Aug 14, 2012

Creating a Cinemagraph in Photoshop- Part 2

In yesterday’s episode we showed you everything you need to know for shooting video to be used in a cinemagraph, and today we’ll bring it all together in Photoshop! This is a complex tutorial, so you may need to pause and/or re-watch it to get everything down.

Instructions for an Awesome Cinemagraph

Once you bring the video into Photoshop find the spot on your Timeline rwhere you want the start point and end point to be, and Trim the points to those places.

Now comes the fun part where you can decide what stays still andw hat moves. Create a New Layer and use your Brush Tool to paint over the area the will move in final cinemagraph. You don’t have to do every Frame, but the more accurate the better. You can later  use this as a Layer Mask later to define what is visible.

Once you finish painting go the end of the timeline, make the layer with the Color invisible, and create a new stamp-visible  layer (Shift Alt Com E).

Bring that stamp-visible layer all the way to the left. This will define the area that stays completely still in your final GIF.

Next step is to move the layer with the area you painted above the others and turn it back visible. Make it a selection by holding down Command and clicking on the layer. Once it is selected click on the layer below it and then make it into a layer mask by clicking on the layer mask icon. Hit Com I to Invert that mask. You’re through with the hardest part! You can now delete the layer with the paint on it.

Because the magic wand moved slightly in the video we’re going to mask that in by painting white on the Layer Mask.

The cool thing about a cinemagraph is you can treat it just like a regular image. Retouch, add Color toning, Textures, Vignettes, whatever you like. These will apply throughout the entire Timeline.

Saving the File

Click on File-Save for Web and Devices to save out the file. Saving it as a GIF will mean it can be an Animation online. There are different ways to determine color and quality, and the best settings I’ve found are GIF, Adaptive, and Noise in the drop down options.

With every GIF you might want to try adjusting each to get the one that works best. Make sure you zoom to 100% to get an accurate preview of what it will look like. make sure looping options is set to Forever, and then hit Save. This might take awhile!

You can then view it using any Web browser.

Good luck, please share what you come up with!

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      Hi Arson, I think FormatFactory is the tool you’re looking for!

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    Pete White

    I noticed you left the image size as original (1920 X 1080), which made the GIF file over 16MB’s. Wouldn’t it be better to resize the image to something more reasonable since it will be viewed on the web?

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    Hi. Thanks for making this tutorial! I could follow it pretty well for the most part, but I am not super great at photoshop yet and got a little lost at the part where you said to mask the moving part by painting white on the wand to make it stay still. Can you explain how to do that part for me?

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    Garret Brubaker

    Is there a way to reverse a clip in the photoshop video editor?

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    Michael B. Rasmussen

    Hey Aron & the Phlearn Team
    Thank you Thank you so much for this great tutorial been a steady reader here for a while now , and I saw your tutorial on Cinemagraphs yesterday. I hope it’s ok to submit a link but I would love to get your feedback on it
    Thanks for everything


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    Paris B

    HI Aaron, can you tell me how you brought file into photoshop? How did you import it to get it to play in the timeline and not separated into frames/layers? Or is this only a CS6 extended feature?

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    Hi Aaron, great video. Can you quickly let me know how you went about importing the video into Photoshop please?


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    “… final cinemagraph. You don’t have to do every frame, but the more accurate the better.”

    “Once you finish painting go the end of the timeline, make the layer with the color invisible”

    “… and turn it back visible.”

    I’m confused!

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    Mohammed Aseem

    I am Mohammed aseem 6+years of exp. UI/UX design. i am big fan of PHLEARN. i have created a cinema-graph. i hope you would like and feature my work on your cinema-graph post.

    Photoshop Tutorials: Creating a Cinemagraph in Photoshop- Part 2