Thursday, September 10, 2009

Photoshop Animation Links and Info

Animation created with Adobe Photoshop (many more examples available on youtube!)

For Monday, September 14th, as assigned yesterday in class, you are to create an animation using Adobe Photoshop. Since CS2 was introduced Photoshop now includes some rather simple yet effective animation tools similar to those available in more sophisticated animation programs such as Flash.

Here are two videos that should help get you started.

From this link, go to the window on the left, scroll down and select "Photoshop CS3".

Then select in the window to the right "Animation".

Click on the video title "Using the Animation Palette"

Pay particular attention to the brief tutorial using frames for animation, don't worry about the timeline animation for now!

Ok, so these guys are a couple of dorky TV hosts, but they have some great information for you! He goes pretty fast, don't stress on the keyboard shortcuts and quick moves on duplicating layers, in the end, he has several layers he is working with which you know how to do!

Most important is to figure out the basics of animation using photoshop for the next project. You will want to know how to place your layers in the frames, tweening, durations, movement, etc. Essentially the animation tool allows you to use your layers in an image to animate between them - it is really that simple - the complexity is in figuring out the various tools and using them effectively. Watch these tutorials as many times as it takes to figure out how to animate something, anything that you can show us on Monday! We will go over these techniques in class on Monday - in the meantime, learn by doing and make an image that changes over time! Have fun!

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