Creating an Animated GIF Part 1
We're going to start out with creating are animated jeff again, we're going toe kind of start with the stuff that's a little bit more digestible, really little, simpler, fewer steps and then we're going toe progress in difficulty throughout the afternoon, and as always, if you purchase the course, you're going to get all of the files, so let me to show you what that looks like, so for the animated jif we're going tio, you've got all of the source images and then you've also got the completed file and then a sample file that you can actually run in the web, but for the video's going to show you this folder, so you've got all of the content, all of the assets, if you will. All of the audio you've got the finished version of the movie is an mp for as well as the master photoshopped document where the layers in the timeline panel so that you can go in and see exactly how we've created some of these effects. So that's a really anything? Okay, so the first thing we're going to do is create a...
re animated jif I've already got one open for you, and just by the way let's, go ahead and settle this right now, shall we? It is jeff, it is not gift, even though it does stand for graphics interchange foreman I think if you look up the specs the programmers actually put in the parentheses and they spelled out exactly how to pronounce it so you know you can say, gee, if somebody else can say no it's gift and I know nobody really cares but you will know in your heart of hearts that you are right and that they're wrong, that is all okay? So let's just take a peek over here at my layers pain also we can see what's going on and again this tip right here that I'm about to give you we talked about it yesterday, but if he didn't tune in could be worth the price of the entire workshop just this one tip so with your layers panel open before we even get started on anything what's all together now trot up teo the layers paint will fly out you need the little several lines of the downward pointing triangle and let's choose panel options and in the resulting dialog box let's choose this largest thumbnail right here and that's going to allow you to actually see the thumbnails in your layers panel really great tip for you right there happily, once you change that, it'll stay changed till somebody else changes it so in our layers panel here with all the big thumbnails that we can actually see what I've got here is the layer group and that contains all of the images that I want to put into my animation here, and if I scroll down, I've got another layer group, and if we click it flippy triangle, we can see that I've got a couple of text layers, and then I've also got a shape player so that's, where the flight with the pink border is coming from so an animated gif is really just a flip book, so we're gonna take a siri's of images and we're going to tell photo shop, which of our layers want? We want to be visible in each frame of this flip book or page of this flip book, rather, and then we can tell photoshopped exactly how long we want each image to stay on the screen, you know point two seconds point, five seconds, one second, two seconds, three seconds and so on. We can also tell photoshopped toe loop the finished product usually animated jeffs loop three times that's a pretty much a web standards, but you can have it play infinitely if you want. We can also control what's called tween ng so that's where one frame or one page, if I flip book gently fades into another frame and photo shop will do all of the in between frames, which is where the name tweeting. Comes from so there's all kinds of things you can do. The thing to start with, though, is to create a photoshopped document with everything you want to go into the animation on its own separate layer. So that's, any text changes any image changes anything like that, you want to set it all up in the flower shop document before you get started, so if you're following along at home, I'm going to delete a lot of the layers that I've got in this document, but be sure not to save over these documents because I want you to have them tio to refer back to so I'm going to leave everything in here except for my text, and you don't have to use these layer groups, but they are kind of handy when your layers panel gets a little bit long in the teeth and because you can close them up so you don't have to be in what I like to call scrolling hill so let's, go ahead and delete all these images so we can start over from scratch ola and I'm actually going to go ahead and see a photo shop will let me delete all of these frames so that we truly are starting from scratch it may not let me do valen ok, so I'm going to pop open a new document just for a second because I want to show you how to get this time on panel open since it's not letting me delete it in order to recreate it but that's ok, we're just going to do this and do that this is what you'll see if you don't already have one frame in your document if you're starting with a new document from scratch, you're not going to you so down here at the very bottom you're going to see the timeline panel if that isn't open already on your machine you can choose a window time line used to be called animation in a few versions back, but you've been able to create an animated gif like this for as long as I can remember in photo shop so you want to make sure to open that time I'm panel or if you're on an older version it's called animation and then this is the same panel that we're going to be using for our movies so what you're going to do is instead of creating a video timeline, you're going to click the little down pointing triangle and see how you've got two options here one is video timeline and another one is a frame animation so you want to choose frame animation and then you're going to click that button right there and when you do then you're going to be at the point your sample document is but it's not letting me delete because ari told it, I wanted to make a frame and animation so it won't let me do that. So just one more time. So if you're starting with a new document, you're gonna find the time my panel, if it's not open already, you're going to choose a window timeline or in older versions, it's called animation, then you're going to come down here to this little flippy triangle inside that timeline panel, and you're going to set it to frame animation, and then you must click the frame animation button and that sets up your time on it creates one frame in starting with that one frame, we're going to duplicate it and just using the visibility eyeballs on our layers panel that's how we're gonna control each individual frame, it really is simple. You guys aren't gonna believe this, okay? So going close up that document, because that puts us at where we are in this document. So what I've done over here on the right, my layers panel is I have created a background, and I've done that with a shape layer, ok, so all I did was come over here to photo shop shaped tools, which are in the lower quadrant of the tools panel, and I use the right tangle tool. And in the options bar, I said it's drawing mode to shape because I wanted it to create a shape layer. When I draw with this tool, I'll just turn the visibility of that one off so we can see it from scratch. So this is all I did I just true a square onto my document, and if you are creating this to go on another website, then they will give you the dimensions of the ad, so that will be given to you in these types of situations. You can also do a google search for common animated jif sizes, and you'll find all kinds of resources on what size those things normally are, but they're normally pretty small. They can be vertical in nature, they can be kind of square like this one because usually they'll be at the top or the bottom of a website or in a sidebar kind of thing. So as soon as we draw our little square onto, um, the canvas think photoshopped creates a new layer for us over here on the right, we're going to close up this properties panel that popped open automatic leaks. We're not gonna do anything with it, but in the options bar, but we can do is our field color, so I've got this one set to be filled with white. And then I added a little bit of a stroke to it and how did I choose pink for the stroke wide already created a fake logo so I just sample the same pink that was in my in my fake logo so if you've got your own logo then you can bring that in and if you want to create a little background like this you can click either the phil or the stroke button appear in the options bar with the shape tool active and the shape layer act of those two things have toe be going on before you'll see these options in your options bar and then what you can do is just click this little rainbow looking swatch and the color picker opens so that lets you mouse over to your image and that's how you can snatch up the color from a logo or an existing saying if you want to do it that way so then from the stroke menu I just chose my little pink color and here's where you set the width of the stroke right there so I just made it six points so that's how I got that white background with the little pink line around it that's using the shape the rectangle tool one of photo shop shaped tools vector in nature and then I made sure that I put that particular tool in shape mode so that photoshopped would create another new layer for the shape and then I used the fill in the stroke options here to get the white background and the pink outline so that's how we did that so I go and turn that one off back on the next thing I did was I wanted to create the look of my very first frame of the animation because that's going to be the first thing people see so here's my fake logo pet steams photography and my tagline proudly demoralizing your pit since two thousand eight so that's one of the first frame of my animation is gonna look like so then I also duplicated this text layer in order to create my call to action and you do want to include a call to action these types of things so it's my call to action click here to say fifty percent on your first sitting so when this ad goes up on whatever website then I don't even really have to put the girl in there because folks will click it and they're going to go to pet steams dot com so with limited space can I have to be clever like that? He could put the r ailment the oil in there if you just want to but since it's a web ad people are going to click so they're going to go to your website anyway so they're going to know what it is one hopes okay now I'm going to turn off the visibility of my call to action because that's going to come at the end of my animation so right now this is what my first frame is gonna look like great what we're going to do now is duplicate this frame and then we're going to start bringing in some of our imagery and we're just going to use the layer visibility eyes to control what's on each individual frame so to duplicate a frame and come down here to the timeline panel and click the little piece of paper looking I calling down there near the trash can so we've only got one frame and our animation so far so there's no need for us to click it before we duplicated case will now there's our second frame and let's go ahead and make the same change in our timeline panel to make those thumbnails larger so we can all see them a little bit better. So the timeline panel has a little fly out man you just like the layers panel and the channels panel for that matter, so we're going to give it a click and choose panel options and again, we're going to choose that large thumbnail and you'll be able to see everything just a little bit better okay, so now it's time for us to start bringing in the imagery that we want to be on our second frame so we can do that in several different ways I'm gonna go ahead and click on my layer group at the very top layers panel simply because I'm going to use the file place command to bring in my imagery and by having that layer group active or the top most thing active in my layers pale that this means the new thing is going to end up at the top of my layers pale which keeps me from having to click and drag it through the top after it comes in so it's coming to the file menu in shoes place and then you want to navigate to where the imagery lives give a computer a second to think about opening the folder there we go and what you could do is even before you start bringing these images and these air all stock images from I stopped photo, by the way is you could number them in the name like if you knew the order in which you wanted them teo appear in your animated jiff then you might add that to the name like abc or one two three what have you that might save you a little bit of time but the order in this particular situation doesn't matter that much so let's go ahead and click place and we need to do a little bit of re sizing happily when you use the file place command photo shop surrounds your image with the free transformed bounding box automatically exit figures you might wantto do a little bit of re sizing, so while that bounding boxes active and all this zoom in a little bit seeking, you can see it see the little handles all the way around so what we're going to use we're going toe resize that image to fit the size of our animation there are document rather and I'm going to give you a keyboard shortcut for re sizing from the center outward proportionately and that is to shift option dragon in corner handle on a mac or shift ault a corner handle on a pc so when we do that amazing back out a little bit, see how we're sizing from the inside out and then when you get it, just the right size press return great actually it's going to work out better if I just go ahead and bring in all of the images and then we'll start working with turning the visibility eyes often on okay, so we'll bring in our next image she's file place these images are just a scream and does this to their dogs okay, we'll bring in a fun one see if you can figure out who this is not to liberate anybody, so we'll just do a couple of these things I have such fun picking out stock imagery to work with because sometimes I get bored, you know? So I'm always trying to find stuff. It cracks me up in the hopes that it actually cracked you up, and we'll bring in a little surfer. Dude, this is one patient chihuahua. Well, let me tell you, ok, so now we've got all of the images that we're going to use in our animation, and if you want to stuff him into a later group a really easy way to do that allow a group is just a folder in your layers pale that's it that you can collapse or expand. So let's, we've got the first layer active and here in our layers panel that shift, click activate everything in between and you can simply press command jeonnam act for group or control jeon a p c c had popped him in little group, and we can say, uh, images or something that's meaningful to you. Here we go. So now that we've got everything in our document now, let's, start turning things often on turning visibilities often on in order to create our animation. I'm gonna go ahead and click back on the first frame, and I'm going to turn off all the images, so now we're kind of back to where we started because those layer visibility eyeballs is what's controlling what's visible in each frame. So now we've got the first one all said I don't want to make sure that my call to action text is turned off it's very good and now we're going to click the second frame and now we're going to turn off the visibility eyeballs of what we don't want shown so for this one we don't want any of the text I do want the background outline or actually I don't we'll turn that off to turn off that layer group and we'll turn on our first doggy picture okay, so now if we take a peek and our timeline panel we can see our first frame if we give it a click and we can see what our second frame is if we give it a click now listen duplicate our second frame by clicking wants to activate it and then clicking that little piece of paper icon at the bottom of the timeline panel so it's a straight duplicates and now we need to come over to our layers panel turn off the visibility I of the previous frame turn on visibility I of the next image that you want to show repeat click to duplicate that frame mouse over two year layers panel turn that visibility I off turn on the visibility I of the next and there's the england in your animation see how easy this is I mean it really is just duplicate frame turning things often on it can get a little bit harry if you forget that you've got a visibility I going on somewhere down in here so you really do if you have a long layers panel to scroll through and make really doubly sure that on lee the visibility I have what you want to appear in that frame is actually turned on so now let's go ahead and duplicate this frame again authority active so I'm gonna click that little icon at the bottom scroll around in my layers panel turned him off turn the next one on repeat then there's our animation so let's click the play button down at the bottom of the timeline panel and see what we've got here so it's just zooming through and leaping we've we're setting our looping using this little control at the very bottom of the timeline panel so right now got it set to three times so if you give that menu a click you can see that you have several different options you can look at one time three times like I said is pretty much the web standard right now you can loop it forever or if you click the other item then you can tell it exactly how many times that you want to leave it so it really is pretty straightforward the little triangles underneath each reign in the timeline panelists she said and determine how long that image stays on screen do you resist the urge to have them stay on screen for a long time because you want to think about it, what the experience is for the user, you don't want him going so fast that it, you know, make somebody have a seizure. That would be really awful, but you also want if you have a frame with text on it, you wanted to hang around long enough for people to be able to read it. So by default, photo shot wants to set the frame delay. It's, what is technical term is at point two seconds, which is pretty zippy. So as you can see there's, no way in heck that we're going to read that text, you know, it's just going by too fast. But we're going to set up the timing once we get everything completed in our animation.