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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Basic, Frame Animation

October 10, 2019


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create a simple, frame animation in Photoshop. You can add as much or as
little graphics in your animation as you like. Keep in mind, the animation feature isn’t available in earlier versions.
Make a new document by pressing Ctrl + N on Windows or Cmd + N on a Mac.
I’ll make the size of this document 1280 by 720 pixels with a resolution of 150 pixels per inch. You can make yours any size you like.
To fit the document on your screen, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and choose a font. I’m choosing a font called “False 3D”. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link which is located in
the video description or project files. I’ll make the size: 116 points, Sharp, Center alignment and black for the color. Type out your text. To increase or decrease the space
between lines, go to Window and Character. The Character panel will open.
Highlight the bottom line and slide the “Baseline Shift” icon to the left or right. To center your text, click on the Move Tool and move it.
You can close the Character panel now. We’re ready to add color to the text, but first, we need to rasterize it. Go to Layer, Rasterize and Type.
Click on the foreground color, pick a color, then click OK. Open your Paint Bucket Tool and click inside your characters.
If you accidentally click on another part, press “z” to undo it. Repeat the process to
add color for each character. Next, we’ll cut and copy each character to
its own layer. To do this, open your Lasso Tool and carefully draw around the first character. Press Ctrl + J on Windows or Cmd + J on a Mac to cut
and copy the first character to its own layer. Make your original text layer active. Draw around the second character
and cut and copy it to its own layer.
Repeat this with every character. Hide the original layer and make a
composite snapshot of your image by making your top layer active and
pressing Ctrl + Shift Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift Opt + E on a Mac. Name it, “1”. This will be the first frame of your animation.
Hide the layer and open your Move Tool. Make sure “Auto-Select” is checked. This allows us to move individual characters simply by clicking on them. Go to “View” and make sure “Snap”
is not checked. If it is, simply click on it. Click on each character and move it slightly. Make a composite snapshot of your image
by scrolling to the top of your Layers panel and making the top character layer active.
Use the same keystrokes as you did earlier to make the composite
snapshot and name it, “2”.
This will be your second frame of animation. Hide the layer
and slightly move each character again. Make the top character layer active, make a composite snapshot
and name it, “3”.
This will be your third frame of animation. Continue to make as many frames as you
like. For this example, I’ll make 5 frames. Make all the frame layers visible. Go to “File” and “Save As”. Save it to your Desktop and click on “New folder”. Name it “Animation” Click on the Animation folder
and name the file, “1” as a JPEG. Then, click “Save”.
When you see this window, make sure the Quality is “Maximum”
and the slider is all the way to the right. Then, click OK. Hide Layer “1” and go back to “File” and “Save As”. Click “Desktop” and the Animation folder. Name it, “2”. as a JPEG. Click “Save” and “OK”.
Repeat these steps for all of your frame layers. Go to “File”, “Scripts” and “Load Files into Stack”. Click on this arrow and choose, “Folder”. Click “Browse” and the Animation folder. Then, click OK on both windows. Photoshop automatically is loading all
the layers into a stack. The next step differs
depending on what version of Photoshop you have. For Photoshop CS5, go to “Window” and “Animation”. For CS6 and Creative Cloud, go to “Window” and “Timeline”. At the bottom, in the middle of the panel, you’ll see a
button with the drop-down allowing you to choose either “Create
Video Timeline” or “Create Frame Animation”. Choose “Create Frame Animation”.
In the animation timeline panel menu, click “Make Frames from Layers”. Now, we’ll change the direction each frame. Click “Select All Frames”. Notice all the frames are now highlighted.
Click the down arrow just underneath one of the frame images.
You can set a time duration for your frames. Since all frames are selected, all frames
will be set to the same time. Each frame can be changed individually
if you want For this example, I’ll choose “0.1” seconds. Notice all the frames
have durations of “0.1” seconds. Presently, the animation is set to play once, so I’ll click on the arrow next to it and choose “Forever”. To play the animation, press the “Play” button. To save it, click “File” and “Save for Web”. Make sure the file format is set to “GIF”. Then, click “Save”.
Choose a location to save it to. I’ll save mine to my desktop.
I’ll name it, “Animation clip”. Then, click “Save”. To open the file, just click on it.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching! part

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