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Turning the layers into Timeline frames

From: Designs dekeConstructed: Animating a Mind-Bending Illusion

Video: Turning the layers into Timeline frames

In this chapter, we'll animate our artwork inside Photoshop.

Turning the layers into Timeline frames

In this chapter, we'll animate our artwork inside Photoshop. So, here I am looking at that layered PSD file that I created in the previous movie. After which point, I need to go up to the Window menu and choose the Timeline command in order to bring up the timeline panel down here at the bottom of the screen. Then if need be go ahead and click this down pointing arrow head and choose create frame animation, we do not want a video timeline for this effect. So, go ahead and choose that second command, and then click on the create frame animation button in order to add a single frame to the timeline.

All right now press Ctrl + 0 or Cmd + 0 on the Mac in order to center my artwork on screen and then I'll press Ctrl or Cmd + 1 in order to zoom it to 100%. Now what you need to do is convert all of those layers into frames. And you do that by clicking on this fly out menu, in the upper right corner of this horizontal panel, and then you want to choose make frames from layers. Now this is going to take a moment because Photoshop is converting every single one of those layers to frames as we can see here.

Now that means that frame number one contains the impossible triangle, and then frame number two contains the first ball all by itself. That's not what we want, so go ahead and click on that first frame the one with the triangle, and then click on the little trash icon at the bottom of the panel, And when Photoshop asks you if you want to delete the frame go ahead and click on the yes button. Now we want to add the triangle to every single one of the frames, And you do that by making sure that the first frame is selected. Then, go ahead and scroll all the way to the right to the final frame which, if you've been diligently working along with me, should be frame 252, and go ahead and Shift + click on it, just select all of those frames.

Now, go over here to the layers panel and turn on this triangle in ball layer, in order to make it appear inside of all those frames. We also want to add a black background, and I'm going to do that by clicking on the little page icon at the bottom of the layer's panel to add a new layer, which in my case is called layer 91. I really don't care because I'm going to go up to the layer menu, choose New and choose Background from layer, to convert it into background like so. By default, it's filled with white and assuming that you have your default colors at work, down here at the bottom of the toolbox, and if you don't, just press the D key for default.

Then press Alt + Backspace, or Option + Delete on the Mac, in order to fill that background with black. And now you can go ahead and play your animation from the very beginning by clicking on the play button down here at the bottom of the panel. And you'll end up seeing the ball trace all the way around the triangle. Now, you will see the ball the entire time, because, so far, we haven't masked it which is the topic of the very next movie. And that, friends, is how you convert all of those shapes from Illustrator into animated frames here inside Photoshop.

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