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Animating Still Photos: Titles & Motion

Create Photos That Come to Life

This course is designed to show you the “photoslicing” technique I used to create an animated slideshow. The course walks you through my workflow on a step-by-step basis focusing on the Photoshop skills you’ll need as well as keeping the actions in After Effects as simple as possible so that anyone can learn this!

This 2 hour course is designed to teach photographers, videographers and aspiring motion graphics artist a relatively simple but great looking technique for bringing still photos to life in a way that drag and drop slideshows simply cannot replicate.

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Experience Level: Intermediate

Tags: Specialties Most Popular Workflow On Sale

Required Software: Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

Creating a Timing File in Premiere

Cutting Out Segments of Your Photos

Adding Masking and Animation

Using Refine Edge to Remove "Halos"

Creating Photo Animations

Adding Text to Your Animations

Animating Text in Your Animation

The Final Product


14m 0s

Lesson 1: Creating a Timing File

Covered in this lesson: Learn how to save a ton of time on any animated video you do. How to import still photos into Adobe Premiere. Creating new timelines. The use of filters to maximize your lens aperture.

21m 41s

Lesson 2: Cutting up your photo in Photoshop

Covered in this lesson: Finding natural cut lines. Splitting a photo into multiple layers. How to overlap the layers to prevent “halo” problems. Prepping your file for animation.

13m 49s

Lesson 3: Animating Your First Photo

Covered in this lesson: What are keyframes? The basics of the After Effects interface. Creating a composition. How to import footage. Arranging photoslices on a timeline. Creating basic animation.

9m 52s

Lesson 4: Cutting out your remaining photos

Covered in this lesson: Practice cutting up your photos for animated layers. Using the refine edge tool to get a cleaner overlap.

15m 10s

Lesson 5: Animating Your Remaining Photos

Covered in this lesson: Learn how to add text to an After Effects composition. Adjusting text size and placement. How to change fonts and format text.

10m 52s

Lesson 6: Adding Text to your animation

Covered in this lesson: Learn how to add text to an After Effects composition. Adjusting text size and placement. How to change fonts and format text.

10m 0s

Lesson 7: Adding Motion to Your Text

Covered in this lesson: How to add animation to your text. Using After Effects presets to apply complex animations with the click of a button. Adjusting text effects and how to split layers.

4m 2s

Lesson 8: Closing video

Covered in this lesson: An introduction to more advanced techniques available to use in After Effects.

Source Files

Contains all of the files used in this course (Photos, After Effects files, Source Videos, Premiere files, and Photoshop files)

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