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on the topic of animations [Jul. 8th, 2005|06:14 pm]
Tutorials for Photo Shop 7

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[blumchen]
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Note: This tutorial is for advanced users. Proceed with caution

I've had many many people ask me about how to do animations in icons. Most of my knowledge comes from the lovely mannequinskin, but I've taught myself a few things as well. This tutorial expands to AS3 as well, so you won't be able to do this without an animating program of some kind.

02/04/2012 - I must also mention that this tutorial does not have helping images; both the base snow animation and the guide images have been lost, but if you have questions, just ask. A lot of the animation principles are the same as the ones for my other animations.

This one is going to be about snow. Before I continue, I would like to remind people that snow should not be added to just *any* icon. So please, do not put a snow effect on an icon using an image that takes place indoors. That just doesn't make sense.

Now first, you're going to need a snowy animation. You can make it yourself, or use an already provided one.
Now, there's a way to just "drag" the animation over top and you'll be done, but that only works on transparent images, so this will have to be done frame by frame. Other things will need to be done anyway, so give it some time.

Step One: Create an icon.

Make a base icon for your snow animation. Remember things like colour scheme, whether or not snow is a fitting theme, ect. I chose to make a Kikyou icon with a blue theme, because Kikyou is often surrounded by glowy lights when her Shinidamachuu things are around, which looks like it could be snow.



Step Two: Open up the animation

I recommend opening it into Animation Shop 3 (or an equal animation program. I recommend this one)

Now, when you open the animation, you'll see all the frames.

Step Three: Copy the frames.

You'll have to do this part manually, frame by frame, in order to get the effect just right. Click on the first frame, copy it (rightclick; copy or CTRL+C) and then go back to your icon in photoshop. Paste it over top of your icon (Edit; Paste or CTRL+V) Depending on your frame count, this may take a while.

Step Four; Blending

Go over to your layers window (Window; Layers) and right click on the top (Snow) layer, and right click, then select "Blending Options". The Layer style window will appear.

In that drop down menu, select Screen (not overlay!) and click okay, to close the window. This will make the darker part invisible and leave only the white snowy part behind. But the snow flakes are so blocky looking! We can fix that! We have the technology!

Make sure the snowy layer is still the one selected, go over to Filters in your menu bar. You want to go to Filter; Blur; Gaussian Blur. A little pop up box will appear. Set your blur amount to a radius of oh.... let's say 1.0! Don't set it too high, or the snowflakes will blur out of existence. When you'd get the right setting, click okay. Then flatten your layers (Layer; Flatten Image or Ctrl+E)

Note: For the sake of making this a little easier to understand, I'm going to tell you to just save the image now. Save it as something like SnowIcon0001. You're going to have to repeat Step four about 14 more times, so that's why the 0001 is there. The next frames will go over a little easier, since the most recent filter saves itself on the top of the filter list.

Step Five: Animating the icon

Once you're done making the frames, go back to AS3, and go to File; New. A window will come up. Set as 100 x 100, and it doesn't matter which canvas type you pick. A blank icon will come up, with the canvas frame you picked selected. DELETE IT. If you don't, it will mess with your animation.

When you've deleted the frame, it should be totally blank Go up to the menu bar, and go to Animation; Insert frames; From File.A pop up will appear with a blank list. Click on the Add File... button, and the file browser will appear. You can select all your frames at once, but you must select backwards, or your animation will run backwards. It other words, since there are 15 frames, select 15 first, hold down your CTRL button, and then select the first one. They will all be selected, and all in their proper order. Click okay to go back to the frame adder window, and click okay when you're done

If you want to see what your animation looks like, go to the menu bar and click View; Animation. If it's too fast/too slow, you'll have to change the frame rate. Go to Edit; Select all, and then right click in the selected area and choose Frame Properties. A prompt will appear with the Display time variables. Chose something between 8-12. I usually go with 10 ^^

Extras: Image Crunching

Now, chances are, your icon will be too large. With a frame count of 15 and that many colours, it's going to be a little large. So either save it as a lower quality, or if you have it, go to Adobe Image Ready (which comes with Photoshop) and go over to your Optimizing Window (Window; Optimize)

Another prompt will appear. Ask it to Optimize down to 38k so that it will fit to LJ specifications.

When you're ready to save, go to the menu bar and go to File; save Optimized as, and then hit save. If you just hit save or save as, it'll try to save as a .psd.



AND YOU ARE FINISHED. YAY!
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[User Picture]From: candybouquet
2005-07-09 04:02 am (UTC)
Awesome tutorial!! I just love it! I was dying to know how to do the snow effect!!

As for linking you, would a simple link on my user info. page be ok or should I specify on whatever community I post the certain icon on? Or both?

Oh yeah, here's the icon I made from this, luckily I didn't have to do an image crunch this time. ^_^

Image hosted by Photobucket.com
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-07-09 04:04 am (UTC)
It looks great :3

Link however you feel is best, it doesn't really matter. It's not something I'm going to strictly enforce anyway x3
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[User Picture]From: candybouquet
2005-07-09 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! *_*!

Alrighty, I'll figure it out then. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: sobloodycute
2005-07-09 04:56 am (UTC)
Oooh, nice tutorial! The last snowy icon I made, I actually used a 3-frame gif from real snow. XD;; I'll have to try this next time!
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[User Picture]From: iris_elegance
2005-07-09 02:25 pm (UTC)
Lovely tutorial. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: jackzter
2005-07-09 04:41 pm (UTC)
Lovely tutorial. I used it to do this in PS8 and Image Ready because there are less steps you need to follow.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-07-09 06:51 pm (UTC)
Good job, you really captured the mood!
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[User Picture]From: leeuw
2005-07-15 08:24 pm (UTC)

Great Tutorial

I am just starting with animating icons, and I must say this tutorial worked great :) I have really seen the potential of this effect, and was wondering if you know of a good store of Animated Gif Backgrounds? Falling snow, rain, wind, ripple effect and so forth which would be perfect with integrating with images, like you show.

The example I have here is cool, but as you mention in your tutorial, I think I will change the characters background to mountains, snow, ice and pine trees to make it look a little more believable ;)

I also noticed that the blueness of the snow gif...(everything but the snow) affects the image color. I suspect if we change it to black, it will integrate better with the icons?

Anyway, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-07-15 08:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Great Tutorial

I was considering changing the animation to greyscale, but my icon was already blue, so there difference was minimal. However, if you want to change it to grayscale but don't know how, when you're at the step of setting the layer to screen, just add a colour overlay (either black or white, doesn't matter) and then set the colour overlay mode to "color" and that will make it greyscale for you.

Unfortunately, I don't know of any decent animation sites. I google search what I want specifically, but unfortunately, most animations are really cheesey and useless for me, I end up just making most of them on my own. Wind is something most people end up drawing by hand, but rain is something easily done on your own, as is the watery ripple effect (I'll try to write tutorials on them eventually) As for backgrounds though, gettyimages.com will have lots of neat pictures.
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[User Picture]From: leeuw
2005-07-15 09:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Great Tutorial

Cool, thanks! :)
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[User Picture]From: 5254
2005-08-04 06:52 pm (UTC)
mem too (: thanks!
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[User Picture]From: fabala_frock
2005-10-09 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you soo much for this tutorial! It helped me make this;
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Very easy to follow. :)
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[User Picture]From: shobhna_guerin
2005-12-19 03:43 pm (UTC)
Love the icon you made!
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[User Picture]From: fabala_frock
2005-12-20 05:50 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: nelliewu
2005-11-12 08:09 pm (UTC)
thanks for the tutorial. i got this: Image hosted by Photobucket.com

how do i get rid of the stutter effect that occurs when the animation restarts? oddly enough, it's not there when i view the animation in AS or when i'm viewing the file in my folder.
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[User Picture]From: nelliewu
2005-11-12 08:13 pm (UTC)
bah, it is working now :) i needed to refresh the page :\
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-11-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
check to make sure all the frames are the exact same length, because it should loop almost flawlessly.
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[User Picture]From: nelliewu
2005-11-12 08:30 pm (UTC)
i don't know why but i had to delete the last frame or change the time on the last frame for ti to loop flawlessly. i'm guessing i might have added the frames in the incorrect order.

either way, the tutorial was so easy to follow (i've only used AS once before) so thanks :) and i added ps7_tutorials to my resource post.
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[User Picture]From: fantasy2004
2005-11-13 05:26 am (UTC)
Cool I have been looking everywhere for this and I going to credits you.
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[User Picture]From: dependonyou
2005-11-19 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. You've really helped me improve with these tutorials. You helped me make this:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com
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[User Picture]From: _coccy_
2005-11-28 02:12 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for the tutorial! I have been looking everywhere for this!
with photoshop and image ready you can make a base only the first time and then change just the pic below the snow layers.
It helped me make this:

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[User Picture]From: justlikeusaid
2005-12-04 11:16 pm (UTC)
Could you explain how to do it using image ready?? thanks
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-08 09:30 pm (UTC)
I am very bad with Image Ready ^^;
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[User Picture]From: mscreations
2005-12-01 10:50 pm (UTC)
is their anyway to change the snow gif to black? when you screen it it comes out purple. :(
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-01 10:58 pm (UTC)
blending options > color overlay > [set color to black] > [set color overlay blend mode to color]



It won't actually make it black, it'll just not be purple anymore. Afterwards, you can tinker with the contrast a little. Just remember you'll want to use the gaussian blur lightly afterwards, so that the chunks of snow don't look really solid, since they will if you contrast the layer.
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[User Picture]From: mscreations
2005-12-02 05:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm having some real issues with the copying thing it's not copying right. I can actually drag the animation over the image but i don't have the blending options in imageready. Is their a way you can still change it to black?
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[User Picture]From: mscreations
2005-12-02 05:57 am (UTC)
i found the layer blendings. but when i screen it it's like blk and white. I don't understand.
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-08 09:29 pm (UTC)
sounds like you have the underneath layer hidden. It should make the black completely transparent when there's an image underneath for it to screen into, but ONLY if there's an image underneath, otherwise it will just look normal.
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From: ____melancholy
2005-12-02 11:22 pm (UTC)
i've already ended my free trial with jasc animation shop... any suggestions on how to get it back? without paying $109!!

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From: ____melancholy
2005-12-02 11:24 pm (UTC)
actually my free trial ended many months ago..
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-02 11:27 pm (UTC)
look for a crack on http://astalavista.box.sk/

Just be very careful, there's a LOT of pop ups, spyware, and adult ads.
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-14 07:55 pm (UTC)
would NOT recommend that, considering how many trogans are disguised as legit programs on there. You're better off with Bittorrent and Isohunt.
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[User Picture]From: itmakesaspark
2005-12-03 12:25 am (UTC)
is there any way i could do this for a larger image? (what i'm doing is a snowglobe)
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-08 09:28 pm (UTC)
It would work with a larger animation, if you can find one.

Or it would work with the glitter tutorial I've been meaning to write, it wouldn't look like falling snow, just like, the snow is blowing around.
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From: octobersky23
2005-12-04 06:12 pm (UTC)
What an awesome and easy tutorial! Here's what I did:
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[User Picture]From: inlifewetrust
2005-12-06 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanx for this tutorial !! I'm french so I'm not sure I understood all technical words, but I'll try ! :)
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[User Picture]From: daydreamer_1983
2005-12-09 12:53 am (UTC)

Snow Animation

Do you by chance have the snow base in a banner size (something around 500 x 300)?
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-09 12:59 am (UTC)

Re: Snow Animation

the size provided is the size I found it as, sorry!

Try google.
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From: snm_queen
2005-12-20 10:30 am (UTC)
Question: I used your tutorial for my snow animations since I use PS7 but I use Image Ready for the animation part. Whenever anyone asks me how I did my snow icons, I refer them here (thanks for the amazing tuts btw) but not everyone is able to translate it like I was and comes back asking me how I did it or asks you how to do it in IR. Do you mind if I make a tut specifically for Image Ready on falling snow animation? I will still refer people to you since I didn't have any problems translating it and because it seems kind of redundant to do a tut for PS7 twice but I guess some people need step-by-step information specifically for one program. Would you mind?
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[User Picture]From: blumchen
2005-12-23 12:29 am (UTC)
you can even post that here if you want, I'll give you access.
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[User Picture]From: eight_am
2006-05-24 02:50 pm (UTC)
I found this tutorial through a friend and I find it really helpful. I will be adding it to my memz! ^^ Thanks so much. :D
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[User Picture]From: fantasy2004
2006-10-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
who do I credit the snow gif to?
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From: amelia_124
2006-12-08 02:57 am (UTC)
That's one awesome tutorial! I used it to make the icon I'm using now...

And just in case it won't load for you...

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