For those unfamiliar with what process animations are or what they look like, here are a few examples:
This is a detailed tutorial on how to make one of these exclusively within Photoshop. So let's get to it!
Collecting the images
The first step is gathering all the images, one for each step you want to show. How you collect the images is completely up to you.
In my case, since I most often save several PSDs of my artworks, that sort of creates a history of my artwork, and those are what I use as process steps.
You could also merge all layers into a new one every time you decide the current state of the artwork is good to show, and save those within the same PSD.
Another option is using the "Create new document from current state" button in the History window, and saving those as separate files for later use in the animation. However, avoid using the "Create new snapshot" button, as snapshots are not saved in the PSD and will be lost if you close Photoshop.
Naming the images
Naming your images before loading them in Photoshop is important, as that will tell Photoshop in what order the layers must be placed.
To save time and any potential surprises, you can just name the files as 0, 01, 02, 03 etc from older to newer, or add a name after that. Either way it's good practice to start from 0 and also to have a 0 in front of the single digits, as otherwise if you have more than ten layers Photoshop will likely mess up the order.
Loading the images
Instead of loading each image separately and having to manually place them in one file, we're going to batch load all the pictures at once into a single PSD file.
To do that, go to File/Scripts/Load Files into Stack... and in the window that opened click on the Browse... button.
Browse to your saved step images and select all of them, then click Ok. Photoshop will now display all your files in a list in the Loading window with the order it is going to give them. Make sure that "Create Smart Object after Loading Layers" is not checked.
Click Ok and Photoshop will load all the images in a single document in the same order. Should look something like this:
Because we are going to make a GIF file with this we don't want a huge file, before we continue I recommend resizing your document (Image/Image Size or Ctrl+Alt+i) to something no larger than 1200px on either side, preferably less.
The fun part
On the top right corner, change the workspace from Essentials (or whichever you are using) to Motion. Your should now have a different set of windows at your right side, and a new flat window at the bottom named Timeline. If for any reason you don't see the new Timeline window, you can open it from the Window menu, or directly reset the Motion workspace by clicking on Window/Workspace/Reset Motion.
In middle of the new Timeline window click on Create Frame Animation. If you can't see this option, click on the little down arrow next to the button and switch from Create Video Timeline to the correct option, then click on the button to create the animation.
Photoshop will now create a one frame animation of the image as you have it; all your layers are visible, with the oldest one on top. Your timeline will look something like this:
Under the thumbnail of your artwork's first step, click on 0 sec. and in the contextual menu change it to 1.0.
At the bottom left of the Timeline window, click on Once and change it to Forever.
A bit to the right of that button, click on the New icon to duplicate the selected frame. That will create and automatically select a new frame with the image as you have it, which you can control independently from the first frame.
Go ahead and hide your top layer, so that your second step is visible.
Rinse and repeat. Remember to first create a new layer to duplicate the previous, then hide the topmost layer. Go on until only the bottom layer stands, and your animation is pretty much done.
Play the animation using the Play button and check what your animation looks like. Take into account that Photoshop tends to get slow while playing these, so the speed of your final animation will be slightly faster than it is when you play inside Photoshop. You can preview that in the export step.
You can adjust the speed of the animation by playing with the numbers under the thumbnails. If you click on Other you can enter custom time values for the frames.
Note that (at least on my language setting) you must use a comma symbol and not a full stop for decimals.
To select all frames, Shift+click on the first frame then Shift+click on the last frame, or alternatively, click on the top right corner of the Timeline window and find Select All Frames.
To change the speed of only one frame (for instance, to make the last step longer), simply click on that frame to select it and change the time value.
Once you're happy with what your animation looks like, go to File/Export/Save for Web (Legacy)... or press Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S to open the Export window.
Make sure your view is set to Optimized to see an accurate preview of your soon-to-be GIF.
At the right side of this window are the export options.
Change the image format to GIF if it's not already set. This may take a bit, especially if you have a ton of layers or your image is large.
As for the settings, these are ok for me but feel free to play with them a bit if you wish. Take into account that every time you change a setting Photoshop has to recalculate the whole thing again so if you didn't downsize your image this process can get quite tedious. You can still now resize the image and change the looping settings down in the Animation section, as well as preview the animation at a sort of accurate speed.
When you're happy with your settings, click on Save... and you're done.
This is what my animation looked like:
I know the tutorial is rather long, but the whole process is actually pretty quick once you've done it a couple of times.
Hope this was helpful to some of you, cheers!
So I finally spent pretty much the whole day here and went through over 100 stacks of art. Yep, that much... xD
The good news is not only I've seen all your art, but also now I get to make a feature with it.
On a different note, I wanted to speak up a bit on a topic I don't seem to be the only one worrying about.
What is going on in DA? I'm not talking specifically about our (manips) community... honestly I think we are tight here and we manage to run it well enough. We have some pillar members that put a lot of effort into keeping the community alive and they are doing a great job at doing so. To you goes all my love and appreciation.
Now, as time passes, the more obvious it seems that our little community is not representative of what is really going on in DeviantArt. I've decided to write this journal because I've seen several journals lately about this: how the favs numbers are going down, how there seems to be less exposure all over, how the website is in a state of decay. After reading one of these journals (or maybe it was a status update) I went and asked Google about DeviantArt... and... wow. Huh, so in any site where there are any sort of website reviews, DA's rating is down, more like six feet under. About 60% of people were complaining about bullying, which I haven't experienced personally, and have only heard very few stories in the years I've been here, so I can't really talk about it. The other 40% were complaining about the porn... and so I went and did some searching in the DA main page, where I hadn't been to in maybe a couple years... and... just... again... wow. I mean, I knew there is a lot of disturbing stuff around here but the level of crap I saw made me cringe. And that is coming from someone who doesn't have a problem with porn at all, I just don't want it here. This is an ART site dammit. -.- Kids are here, I read stories about predators messaging 13 year olds, people sending unasked for photos and whatnot. It was very disappointing...
So... I'm not surprised numbers are constantly going down here, but instead of just making a journal to whine about it, I want to take a positive turn now...
As I said, photomanipulators (I mean, real ones, not inflation pricks) are a close knit community here, and we stay together. So much that I got to forget what the website really is like.
And we rock it to be sure. Contests are happening all the time, tutorials are being made, features, groups and whatnot. But to be realistic about it, this is mostly what we do for ourselves, starts in the PM community, ends in the PM community. As artists, having the support of other artists is amazing and necessary, we treasure it. However we want to get further than that, we are making art for a wider audience, one which used to be here...
I've reported and got no results, and I heard the same story from other people... Seems like the DA staff (not talking about volunteers here) don't really mind what's going on.
So my question would be, is there something we can do to expand our (I believe) positive attitude to the site as a whole? If there is, what do you think we can do? How do we contribute to make this website better and hopefully bring some people back, or new (healthy) users and art lovers?
Any idea is good, so let me know your thoughts in the comments.
TL;DR : DA's downhill, what can we do to make it better outside of the PM community? Let me know.
And my latest work....
Also, my video on Creative Station (yay! )
Thanks to jose86tf for pushing me to submit it.
Also, I guess it's more comfy in a journal since you can watch it from here.
Hope you guys like it!
So... I've uploaded a showreel of my art to YouTube, but this is not just a showreel, it's an animated showreel! Picking up from matte painting techniques, I've put my art through After Effects to make some of my artworks move. Let me know what you guys think!
Here's the vid for y'all:
I've only got a few of you tracked down there, so far:
If you're not in this list and want to connect, just post your ArtStation URL down here in the comments.
So, I'm currently recovering from surgery, and haven't been on here for around 2 weeks now. I was debating whether I should say before or after the fact, but really didn't want people to be worried or anything so I just went head and got cut sneakily. Either way I've got nothing to worry about besides the pain. It was a simple surgery and it went well, it's just got a long recovery period and it hurts like hell. xD But I am and will be fine.
Will start to pop in from now on, I can't sit and type for a long time but one step at a time...
For now, a mini feature for the two kind souls that DD'd my artwork.
Shiori Gaiden: Chapter 1
Summary: The story of Amegakure's Hanzo, his wife (my OC, Shiori), their rise to power and ultimate downfall.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Tragedy
Pairing: Hanzo x OC
50 years earlier . . .
Suddenly, a deafening explosion rocked the ground. Startled, Shiori and her companions closed their eyes and raised their arms to shield themselves from the blast.
When it rains, it pours, thought Shiori despite the sunny weather. If she had control over the skies, she would have summoned a monsoon. It was the only thing missing from this scene. As the dust settled, Shiori and her two escorts stood motionless and tense. Dense forests closed in on every side. Miles away from the nearest village, they were beyond rescue from the four masked men that blocked their path. And worst of all, their leader was none other than her former suitor. Apparently he was taking
Totally off-topic, but also wanted to share a little trick that made me very happy. xD
It's mostly for core users, especially those annoyed by being forced to post thumbs when an image's ratio is far too vertical cause the buttons won't fit. I hated this for a while, cause I like to... paste links and a list with all links and one damn vertical thumb is just ugly.
So... assuming you paste using Ctrl-P ... pressing Ctrl+Shift+P will always, always paste as a link, which sorts the issue of buttons not appearing in vertical thumbs...yay...
Aaaanyway, happy new year to all of you.
So.. finally managed to go through most of my photomanipulation stacks, still a few to go but most done so here's a little feature for all. Since there was a lot I wanted to feature and I feel like very large features kinda get the viewer's attention lost, I divided it between vertical and horizontal/square artworks. The latter first, the rest you can expect to see in a few days. Get ready for some photomanipulation excellence!
I still do have about 60 comments to answer and over 100 journals to check... I'll get there some day. xD
I worked on all logos, fancy lettering, around 15 different posters, promotional actor photos and movie stills, and just anything that needed Photoshop.
Here's the teaser for you guys:
And some of my favorite images:
Now that you're at it though, may as well join the group!
Anyway here it goes:
Out of Your Comfort ZoneIf you've been wondering why there's not going to be any new monthly challenges for the next two months, it's because we've been cooking up something big and new for you - a full-blown, dazzling and challenging contest with awesome prizes!
The theme is: Out of Your Comfort Zone!
Have you been stuck within the same, comfortable borders lately? Feeling uninspired, lacking in creativity, or maybe you have simply been thinking about trying something new and fresh, making a change in the style you usually use while working on your art, trying out a new and excitingly unknown subject?
Are all your works with models? Maybe it's time to try composing a landscape? If you've only done equine photomanips before, maybe you'd like to try a human model, or vice versa? If you're used to dark mood, maybe try creating something sugary sweet? The possibilities are endless, and we can't wait to see what you'll come up with - remember that you'll be judged on whether your entry varies from the rest of your gallery!
And when it comes to judging, here's who will be taking care of this part of out contest:
Traditionally, there will be three winners. The prizes will be given out if at least 10 entries are assembled.
- 12 months Core membership from communityrelations
- 6 months Core membership from communityrelations
- 3 months Core membership from communityrelations
- features from: CRPhotomanipulation, Lora-Vysotskaya, Gejda, lauraypablo
We're very much open to anyone who'd like to throw something in to sweeten the pot even more and offer a prize of their own - let us know in the comments below or send a note to Gejda!
The contest is open from November 3rd, 2017 to January 3rd, 2018. That means you have two full months to create something awesome!
The entry you submit has to be different from your usual works - be creative!
All the entries need to be new and created specifically for this contest.
Remember to include a short "Entry for the Out of Your Comfort Zone contest at CRPhotomanipulation" or something similar in your description, so that we know you didn't submit to the contest folder by mistake.
All the stocks and resources you use have to be credited and come from legitimate sources. If you're using your own images, please state so in the description. If you don't know what we mean by legitimate stock, read this: Stock in a nutshell.
All entries have to be submitted to the Contest - Out of Your Comfort Zone folder in our gallery.
We accept only photomanipulations and mixed-media works.
You can submit one entry.
I guess many of you noticed I haven't been very active lately, neither posting art or commenting etc. These days it's just been so so busy with art related work, which makes me super happy, but at the same time it doesn't allow much time for me to come around DA and spend time around you guys. :c
The amount of new deviations, comments and journals that arrives in my inbox daily just seems way too much for the time I can put into checking it out. I hope I didn't offend anyone with my fav-and-running or when it takes me a long time to reply or notice new artworks. I do want to and will check everything out when time allows!
The safest way to get in touch these days is Notes so feel free to poke me there any time.
Anyway, since I feel like I've neglected all of you, I wanted to pay my respects by doing this feature now, and hope it serves as a kind of apology.
''It feels a bit overloaded in this artwork but the vivid colors and details are so gorgeous that I couldn't let it pass.''
''Out of the many underwater scenes submitted in the beginners' category I found this one to be the most striking. The image has so many details it appears almost abstract the way it was blended. That, and the vibrant colors, make it somewhat refreshing to look at and capture the essence of Méliès art very well in my opinion.''
''I love the vivid colors of this art and the quantity details, it makes me think of an antique painting.''
''This artwork has a very neat composition and smart usage of the light and shaded areas. The artist managed to make it colorful while keeping the atmosphere of the original scene it represents.''
''Great scene created, love the work with the seabed and corals.''
The Kingdom of the fairies
''Of all the pieces in the contest, this is probably the one which is closest to the original inspiration. The artist took a scene from the movie and recreated it entirely using their own photos, which, as you can tell from the comparison, required a lot of work and dedication.''
''A very faithful representation of one of Mellies' scenes, the artist did a great job finding the stocks to create it. The color and light work in this piece are not only beautiful but also give a sense of coldness that greatly reminisces the classic movie.''
''Absolutely love this work not only because here use own resources, but i love the composition, lighting effects and general moviment in this.''
''Recreated the scene of the movie very well with great use of own resources, a charming scene with incredible details.''
''An excellent representation of the movie! Beautiful composition.''
''It represented very well the theme of the contest, makes me want to explore this place.''
''This image is also very close to the Méliès' moon landing, which makes it so much fun to explore. The artist took a lot of time recreating the details like the strange mushroom landscape and the capsule. The choice of colors helps to capture this strange and surreal atmosphere of the movie.''
''I am delighted with the representation of the theme in this work, an excellent surreal scene with red mushroom.''
''Very nice, surreal style with steampunk elements give the impression of the scene from "trip to the moon"
''There is something in the surrealism of this artwork that makes it quite fantastic. Even though some of the elements seem a little far fetched, I find that that is precisely what makes the whole scene work so well.''
''This is a unique entry that I like more the longer I look at it. It takes time to appreciate the details like the well-manipulated bullet and the uniformity of the scene as well as the elements in it. The people look quite awkward at first but it is actually very fitting with respect to the original movie.''
''I love the theatrical style of this work, it's like this work was an old photo of the movie set.''
''Great job, I love how the rocket was created!''
''This is a stunning depiction of Méliès' underwater kingdom with gorgeous magical colors and a touch of surreal. The scene captures the strange atmosphere of Méliès' original very well, but at the same time the artist managed to make this piece their own. Finally, the technique is jaw-dropping to say the least and therefore, for me, a clear 1st place in this contest.''
''This is simply beautiful. The details and color work in this piece graze perfection, and the art noveau elements help give it the dreamy fantastic feeling I imagine one would get when watching Méliès for the first time, right about a century ago.''
''Absolutely adore this piece. Here all things are perfect and composition, and reflecting of theme and surreal ambience, and of course the technique.''
''This piece is so amazing, I love the light worked in a beautiful way and the colors.''
''Used several elements of the movie, creating a beautiful and creative surreal scene, incredible use of colors and great corals details.''
''This image is closely inspired by the iconic moon scene, however, the artist turned it into an action-packed scene with a humorous tone, which is very refreshing. I enjoy coming back to this image various times finding new details every instance. It took me a while to realize that the moon has a face which was cleverly hidden.''
''Very fun and dynamical deviation, I like so much.''
''An eye-popping art, it's like a poster of a movie that I would certainly watch!''
''Interpreted the theme in a very creative way, created a scene where we can see things happen and with movement, and amazing details.''
So I've crossed the ocean again and will be more or less away for the next few weeks, be back by the end of the month. Meanwhile, I'll have some time to go online like now, but who knows how much or when, so there will be some fav and run and a lot of delay answering comments, notes, etc. Sorry to the ones of you who've already been waiting, and those who I'll inevitably make wait in the next days.
Other than that, kind of been missing making features and since I'm still afraid DA will delete half the deviations when making long ones, I just decided to go another route.
Today's feature is for the artworks that I faved in the last weeks and I think need more recognition; all of these have less than 100 favs at the time I write this, some don't even have 20.
So if you like them please get to their comments section and leave these awesome artists some love.
Ah and if you missed my last artwork.. here it goes.
To fix that, you can change the settings under:
Settings / Browsing
The third option, where it says Paging, change that to "Click through pages".
(method suggested by RenatoSs )
Alternatively, if you still like to have it set to "Scroll through pages", you can do this below:
Use the old URL syntax for galleries, which still works: *galleryURL*?offset=*yournumberhere*
(URLs broken in the example so that DA won't shorten them)
Say that you're trying to load this gallery:
But it will only load the first, 64 images, or whichever it loads... All you have to do is go to the top of the page and add this to the end of the URL: ?offset=65
That will load the same gallery but starting by the thumb number 65. If it fails loading the next bunch, repeat but change the number to whichever you need, 129, 257, whatever.
So this is how the URL would look like:
Hope it helps!
Lately it's just been nasty around here. No, not talking about the community, I love all of you. I've grown in this community as an artist, and as a person. I've met many many friends and found so much amazing art.
I'm not even complaining about the DA decadence that I used to read about even when I started being active here, about three years ago. The photomanip community has been a home and the place to go for me, a place were I could find joy in bad moments, and enhance the good moments with amazing art. For that I thank DA and all of you, you made my life so much better.
Now, it's been months since DA has really functioned in a just acceptable way. Life's been really busy lately, and I've kind of stepped back with the website. Most of the time I can't even look for stock cause thumbnails aren't showing up, so I look somewhere else. It's really hard to make features because it just doesn't look like the site has enough bandwidth to actually display the images. I did love making features...
Today I had planned a huge one, my gift to all the great artists on this photomanipulation community. Yep, I had around 300 artworks in this journal, ordered and set up nicely, as I usually like. Separated by colors and levels, nicely sized and arranged. But it was way too good to be true I suppose. I saved the journal in stash and what I found when I went to post it just a few minutes ago, was that only some 50 or 60 images were saved. That was pretty much three hours of work lost, and it really, really sucked. And I just don't have the time to do it all over again, and most importantly, no wish to. I'm rather angry, and sad, that this is what I've come to, but DA really has been leaving me with the impression that there are many other better things to pay attention to, and that it isn't worth spending a lot of time with this kind of stuff, specially when it's going to be thwarted by a faulty service which, by the way, I pay for. I just wish I had come over earlier, maybe 10 years ago, when the website wasn't some sort of dying beast trying to hold its last breaths.
Right now, I'm really busy and can't spend much time around here, and when I do the experience is way lesser than it used to be. That is not to say that I'm leaving DA, I just love the community here too much. But on the other hand I don't have the energy to spend a lot of time here and try to do good stuff for the community as I used to. This is likely to be my last feature, and it's not even half of what it was meant to be... And this is my Xmas message to DA this year. It was meant to be a message of hope and a gift to all of the artists here, and it's turned into a full-on rant because the website just isn't able to hold itself anymore, and I can't hold the bad vibes I feel towards it either.
Before I go, I apologize for the downer Xmas message, and most of all, I apologize on my and DA's behalf to all the artists that had to be in this feature but won't be.
For those who do not know, this was a special challenge where deviants had to redo an old manipulation of theirs with the help of other deviants as teachers. As one of the mentors, it was a wonderful pleasure to be part of this challenge and so amazing to see the results not only from my mentees but all of them, the amount of improvement we've seen in this contest is incredible!!
Before we go with the winners, I want to make special mention to Wesley-Souza for organizing the contest, ElenaDudina who was my team's colleague teacher, and both Energiaelca1 and lauraypablo whom I had the pleasure to work with as my 'students' and got 5th and 6th place respectively. It was awesome to have this experience with you folks!
And now... feature time!
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Darkness Filled With Fear And Evil Souls
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One last thing before I go, and as a personal note, I also want to give a moment of spotlight to lauraypablo's artwork for this challenge, which got the 6th place: