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Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop and After Effects

with Chris Converse

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About The Class

Create sophisticated animations

Now that cinemagraphs are back in the mainstream, the challenge is to create more interesting, and intricate movements while maintaining the allure of a living photograph. In this session we’ll take a look at advanced masking techniques, multi-instance and time-remapped instances of source video, creating inter-changeable elements for customization, as well as seamlessly looping simulated textures and particles.

What you’ll learn:

  • Work with video from your phone or camera
  • Multi-instances of source video
  • Learn masking techniques in After Effects and Photoshop
  • Customizable campaigns with linked elements
  • Seamlessly looping textures and particles
  • File formats and technologies used for cinemagraph delivery


Software Used: Adobe After Effects CC 2017 (14.2)


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    10:11
  2. 02

    Workflow in Photoshop

    25:23
  3. 03

    Using Keyframes and Special Effects in Photoshop

    16:06
  4. 04

    Workflow in After Effects

    22:52
  5. 05

    Animating a Photograph with After Effects

    19:09
  6. 06

    Particle Systems in After Effects

    18:00
  7. 07

    Shooting and Processing a Cinemagraph

    16:59

Meet Your Expert

Chris Converse

Chris has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, interactive and animated media, with a unique focus on both graphic design and web development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and AngularJS, making his design execution ... read more

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  • Jeff S

    September 2017

    Fascinating course for anyone who wants to know how to make a cinemagraph. I thought Chris went a little fast for me but I could replay those parts over and over until I got it. This is not a general knowledge course but more of a niche course for obtaining specific know-how on making a cinemagraph. Overall very good!

  • Kelly Cas

    August 2017

    He explains so well! Some of it goes a bit fast but I definitely learned a lot. The After Effects part is what I really wanted to know but the PS part was good too. He's easy going and knows how to explain

  • Jay Valencia

    Jay Valencia

    March 2018

    Super succinct and effective class. Music on the break. The latest break music (past month or so) is killing me when listening in my earbuds.

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