Make a Colorful Animation.

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I did this tutorial in Photoshop CS3 Extended which is why some of you may have problems. However, that does't mean this tutorial won't work in other versions of Photoshop. Just try it out.

I am now back after my loooooong break from submitting tutorials. It's good to jump into the old routine again. :) Okay well down to business... Ever wanted to learn how to animate an object in a picture so that it changes colors? Well I'll teach you with this tutorial. It's very easy. I'll be using Kanye West again.
Here's the before:

Here's the after:

Let's go!

001.Open up your photo in Photoshop.

002.Select your Quick Selection Tool (W).

003.Select the object you want to animate.

004.Do a ctrl+j however many times you want the object to change colors. If you want it to change into 5 different colors, do a ctrl+j 5 times.

005.Now make all the layers invisible except for the "Background" & "Layer 1" layers. Also, ctrl+click on "Layer 1's" thumbnail thing.

006.Go Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.

007.Play around with the settings until you get a color you want.

008.Repeat steps 5-7 but for the other layers.

009.Once you are done adding color to your object, go Window>Animation so we can put the animation together.

010.Click on the little icon to the left of the trash can to duplicate the layer. make sure you duplicate then correctly meaning they match the same amount of layers you have for you picture.

011.This is how my frames look like. I have 6 because I have 6 layers.

012.Now go to the first frame & make all the layers invisible in the layer's palette except for the first layer.

013.Do the same for the others. Like for the second one, only make the "Background" & "Layer 1" layers visible. The third one, only make the "Background" & "Layer 1 copy" layers visible, etc, etc, until you get to the end.

014.Now set the delay to 0.2 settings. You can set it to whatever you'd like but I recommend 0.2 only because it goes pretty fast.

015.Finally go File>Save for Web & Devices & save you image.

016.You've now completed your animated image. YAY! :D

If you got lost or have any questions, comment the tutotial & I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :D

Tutorial Comments

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cool tutorial!

By doodleisLOVE on Dec 23, 2008 3:04 am

super cool!

By sunshine07 on Oct 20, 2008 6:56 am

Hey! I did everything correctly and got the animation to work, but when I got to file>save for web and devices the optimizing thing comes up, I hit save but it dosen't stay animated. I use photoshop cs3 extended so I don't know what I am doing wrong. Please help?

By eyeheartphotoshop on Sep 30, 2008 10:07 pm

oh this rocks!

By creole on Aug 24, 2008 7:11 pm

ty for the tutorial!
♥'ed it!

By smile4pup on Aug 14, 2008 9:27 am

my photoshop doesnt have animation
so how can i get that ?

By xiloveandax on Aug 13, 2008 6:00 pm

great tut, quite easy to understand.
there is a easier way to create photo animation - fotomorph. you can make your own photo animation with it in just 2 steps.
Free to download
http://www.shareware 61.html

By Waclaw on Aug 12, 2008 4:15 am

Thanks that was cool..I hope u will post how to do glitter, I will look for it...Thanks again..

By hairless25 on Aug 12, 2008 12:08 am

i cant understand =[

By cyrilekim11 on Aug 10, 2008 4:37 am

i love disz tutorial itsz so easzy and u explain everything so well thnx mucho0o0o [=

By lilmiiszting on Jul 31, 2008 2:03 am
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Author manny-the-dino View profile
Submitted on Jul 19, 2008
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Approved on Jul 19, 2008