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An animated .gif file made with Photoshop

 
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Aug 09, 2008 18:55 |  #1

Foreword:
On the G-series Speed Challenge #182 - Cityscapes I used an animated gif to show the thumbnails of the participating images.
Boutty asked for ‘How to’ instructions, so here I go…

Disclaimer:
I can do some things with Photoshop, but the procedures I use may be neither the easiest nor the most efficient, so feel free to use your own method If you know a better one.
For the tutorial, I will describe how I did the animated gif below showing three hypothetical winners:

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2567/4024670627_e8bc1718c4_o.gif

There are two main steps for the Animated Thumbs image:
Preparing the layers and creating the animated .gif

Note: If you use Image Ready CS2 or Photoshop CS3 you can also save the animation as a Macromedia Flash file (swf), but the resulting animation is larger than the 100KB limit of the forum.

A: Preparing the .psd layers


  1. In Photoshop (I use CS2), open a new image of the desired size (mine is 204 px wide x 224 pixels H). I named it AnimatedThumbs.
  2. If necessary, convert the background into a layer and paint it white.
  3. If you wish a frame for your image, create it in a new layer:
    Select All (Ctrl+A) and then Edit>Stroke (Width: 1px; color: black or #000000; Location: center; Blending Mode: Normal; Opacity: 100%)
  4. If you wish the upper and bottom dashes for the names, create them on new layers:
    Select the Single Row Marquee Tool and repeat the Edit>Stroke as in step 3
  5. For the titles, select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and write the text.
    My text settings were: Arial; Bold; 14 px; center text; text color black.
  6. Select the Move Tool (V) and with the text layer selected, move it to the desired position.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for additional text layers.
  8. Open the photo files or drag them from windows explorer into Photoshop.
  9. On every image do the follow:
    • File>Automate>Fit image (width 200px height 200px)
    • Filter>Sharpen>Smart Sharpen (Amount: 40%; Radius: 0,3; Remove: Lens Blur)
    • Select All (Ctrl A), Edit>Copy (Ctrl C), Close the image without saving it.
    • Select the AnimatedThumbs image and perform Edit>Paste (Ctrl V)

    Repeat the process for the remaining photo files.
  10. I included in the top three layers the medals for the first, second and third places.
  11. SAVE THE .psd FILE
    The layers for the saved image will look like this:
    http://sites.google.co​m …mtutorial/layer​s_pane.gif (external link)


B: The Animation frames


  1. Do Window>Animation.
    A new window with the fist animation frame will appear.
    http://sites.google.co​m …animtutorial/fr​ames_1.gif (external link)
    On the layers pane I selected visibility ON (the eye icon) for the layers: white, frame, dash bottom, dash top, 'Quito cityscape' (text), 'Quito cityscape' (image) and medal first.
  2. Click the 'Duplicate frame' icon http://sites.google.co​m …torial/duplicat​e_icon.gif (external link) on the animation window
  3. For frame two, turn OFF the visibility icons for 'Quito cityscape' (text), 'Quito cityscape' (image) and medal first.
    Turn ON the visibility icon for 'Pichincha Volcano' (text), 'Pichincha Volcano' (image) and medal second.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for frame three selecting layers 'Chinese Embassy in Quito' (text), 'Chinese Embassy in Quito' (image) and medal third.
    By the way the pictures of Quito were shot on August 7, the day before of the Olimpic Games Opening in Beijing. : ) : )
  5. With frame 3 still selected, shift+Click frame 1 to select all the frames simultaneously.
    http://sites.google.co​m …tutorial/frames​-1-2-3.gif (external link)
  6. On frame 1, click the small arrow on the bottom right and select 2.0 sec for 'duration'
    http://sites.google.co​m …mtutorial/two_s​econds.gif (external link)
  7. Click the Play icon http://sites.google.co​m …nea/animtutoria​l/play.gif (external link) on the animation window to preview your animation.
    Be sure that the looping option is set to 'Forever' in the bottom left of the Animation window.
  8. If everything looks fine, use File>Save for Web...
  9. On Preset: select ‘GIF 128 Dithered’ from the drop-down.
  10. Fill the other boxes as in the image below:
    http://sites.google.co​m …imtutorial/gif_​dialog.gif (external link)
  11. Click the save button on the Save for Web window and click save again in the ‘Save Optimized as’ dialog box.


That is all. The whole process is easy and is not as long as it seems when described here.

I hope this step by step description will be of some help.

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Aug 09, 2008 19:25 |  #2

Great tutorial thanks, I didn't know Photoshop could even do that!


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Aug 09, 2008 20:06 |  #3

More:
Creative Tip: Build Animated GIFs in Photoshop. (external link)

Image Ready animation


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Aug 10, 2008 03:58 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #4

Thanks sir rafael for spending your valuable time, instead of going out there and taking pictures, writing and screen shot this tutorial. Much appreciated. ;)

Now all I need is to re-fill the gas bottle of my garage office's desktop heater to be able to practice this task. :p




  
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Aug 10, 2008 04:02 |  #5

PhotosGuy wrote in post #6078304 (external link)
More:
Image Ready animation

Thanks PhotosGuy sir but we are big boys now - I think CS3 combine PS & Image Ready. Good reference for folks with CS2 with Image Ready installed.




  
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Aug 10, 2008 21:44 |  #6

Thanks PhotosGuy sir but we are big boys now - I think CS3 combine PS & Image Ready.

The title doesn't just address CS3 & others without it will visit this thread, so my link gives help to them. Why would a "Big Boy" object to that?


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Aug 11, 2008 06:20 |  #7

PhotosGuy wrote in post #6083494 (external link)
The title doesn't just address CS3 & others without it will visit this thread, so my link gives help to them. Why would a "Big Boy" object to that?

Oops! I was wrong. Didn't even read the first pointer of sir rafael correctly "In Photoshop (I use CS2)..." I thought the tutorial was written for PS-CS3 only. Please accept my sincere apologies. :o




  
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Aug 11, 2008 23:22 |  #8

tim wrote in post #6078150 (external link)
Great tutorial thanks, I didn't know Photoshop could even do that!

Thanks, tim
Honestly, I didn’t know that either :o . I was checking CS3 Help to be sure its workflow is similar when I saw the menu Window>Animation and guess what? Returning to CS2 I found the same menu there!.

The instructions for an Image Ready animation by PacAce (same link of PhotosGuy) were posted on March 2006 describing the workflow for Photoshop CS and Image Ready and are basically the same.

I never used PS7, but I can say that CS+ImageReady, CS2 alone, CS2+ImageReady and CS3 can be used with almost the same workflow for this simple animation.

I’m almost sure that Boutty will confirm that CS3 accepts the same workflow.


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