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Make a Gif Animation in Photoshop
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In this tutorial I will show you how to make an animated kissing emoticon in Photoshop, using Animation. So in the first steps I will create two simple emoticons and than I will animate them to kiss. February being the month of love I thought that this kind of emoticon is a cute idea. May I say that understanding animation was a little hard for me so I will try to make it easier for you. It is similar to flash animation but of course not so complicated and with less elements. At the same time, creating an emoticon it seems like an easy task but in fact it is not. It is much harder to work on a tiny surface, every pixel must be place in the right place to obtain a cute looking emoticon. Choosing the right colors it also very important! So let's start!


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Step 1 - Girl Emoticon and Boy Emoticon

Open a new file, size 100 x 50 px. Draw a simple setting, a light brown floor and a light pink wall behind. I am now going to make two little emoticons, one blue (boy) and one pink (girl), I will use this little cliche. Remember this psd tut is about animation so the emoticons are not the focus point. Working with small areas you must Zoom in the canvas so you see every detail so use the CTRL and '+' to Zoom in, CTRL and '-' to Zoom out and CTRL and '1' for Actual size. Draw a perfect circle using the Ellipse Tool and pressing SHIFT button on your keyboard. I will use a blue tone Gradient for this shape and also a blue Stroke.

Draw another elliptical shape below the previous layer using a light brown to create the emoticon shadow.

Create a new layer above all the others and draw some face features. Use the Pencil Tool, size 1 px.

Select all the three layers from above and put them into a group called Boy. Repeat the steps, this time to create a girl emoticon, using pink tone colors. Put again the layers into a group called Girl.

Our scene looks like this for now:

Step 2 - The Animation Basics

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4 comment(s) for "Make a Gif Animation in Photoshop"

7:00 AM Tuesday, March 29, 2011
interesting.. reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 30, 2011
thanks white!
I realize it isn't a good looking GIF because I've focused mainly on theory about animation in Photoshop,
hope u find it useful :D reply
Aftab Siddiqui
Aftab Siddiqui
7:00 AM Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Good Basics for start
tkankx reply
11:21 AM Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Is great and easy!

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