Photoshop Animation Techniques. A Character Animation Tutorial
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Today I am excited to share with you a walk through for a powerful animation process that I think is commonly overlooked.
Adobe Photoshop is a tool that a great number of creative minds are familiar and comfortable with. While it isnt software package that has been built with animation specifically in mind there it has huge potential as an animation tool. The ability to control an aesthetic within the software gives a very hands on feel to the process and endless possibilities for your end result. I hope that this tutorial will help bridge the gap between designer and animator, beginner and professional.
Before you get started you’ll need a basic-intermediate understanding of Photoshop, as well as a copy of Photoshop CS Extended (Which you can download from the Adobe website here)
The layout of the tutorial-
Part 1 Getting Started-
All the key features that you’ll need to know in order to get animation out of Photoshop. These include an introduction to the animation timeline as well as the steps you can follow to export your animation.
Part 2 Clean-up, Colour and Creating Actions.
A step by step walk through for creating some the actions that will help you speed up your animation workflow – including creating colour layers, effective bucket filling and creating your next frame. It also touches on the use of adjustment layers.
Part 3 Extra Tips and Tricks-
A few extra tips and tricks to help you get started animating in Photoshop. These include using preexisting videos in your animation, better manipulating the timeline and how to export gifs from Photoshop.
If you have any questions comments or ideas on how to improve the process dont be a stranger. Please leave a comment.
To help you get inspired I’ve included a couple of pieces that were animated solely in Photoshop. The first is a film called The Cat Piano and was directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson. I was fortunate enough to work with the crew on the production and it was where I learned many of the skills I demonstrate above. The second two examples are music videos, one directed by Benjamin Drake (an Ozaniamte contributor) and Eddie White for Gotye, and the third video was directed by Ari Gibson and Jason Pamment for The Audreys.