How to Create Live Images - Cinemagraphs in Photoshop
Hi there. This video is all about creating cinema graphs in Photoshop, you can see the water is moving. But everything else is still, let's turn the little mask off, you can see that's the whole image looping around but with a cool little mask, you can make it just happen in a tiny little bit and with a little bit of layer loopiness, you can play forever. We'll do a couple of versions this one as well, coffee beans, just keep on going forever. Then we'll look at exporting them as a gift. So you can upload them to websites and social media and have one of those kind of harry potter newspaper, living image things. Alright, let's learn how to do it now in Photoshop. Alright. To create our cinema graph, we're gonna go to file open and in your 13 video file, let's open up cinema graph one. Now, this particular effect works mainly because I found a video that has something moving. Water is a good one. It's easy to fake and fudge and this guy doesn't move too much. Okay. He does over the whol...
e course, but I'm just gonna use a little snippet at the beginning here where he's not moving very much if there's a lot of movement or the cameras actually panning across and moving. It just doesn't work. So static foreground background and just have something moving within. It can be a waterfall, could be things being poured out, hair blowing in the wind. If you google top cinema graph animations into youtube will give you some ideas of things you can do now, I'm going to run through what you need to do step by step. Now, the only reason I remember how to do this is because I've taught it so many times. It is really hard to remember off the top of your head. So what I've done is in your class projects. Okay, I've created this one called cinema graph and I just slept done it step by step. Even then my notes, it's still quite hard. So there's lots of playing, pausing. Don't worry. Everyone finds this stuff. First thing to do is let's just make sure under this little cog here that we've got loop playback because that's it. Right. We want to create an animated gif, that place forever. So for this to work, we need to find a part of the animation. I'm gonna use this part here at the beginning where he's not moving too much. Okay, then we need to trim out the beginning. You have to drag this side up to some degree undo that again. So you need to drag the left of this layer to the right. All that means is that when I drag this out of it, there's some extra stuff in there, right? It's kind of hidden areas there. So you trim it in so you can't see it. So that's required and then it kind of does this little loop here and eventually I'm happy with it there. I'm gonna drag in this side as well. We just need a little short snippet to loop. Now let's have a look space bar just to see it looping. Okay, so I want the water looping but not him. Maybe a bit longer. The problem is there's a bit of movement in there but I'm going to risk it so trim at the beginning. You have to do that trick at the end. You don't have to do that part but it was just too long. I want a short little loop with the layer selected. Let's duplicate the layer, copy and paste it. I just say command C. Command V or control C. Control V on a pc two layers. Now now for this to work they can't be in this little group here. So just grab layer two and just drag it out. Just drag it anywhere down here. Now they can work on side by side, the left of layer two gets dragged all the way that way and the right of it gets dragged in so that it aligns with layer one, that's a bit, you'll never remember. I'll do it again after this a little bit faster. So if you are watching this and following along, watch this then we'll do it together a little faster and you can pause and do your own version. Now nothing's going to happen. Okay, what we need to do now is fade this out to show through the image underneath. It's gonna create the loop. So let's move the play head anywhere between where these two overlap. So I'm gonna start somewhere here, click on this top layer here, layer, one toilet down and I'm going to start with my capacity. Turn on the little stopwatch. So here's my first key frame. You just leave that one then anywhere between here and here, you'll have to adjust this depending on your animation. So anywhere in here, as long as it's still overlapping, putting in another key frame and lowering the capacity over here in your layers panel. So basically it's going to play and then start getting more and more see through all. Turn this one off so it's going to get more and more see through. And because of this trick we did with this last level, this one picks up basically starts playing here, the bit we snipped off until eventually it gets to this end part, which is actually the beginning here, which probably doesn't make any sense to you always get blank looks in the class. Alright, so with them both on now. Hopefully now we've got a loop, there's a little bit of kind of fading going on. Okay, I'm not worried too much about it cause he's moving because I'm gonna mask him out. I just want the water so let's not worry about it too much. We can adjust these later on. Let's do our mask to create a mask. We need to make a still of all of this. So put your play here where you want the still. So I'm going to have mine just at the beginning here. Then with both of these selected click on these two, there's a cool little shortcut. Command option shift E. That's on a MAC control shift. E on a PC. Gives you a still of all those layers and makes its own little duplicate on top. Or you can flatten it, copy it and then undo it and paste it back in. So you've got this option on the top here. So this is covering everything right? If I had a play now, actually, no, there's my animation. There's this fella. He needs to make sure he's kind of at the top above everything. I'm going to drag him over here. So he's covering my video. I'm going to zoom out a little bit so it's covering everything. We can't see anything. So this is it. We're gonna poke a hole through this with a mask to show just the water. So with the last selected layer mask, scrub our brush tool, find an appropriate brush size and then paint a whole year. It's a little hard to do. You're gonna have to adjust it. So, I don't want too much of this bottle undo. I don't want too much of his face undue, Give it a practice it's space by now. You can see pretty good actually. Okay. And you can see remember that fuzziness. We had not to worry about it now because water is quite forgiving his face. How much of this do I want? So if I painted a bit more of his face kind of working except faces because this guy's moving over time, which is kind of ruining it. So I'm gonna painted out with white. His face doesn't move and that's how affect friends zoom out. Ah It's cool. Huh? If he didn't move through the whole thing, I'd be tempted to do it with the stuff running down his face as well. But because he kind of leans forward during the animation, we can't, I'm Gonna Save This one. Just going to save it to my desktop. Well, export it as a gift in a second. I just want to show you once you get into the rhythm or at least work out the steps instead of explaining it all. I'm just going to run through it reasonably quick. This will be the one that you can rewatch. Jump to this pit where it's nice and quick. I mean, I'm trying to explain things as we go. So I'm gonna go to file open and we're going to do it with 13 video and cinema graph too. This one here. Okay, beans being poured into a bowl. I want this to kind of feel like it's continuously being filled up forever. So which part do I want? I probably want the bit that's, it's a little bit hard when you can see the bottom of the bowl. I practiced. Okay it's easier when there's no hole. So I just want to chunk this big. So you remember the rule is drag you have to drag this left side of it to the right. How much up to you? Okay. As long as there's someone there and then how much of a loop? Yeah that's long enough space bar to just check. Yeah this was long enough. Now this is where the magic happens with the selected copy paste. Make sure this guy is not in the same group, drag this one all the way this way you can go all the way to beginning. We can go about halfway as long as there's a good overlap. And then drag the right hand side in here. Now with this layer selected, we need to add a couple of opacity key frames one, you don't do anything. The other one you lower the opacity down to zero hit space bar and now it should look forever. That's the bit you can see there's a bit of a fade but it's pretty good. Right? You might decide that you don't like it doesn't need to be anything else in this because the blend is actually pretty good. It's a cinema graph without having to do the mask when I practiced this. It never came out this good. So let's say I do I want them pouring in but not bouncing around so remember slick both of these Hold down all the keys and command option shift. E will control shift e on a Pc, drag it to the top. Here we go. Make sure overlaps and we add a layer mask to it. Lamb mask paint bits in and I just want kind of these parts, make sure black is your foreground color hit space bar. That's what we're trying to do. I'm going to have to work some of these in. I want you in there. How much of the bottom do I want in? That's kind of it. And that will make a pretty cool cinema graph. We'll turn it into an animated GIF. Now, hopefully it shows after a little bit of practice you can bang out lots of the cinema graphs tested on different things. But let's look at exporting now as a gift to export it. Go up to file, let's go to, you have to use the export save for web legacy. You have to use this older version because it has some special gift tricks in here, wait for it to load. It's gonna be a bit stressful on your machine, Photoshop doesn't like doing video and animation very much so you need to pick a preset. It doesn't really matter as long as it's gift. The higher the numbers, the more colors and the night. So it's going to look. But the far size is going to be bigger. You don't need to change anything except for down here. It says looping options you wanted to say loop forever rather than just play once. Also this is a very big like this is full HD it's gonna be a super big gift. If this is going out via social media, you probably wanted to be a lot smaller. I'm gonna make mine like 20% of the original size. It's about 300 pixels across. And then click on this option that says safe. I'm going to put mine on to my desktop. Let's save. I'm gonna replace it because I've already practiced and then hopefully on my desktop there is my gift. It is less than half a megabyte, which is good and it has a cool looping thing, awesome. Let's do the second option. Let's leave this one is full resolution just so you can see the difference. So file export. Save for web. It shouldn't be too big. Not like a fully animated GIF because there's only a small part that's actually changing colors. So remember loop forever. Make sure it's on gift Save, stick it on my desktop. Check it. Where are you on a Mac? You can just hit space bar and it just plays Okay, you can see the colors are all banded and stuff. It's just because you're only allowed 128 colors on that preset if you want more colors. So you want it to be as photo realistic as you can, you can go to export export Save for web. Sorry, let's finally export. Save for web. And even though the defaults only go up 2-128, you can over here go 2-56, you can add some more colors to it. It's gonna look nice. It's still going to have banding, there's only 256 colors allowed in a gift whereas we actually have millions and millions. Normally an RGB or typical jpeg pearl gifts only have a few colors. So if you get banding There's not much you can do about it. Crank it up to 256 colors. The other thing you could do is make this thing monochromatic. Okay then it would look nice and be less banding it'd be lots of grays. 256 grays. Have a look at this one, still a bit of banding. Survivable now remember on my Mac, I could have said space ball and it starts playing if you're on a pc and you can't make it work or you're on a Mac can't make it work. Just open up a browser. It can be chrome, it can be Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge Microsoft Explorer. Alright, I felt like it was a test of how many browsers on you anyway, so once you've got it have them so you can kind of see them both and then just drag it into here and it should start playing there is there. Upload this to social media and it is a cool thing in facebook, same thing in instagram uploading it to things like dribble even just on your website, gifts just play by themselves, Whereas all the MP four s, they need to be asked to be played. Alright, so that is a cinema graph or called a living picture. It's a pretty cool little effect easy enough to do. The steps are a little bit tough. So check out remember the word document that is in your exercise files and look for the class project called cinema graph. Alright, I'll see you in the next video.