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Stop motion animation in Photoshop

Stop motion animation in Photoshop.

Recently I have been experimenting with Photoshop animation, and found out about creating stop motion style animation in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will be exploring how to create this kind of animation.

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Stop motion animation

First we will create our elements in Illustrator, and then transfer them to photoshop to animate. We will be creating 2 images, one filled with flower buds and the other filled with fully bloomed flowers. Once you have the images ready, open them in Photoshop. You can do ‘place embedded’ for the 2nd image.

  • Make sure that the image with Buds is the bottom most layer.
  • Now click on the flower layer and select layer mask.
  • Click on mask, use the brush tool (adjust the brush size if you have to) and draw to slowly reveal the flower on the layer. Continue doing this until all the flowers are visible.
  • Now click on Window>Timeline>Create from frames
  • Click on the eye icon next to the bud layer and click back again, this makes the bud layer as the base for all the layers.
  • Select the timeline menu, select all frames > copy all frames> paste all frames > select the option to ‘paste after selection’
  • Click on the menu again and select reverse frames.
  • If you feel the animation is too fast, select all frames and then change the delay option in the drop down menu.
  • Once you are happy with the animation, click on file > export > render video to export it as a mp4 file.

Now your animation is ready to be shared with your friends or social media!

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