Learn Common Animation Techniques in Photoshop


The Magic of Cinemagraphs


Lesson Info

Learn Common Animation Techniques in Photoshop

So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and load these into photo shop all right so I've got basically I'm gonna right click here on my movie and weaken we can choose different movies there we go and it's doesn't look like photoshopped wants to open this natively which is not a big deal all right let's go back into our cool our course folder for today the magic of cinema graphs and we're going to move into here we go I'm just going to select out a couple of these videos that I think will wind up working well we're gonna copy them directly in we're gonna be using photo shop c c two thousand fifteen and this supports video natively so you'll be able to load video directly into photo shop all right let's go ahead and open photo shop will be good to go okay so here in photo shop there are a couple things you want to make sure you have turned on and the first thing is going to be let's go ahead and close that off all right the first thing is going to be your window and then we're goi...

ng to go down here too timeline let's go ahead and open our first video here so we're gonna go to the magic cinema graphs we're going to start off with the flower video so we're just gonna hit open and it will load directly in the photo shop which is perfect, and you can use this for editing just the same puts it after full screen you khun scrubbed through inner animation slider, and now you could see if I want to close this down and you know, we're going to be doing some some color work in just a little bit. But if it's a little too dark to light, you can adjust these values the exact same way you would be doing in photo shop with a still thought off just using a regular doubles adjustment layer. So if you do have video, maybe you're not even creating a cinema graph. If you've got video that you need a little bit adjustment, you don't know other programs, but you're pretty comfortable and photoshopped. You can use photo shops, filters and photo shops adjustments to actually edit your video, which is very, very nice. Okay, so what we're doing here, we just wanted basically scrubbed through to get a good sense of where our motion stops and where we can see a bit of movement, so I'm going to take my timeline let's see if we can expand this time line up just a little bit more so we can see what we're doing ok, so we're going to take our time line and basically this layer one here we're just going to clip from the beginning all the way to this point because this is it's still here and then shortly afterwards we have our motion here we go so I'm going to choose a point in which I'd like to actually be still all right that makes sense so far so we're starting to create the beginning point of our cinema graph okay, now here we're just going to take this and basically trim our video to that point so it trimmed it it's now going to start the beginning of our video is right here, so if I hit play this is what we have now this is too long generally you want your cinema graft to be somewhere around like two to three seconds and this is fifteen f which means absolutely nothing weighs one f is that one second? Does anyone to know? Does anyone in the chat rooms no let's just hit play and then we're going to time it one u s a one f this one second all right just in case anyone was wondering um so basically what I want to do it basically what I want to do is I want toe figure out how far I can go with this movement and then have it stop back to my original point there we go and there were going to bring this animation to a stop so let's bring right to a close now when I'm choosing to play this again what I want to do I can play my image here but remember a cinema graph has toe loop we want this video finished going over and over and over again so I want to get a little preview of what we're going actually to see before I rendered out and see what the final looks like so we're going to go to our settings here and we're going to click on loop playback there we go so we should yet now get a really good idea of what's actually gonna be moving in our footage there you can see and there's a little bit of a shift can everyone see that little bit of a shift that happens from the left of the right all right so we're going to try to move our footage back in just a little bit more see if we can get rid of that shift all right way it looks like we still have our shift but it's okay we're going to do the best we can to keep our subject in the same place now if you did have this set up a little bit because our subject is moving just a little bit because that's what happens when you stand you could breaks your subject it if you wanted to really keep your photo shop work a little bit more simple but in this case we're totally we're good, so what I'm going to do from here on out is actually pretty simple is everyone I'm comfortable with the ideas of layers and layers masking later masking you can basically make part of the layer visible part of that layer invisible, so what I'm going to do is basically make a copy of what I see I'm gonna make a copy of my video layer choose it is a regular layer and that I'm gonna put a layer mask on it, which is going to let some of the underlying video show through and some of the video not show through, so that video that will show through will be the moving part and the video that will not jump through will be the still part. Okay, so to do this, we're going to we're going to create a new layer when his shift option command e that's going to make a stamp visible layer. So now if I play this there's no movement at all because I've got a regular still image above my video later, so here's my video group and I've got a regular still image above that. So if I make that invisible now, we can see the video movement but back visible again, we don't have any movement at all, okay, so now my goal is to create a layer mask on top of this still image wherever I'd like movement, so we're going to click on our layer mask and then just the same as you would at a regular later mask in photo shop we're gonna basically paint black right over here on top of in this case we're going to do just the flowers to start this off if you need to see what your layer mess looks like just hit the slash key on your keyboard it's between your return and your delete key so the slash keys going allow you to see where your actual later best looks like because it's a copy all right, there we go now let's hit play and see what we've got it's a pretty cool so we can see just the actual flowers are moving all right? And if it's too much movement, it looks like her the flowers are moving a little bit outside of her hand we can go ahead and mask her hands in a swell so her hands will be in the final video too. All right and we want to bring our levels adjustment layer and our layer to back to this point ok, so my job from here is basically figuring out where my mask is going to go and I want to see if I can keep her hands relatively still and we'll see if we can keep some of the base of the flowers still as well because the real trick is is looping it and making sure that they actually start and kind of end the same place all right? And if it's too much movement way go we can change where it actually loops as well. All right, looks like we're going to be including the entire the entire hands in there all right, there we go so we can see that movement now if we'd like to include some of the movement of our subject as well some of her hair here we go which I would like to do we're gonna give it a shot because there is a little bit movement in our subject it's looks like it may not mask perfectly so we're just going to give it a shot to see what we've got here. All right, there we go and now we can see all right let's go ahead and play there all right and let's bring us in a little bit more absolutely we're done it all right let's go ahead and take that back out. We want just the bit of the hair if we can get all right and now it's up to us basically to figure out where exactly we want our start and stop point too because we do want this to loop as best we can possibly get it, so if weaken if we can possibly change that shift that's happening we definitely want to try for that. All right, here we go. And we will bring us back in a swell. All right, so, let's, go ahead and bring our layer mask here. I'm gonna go ahead and paint white right over here to keep that area is still a swell. All right, so my basic well, here is to try to keep as much of my subjects still as possible while still having her hair move. All right, a miracle. All right, let's, go ahead and move on to some color adjustments as well. So we've got our subject we've got basically just part of it, the image moving, which is exactly what we want to do for the cinema graph. Here we go. All right, her shorts moving a little bit as well. So I'm gonna move on to try to figure out mentally how to take care of that we're gonna come on. We're going to come right on back because she was kind of leaning back and forth just a little bit in the frames, which makes our job in creating a cinema. Graf a little bit more tough, so in the meantime, I'm going to just do some color work on our image, we're going to grab a levels adjustment yeah, you might face a couple questions about that process right there I don't mind it all perfect the refuted from people who kind of miss how you selected which frame of the video to be used as a still image. Okay, could you go over that process one more time? Yeah, yeah, I basically just chose the first frame of the video. So when we're at the first frame here, we just did a stamp visible layer on the video and that's going to basically just make a copy of everything you see. So if we wanted to, maybe we could make a copy of our last layer to see if we have any movement in there that that could actually wind up working out pretty well. So wherever you are in your your actual scrubbing here, that's the area that's going to get duplicated onto a new layer. So in this case, we have, you know, this is going to be the last frame. Now, if I need to use the same layer mask way chose for this frame, not a problem. I could just hold the altar or the option key and click and drag from one layer over to another one. Is there a bounce feature instead of looping like that in order to kind of, like not have as much of a problem with the beginning and ending frames matching up like have it go in reverse once it goes forward again? That's a really good question I think that I don't know that photo shop has that built in but you could definitely render out your video, pop it back into voter shop, reverse it and do it again that's a really good idea actually that's a really good idea maybe we'll wind up doing that for the yeah lonnie dupri's suggests exactly the same thing in the chat so that's a great idea um question from christie b and a few other people were wondering can you on ly edit video in cc or can you do it in six five bottom? I know video was edited six by six is well, yeah, yeah that's when big that's what I believe. So this is a great example of you know, you're getting your cinema graph and we're learning from one image to another. If we were to do this again for the next time, we would probably have maybe something our subject could lead on so there would be absolutely moved no movement there because that that seemed to be the tricky part with this image and you know the thing that was making it a little bit more difficult for the masking and things like that all right let's see about having some color here and maybe we'll learn something from the second as well from the second senator graham because this is this is not the only one we're doing here all right? So we're just having some blues into the shadows and some yellows into the highlights remember, this is the same color editing that aiken do with my normal photos in photo shop all right let's get one more adjustment layer going to make it curves we're going to bring this up just a bit and I'm gonna warm it up so where do you go to a red channel bring that up just a little bit and we go to my blue channel we're gonna pull this down there we go okay, now I'm gonna hit commander control eye on that layer mask and we're going to use our ingredient tool g for the grading tool and just go from the right to the left there there we go and now we're just gonna edit or color chest a little bit more so you can see I'm editing this justice if it were a photo beautiful so we have a really nice color tone on our cinema graph okay? And we can even crop this if we'd like to we don't have to stick with the original crop of the image and in this case I think I would like to crop it just a little bit so we've got a lot of blank space there on the left side of the photo I don't really need we're going to go ahead and crop this in I'm gonna keep the same aspect ratio we're going crop this in every go a little bit tighter on our subject and let's hit enter all right, there we go and let's see how this place all right? We've got a little bit of a shift there now if you do have a little bit of a shift just like we do here can you guys seeing the shirts moving just a little bit here I'm going to try to layer mask that shirt out so we're going to zoom in here we're going to try to lay them out as best we possibly can just to make sure we get rid of any type of any type of shifts that wind it be being visible in the final. All right, very nice. Now there's another way you can do this there we go what I'm going to do is I'm gonna make a new layer right above this, okay? And we're just going to basically I'm gonna paint a couple of frames and this is like totally getting down to, like, guerrilla style, right? This is like now I just want to make sure I can actually make this thing work so this is definitely like all right let's let's see what we can do here I'm gonna try grabbing a paintbrush and sampling these colors and we're just going to paint right over top of the area that we were having a little bit of trouble looping and the reason again that I'm doing this is to cover up that area that wasn't really looping how I wanted to, how I wanted it to look all right, nothing ever turns up perfect here always gonna wind up doing something like this um I do anyway, how does maybe you guys are perfect? No, just do it right every time I don't even need to all right, here we go all right let's see how we're looking so we hit play all right still looks a little bit weird let's just go in here for their brush tool paint right over top of their my goal here is to be ableto painted in so the loop doesn't look doesn't look off all right? I'm not sure how much like we're gonna have with that to be totally honest and see how it looks just like we left it. All right? That may be just something we have to live with right now because we're in a lot of class. I don't know that I don't know that we can fix that well, I like it because they like it really does show like the detail that you need to focus on because it's it's that like movement of the things that aren't supposed to move? We really have to watch out for when you're shooting, right? Exactly. Thank you. Yes, I like it for that reason is, well, it's a good learning it's a very good learning moment. We're learning together. Either way, I think it's a gorgeous image and we definitely got accomplished what we wanted accomplished. We've got a little bit of motion and it totally works with the flowers. I think if we were to try to do this again, we would definitely prop things tried to keep it in the exact same place just to make sure we didn't have any movement in the areas that we didn't want to. All right, well, let's, go ahead and export that's out. We'll go ahead and put it on the web so we can see what it looks like in a browser and then we've got another image to do as well. So I'm really sad about that. Now this image, we're going to just hit file, we're going to go to save for webb because we wanted change this from a j peg. We want to change this into a gift, george if however you want to see it, you can actually change your file size here, your image size all right, it's just loading a little bit, it has actually convert the animation and a gift is usually a very simple file format so usually it's going to break it down into like usable colors just like we see there all right, there we go now let's change our size here is well let's have her with me something like eight hundred pixels which is going to lower our file size we really want to keep a look at the lowest file size we can possibly get all right and then we have other options here for our actual diffusion and how the images processed so we have between perceptual selective, adaptive and restrictive I generally would stick to perception perceptual or selective and this is how it actually chooses the colors for what's going to be going on in my image what I'm looking for is this number right here I want this number to be as low as possible while still making a good image all right? And we can choose our looping options right over here once or we can go to forever you can also choose other so if you want that this toe loop like three or four times and then stop you can do that as well and it doesn't take any more file size to just keep on going forever so we're going to choose forever we could play it right here or I can preview it so if I had preview it's going to load this there we go you can see it, loads it in my internet browser, and there I can see it actually moving right in front of me, which is awesome. All right, let's, go back into photo shop, we're gonna go ahead and hit, save here. There we go, and we'll just say this as all right, cinema, graf won all right. Cinema graf won cool, so we have a little bit of issue with the actual, like the jump at the beginning and the end, if you choose a shorter amount of time, like if we chose, you know, only move this for like, two or three seconds, that wouldn't have been as much of initiatives, so let's, try let's, try that with our next cinema graph.

Class Description

Cinemagraphs bridge the gap between still photos and video. Learn how you can add subtle movement to your photos in The Magic of Cinemagraphs with Aaron Nace.

Aaron will teach you how to combine images together to create beautiful moving photographs. You’ll learn tips and tricks for shooting a cinemagraph, common animation techniques, and how to mask layers to isolate movement to one part of an image. You’ll also learn how to export and upload your cinemagraphs online.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2


Bob Bradley

This is a very interesting and fun class. The only change I would recommend is that the class examples be provided for download so that the student can try to duplicate what they saw in class.