Adding Motion To Images
To create videos in Photoshop, all you need are 2 Layers to get started–1 for the background and 1 for the video. Then, using Photoshop’s Timeline tool, set the video’s parameters, including start and end times, and transitions. Adding motion to images increases viewer interest and retention, and it’s well documented that video is a powerful tool for marketing and social media communications. For me, video is a creative challenge. I love telling stories with movement and animation.
In the Tiger Tales video below, I experimented with multiple layers in combination, but keep your video simple if you’ve never tried one before. For example, because of the many layers, my original document grew into a huge file which became unwieldy and slow to process. Although I did not record my process for creating this video, I highly recommend Walk Through A Video Project and Story Art Education as great resources for video creation and editing.
How To Create Videos In Photoshop
These 3 steps provide a general overview, but to view the detailed process of creating videos in Photoshop, take a look at Adobe’s tutorial, Walk Through A Video Project. I’m always inspired by tutorials offered by Story Art Education.
1. Set up a layered Photoshop file/document.
2. Import a video file (once saved to your hard drive or other folder) and drag it directly into a new Photoshop Layer.
3. Click Create Timeline in the Timeline window.
After adding video to your Photoshop file, continue to make adjustments, including timing (in the Timeline panel) and image effects (in the Layers panel).
Content Sources For Videos
To create the Tiger Tales video, I began with an image background and 2 tigers purchased from Shutterstock. The water stream consists of 3 separate video files downloaded free from Pixabay, the same free source as the old car.
If you’d like to learn more about Photoshop in general or if you’re interested in how to create videos, please do contact me via this website. I’ve been teaching Photoshop to photographers, authors, and illustrators for many years, and I love seeing people expand their own skills and abilities. Most of all, I enjoy making Photoshop easier and more accessible!