enhance your photography editing in light room and Photoshopped. So if that interest you at all, please feel free to head on over there and give it a watch. I'll see you guys later.