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    Default Creating an Animated Siggie in Photoshop

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    Here at GingerScraps your finished siggie needs to be 700 pixels x 150 pixels MAX.
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    First, build your background and add your shows as in a normal LO. Next, add the element you wish to animate, I chose a butterfly. Add your first element in the first position…<o:p></o:p>
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    I usually don’t name my layers but I do when animating, I called mine butterfly 1. Now duplicate that layer, I use crtl+J, rename it butterfly 2, then using the arrow keys nudge it over so the layers overlap a bit…<o:p></o:p>
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    Next, using ctrl+T, rotate the element a bit to mimic the butterflies fluttering, you can make it a bit smaller also. In my finished siggie I used PS5’s Puppet Warp, it’s not necessary but fun, and we’ll cover that later.<o:p></o:p>
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    Now duplicate butterfly 1 again, in the layers palette move it over butterfly 2, rename it butterfly 3. Using the arrow keys nudge it so it overlaps butterfly 2. Now duplicate butterfly 2, name it butterfly 4 and move it over butterfly 3, then nudge. Continue to duplicating, renaming and nudging until your screen is covered.<o:p></o:p>
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    Click the eye in the layer palette so that only butterfly 1 is visible. Now open the Animation window…<o:p></o:p>
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    If your screen doesn’t look like this, click the Convert to Frame Animation…<o:p></o:p>
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    Chose a frame time, try .02 seconds…<o:p></o:p>
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    Click the duplicate frame button in the animation palette…


    In the layers palette, unclick the eye button next to butterfly 1 and click the eye next to butterfly 2… <o:p></o:p>
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    Repeat the steps, click the duplicate frame button in the animation palette, in the layers palette, unclick the eye button next to butterfly 2 and click the eye next to butterfly 3…<o:p></o:p>
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    Continue until all the frames are completed. I added one more frame without a butterfly and changed the timing on that frame to 1 second. Click play to watch. Save you file, then choose “Save for Web and Devices” chose GIF, you can resize it to under 700 x 150 if needed. Now it’s ready to upload.<o:p></o:p>
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    If you have Photoshop CS5 you can play with Puppet Warp. Go to Edit / Puppet Warp. You can add pins in places you want to manipulate; I made mine “squishyer”. Play with your element then replace it within the layers and timeline.<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>Today I decided I wanted the butterfly to fly behind the "A" so I moved that layer to the top of the list.</o:p>
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    <o:p>I hope this is a fun tut, and hopefully NOT confusing. Post up if you have questions.</o:p>
    Last edited by Lisa; 05-14-2011 at 01:10 AM.

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