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Making Gif Shapes Into Circles

Posted by Tanya on December 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello. :)

There has been a request that I show how to make gifs into different shapes. So, I thought starting out simple with a circle shape would be best, then I will possibly add new shapes down the road. Starting off easy is the best way to practice the basic foundation! :)


1. Open up the gif you are looking to cut your circle shape from. Then, take the circle selection tool (which you may have to hold down the square shaped tool that is the default in order to get to the circle) and while holding down shift, drag your cursor outward to the size you want to make. After that, while still using the circle tool, hover over the center of the circle in order to drag it to the proper location over top of the gif, making sure what you want is visible.


2. Next, we need to eliminate the rest of the background around our circle. So, what you do is select the inverse of your circle selection by going to the top options "Select > Inverse." Or, if you know the keyboard shortcut, it's "Shift + Crl + I."

3. While being on the first layer and also the first frame of your timeline, press the delete button on your keyboard. This will remove the background leaving it transparent.

4. You will then click on the next layer in your layer window and also unhide it so that it is visible. After that, you will press delete (the circle selection should still be around your gif) so that the background can then be erased from that layer. You will repeat these steps going all the way through your layers by making them visible, then deleting the background.


5. This is what your screen will look like after you have completed going through and deleting all of the backgrounds from the circle. After that, take the selection tool and click your cursor off the side of your image to deselect the circle. (Keyboard shortcut Crt+D)

6. Next, click back to your first layer, which will also bring you back to your first frame of your gif.

7. Then, while holding down shift, click on the last layer of your gif so that they are all highlighted and selected.

8. Now, take the Move tool and drag the gif into the graphic that you are going to place it on. (If these are your plans.)

9. Now that the gif is on the graphic, you may want to resize the gif, depending on the original size. Mine is a bit too big for my graphic, so in order to scale it the keyboard shortcut is Crtl+T. But, you can also go up to the options in the top bar "Edit > Free Transform." While keeping the entire gif layers highlighted and also holding shift on the keyboard, drag the corners of your image to make it either smaller or larger. After you are happy with your sizing, make sure to keep the Shift key down before you let go of your cursor click, because then it will keep a proportioned size.


10. The next couple of steps are not neccessary, but something extra that can be added. For this example, I will be adding a Drop Shadow to the gif. So, what you need to do is click on the first layer of your gif in the layer window so that is the layer that is visible. Which, you then will double click on it so a window will pop up.


11. This is the window that pops up with several different options. What I am doing for this is to add Drop Shadow. You can change up the options within the Drop Shadow to your liking, mine are displayed for my specific example. You can also add a stroke to your gif if you would like to outline it too. There are countless things to add, but to keep it simple I chose the Drop Shadow.


12. Now it's time to animate the gif! (if you do not have a timeline visible at the bottom of your workspace, go to "Window > Timeline." If the timeline is still not showing, click on "Create Frame Animation" which is shown on my previous image. If you are unsure how to animate, please refer to my other tutorial! :)


13. This is how your workspace should look once the entire gif is animated. If you would like to add text after the gif is animated, be sure to highlight your entire timeline (all the frames in the gif) so that the text is added to all the frames. Then, also make sure that the text layer in your layers window is on the very top layer. Also, make sure that the gif repeats "forever." Which there is a drop menu for that under your timeline!

***To save a gif: "FIle > Save For Web... > pick gif in the drop menu! :)

I hope this was helpful! If you need any further help, don't be afraid to leave a comment!

Animated Rain

Posted by Tanya on May 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (2)

This is a tutorial of how to add animated rain to a graphic using Photoshop CS5.1 using a PC. (Click to enlarge photos.)

The example will turn out like this:

Step One: When you have finished creating your graphic, open up a blank new layer.

Step Two: Take the paint bucket tool and completely fill in the layer with the color black.

Step Three: Go to the top of the screen under "Filter > Noise > Add Noise..."

Step Four: Change the settings - Amount: 40% - Distribution: Gaussian - Check off the Monochromatic box.

Step Five: Go to the top of the screen under "Filter > Blur > Motion Blur..."

Step Six: Change the settings: Angle: 45 - Distance: 13 pixels

Step Seven: Go above your layers menu, click on the drop box, select "Screen."

Step Eight: Go to the top of the screen under "Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast..."

Step Nine: Change settings: Brightness: 50 - Contrast: 0

Step 10: Go to the top screen under "Edit > Free Transform"

Step Eleven: While holding down the Shift key, drag one corner of the layer outward to enlarge it slightly. Then center the bounding box. Press Enter.

Step Twelve: Go to the top of the screen under "Layer > Duplicate Layer..." Press the "OK" button when the menu pops up.

Step Thirteen: Hide Layer 1 in your layer menu. Leaving Layer 2 visible.

Step Fourteen: Drag the layer slightly down and towards the right on your workspace. Do not resize. Only drag. (The bounding box will not be on your image, I only showed this to show where to move the layer.)

Step Fifteen: Go back into your layer menu and click to only have Layer 1 visible.

Step Sixteen: In your animation bar at the bottom of the screen (which can be brought up going under "Window > Animation") click on the "Duplicate Frame" button. While that frame is highlighted in blue, make Layer 2 visible and Layer 1 not visible.

Step Seventeen: Under your animation bar, highlight both of your frames by click on the first frame, holding down the shift key, then pressing frame 2. Under one of the frames, click on the little arrow tab to change the animation speed. Change the speed to 0.2 seconds. Also, make sure the tab under your frames reads "Forever" so that your animation will loop contantly after you save. You can press the play button to see your rain animate.

Step Eighteen: To save your file, go to the top of the screen under "File > Save for Web & Devices..."

Step Nineteen: When the save menu comes up, make sure the drop down menu reads "GIF" then press save.

And that's it! :)

Love love love, Tanya

Animated Sparkles

Posted by Tanya on April 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello! This is my second tutorial. This time, I will be explaining how to add animated sparkles to your graphics using Photoshop CS5. I hope this helps! If you are still having trouble after this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment & I will try to help out as much as I can. :)

* To enlarge each image, click on the photo.

* The specific glitter/sparkle brush I used for this tutorial can be downloaded for free at this site: click here - I used the brush with the smallest sized glitter/sparkle specks. (There is large, medium & small.)

1. First create your graphic. After you are done creating your graphic, we will begin the sparkle process. Start by adding 3 new layers to your graphic.

2. Click on your first layer so that it is highlighted blue. Next, take your glitter or sparkle brush and click once over your graphic. Specks of glitter will cover your graphic now. If you don't want big chunks of glitter to cover some parts of your graphic, like Taylor's face in this example, just take your eraser and get rid of any glitter or sparkles you might not want.

3. Next, click the "eye" icon next to the layer that you just added your glitter to so that it is hidden. Then, click on the following layer so that it is highlighted in blue.

4. Now that you are on the next layer, take your sparkle/glitter brush and click on your graphic again to add glitter to it. However, try to click in a differernt location on your graphic so that the glitter will not be in the same spot as your first layer.

5. Next, click on the "eye" icon again to hide the current layer that you just added your glitter to. Click on the next layer and make sure it it highlighted blue. Once again, you will take your sparkle/glitter brush and click on your graphic to add glitter to it. Also, make sure you click in a different location on your graphic so that the glitter is in a different spot than the other two layers you created.

6. The next step is to animate. First, make sure that your animation window is visible. If it's not, go to your menu bar at the top of the screen & click "Window" then check off "Animation." A bar should show up at the bottom of your screen.

7. Then, make sure only one of your layers is visible by having the "eye" icon next to one of the layers. After that, go to your animation window & click on the icon that looks like a little post-it note. That is the duplicate button, which will create the next frame in your animation.

8. After you have duplicated your first frame, make sure that the second frame in your animation window is highlighted blue. Next, go to your layers window and click the "eye" icon to hide your first layer that you already used. Then, click to unhide your next layer so that the "eye" icon is now visible. Then, once again click on the duplicate button in your animation window to make your third frame.

9. Next, make sure that your third frame is highlighted blue in your animation window. Then, click the "eye" icon to hide your current glitter layer. Then, click to unhide your third glitter layer so that the "eye" icon is visible on your final layer. This time, you do not click the duplicate button.

10. Now that you have all of your animation layers ready, you might notice when you press the "play" button in your animation window, that the glitter moves very, very fast. That's because the speed between each frame is set at "0 sec." as you can see under each frame. To slow down the speed, click on your first frame -- hold shift on your keyboard -- then click on the third frame. This will select all of your frames at once & they all will be highlighted blue.

11. Now that they are all highlighted, click on the little arrow button underneath one of the frames where it says "0 sec." A menu box will appear with different options. The speed I always select for glitter/sparkle graphics is "0.5 sec."

12. Now that you changed the speed, you can press the "play" button on your animation window. Your graphic should animate slower now. To save your graphic so that it still remains animated, go to the top of your menu bar & click "File" -- then "Save For Web & Devices..." -- a screen will come up, just press "Save."

13. Final product:

I hope this tutorial wasn't confusing & that I was able to help anyone who needed it! Once again, if you ever have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will try to assist you the best I can. I hope you all have a wonderful day. :)

love love love, Tanya

Adding A GIF To A Graphic

Posted by Tanya on August 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (10)

Hello! & Welcome to my very first tutorial!

Just reminding all of you that this tutorial is is for Adobe Photoshop CS5. If you use any other program, I'm really sorry, but I won't be much help. This is going to be a very basic tutorial. Nothing fancy. Trying to keep it simple. 

 Anyway! Here is what you do...(To view pictures larger, just click on them.)


1.) First create your graphic. Make sure you leave a space on your graphic where you would like GIF to be placed. We will use this graphic as an example:



2.) Next, go to the top of your screen to "File" -- "Open." Then go to the file where you saved your GIF. Click on it, then press "Open."


3.) Now, the GIF should be open in your workspace on Photoshop. You will notice that the GIF isn't "moving" while sitting in your workspace. Make sure your "Animation" window is open. If it's not, go to the top, press "Window" -- "Animation."


4.) Once you open your "Animation" window, you will see the different slides at the bottom that make up your GIF. If you press the play button, you will see your GIF animate.


5.) As you can see, the GIF is way too large for what we are using it for. To resize the image, go to the top and select "Image" -- "Image Size..." A box will come up & you type in what dimensions you would like to image to be. It might take a few times of pressing to get it the right size that you want. Just be patient with it. But, for this graphic I made the GIF size 180x95.


6.) The next step is to highlight all the layers in the GIF. First, make sure that the first frame of the GIF is selected in the "Animation" window. Next, go to your "Layers" window, click on the first layer, then hold shift, scroll to the last layer of the GIF and click on it. All of the layers should now be highlighted in blue.


7.) With my GIF, there are 17 layers. Yours might be larger or smaller depending on how long of a clip you have. Now that all the layers are highlighted, make sure your "Move" tool is selected. Go directly to your GIF in your workspace, hold down the left click on your mouse, and drag the GIF right into your graphic.


8.) Now you can move the GIF image around anywhere you would like on your graphic. But, when you are doing so, make sure all the layers of the GIF are highlighted in your "Layers" window. Also, in my graphic I am putting text over top of my GIF. If you also wish to do that, make sure your "Text" layer is above all of your GIF layers.


9.) Now that the GIF is placed where you would like it to be, you will have to go into your "Layers" window and select the first layer of the GIF. Now that only one layer is selected, you can add an easy "border-like" effect to it if you would like, or even a glow around it. I am going to make a border. What you do is, go to the top and select "Layer" -- "Layer Style" -- "Outer Glow..." A window will pop up and you can select and color that you would like and drag the size to whatever you want. For mine, I made the blend mode: screen, opacity 100%, noise 0%, technique: softer, spread 20%, size 5%, range 50%, and jitter 0%. (For other colors I recommend putting the blend mode: normal.)


10.) Now that there is a "border" around the GIF, we can get to animating! What you do first is go to the "Animation" window at the bottom of your workspace and click on the button that kind of looks like a post-it note. That's the duplicate button. Once you duplicate that slide, go to your "Layers" window, and click the empty box to the left of the next layer of your GIF. An "eye" icon will appear so that the layer is now visible. You will notice that GIF on your graphic will now be the next frame of the GIF.


11.) Repeat step #10 until you have reach the end of your GIF layers. This might take some time depending on how long of a GIF you have. So, please take your time and be patient!


12.) Now all of your frames for your graphic should be complete! If you would like to see your graphic as an animation, you can press the play button & watch it move! To save your graphic so that the GIF will still be animated, go to the top and select "File" -- "Save for Web & Devices..." A window will pop up, just press "Save." And you're done!


13.) Here is the final result after it's all done!:


I hope this tutorial was helpful to all of you who read this. If you have any extra questions, I will try my best to answer them. I'm not a professional at Photoshop, but this is how I add my GIFs to my graphics. I apologize if this tutorial was confusing, but it's the best way I can explain how to add the GIFs to a graphic. Anyway, I hope you all have fun with your graphic making & have a swiftastic day!


- Tanya