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103 Bobbling a photograph

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Hi. So you can see our dog and cat rock their heads slowly back and I'll go inside the exercise files folder to Links, and I'll choose dog and cat.

103 Bobbling a photograph

Hi. I'm Mike Rankin and welcome to InDesign Effects. In this week's video, we'll see how to make a fun and pretty silly effect that looks like a bobble head doll using InDesign's animation tools. Here, let's preview this dog and cat. So you can see our dog and cat rock their heads slowly back and forth in unison and hopefully bring a smile to your face with their silliness. So I'll close the swift preview panel, go to the next page of my document and we'll see how to build this. Now to get this animation to work, you need to start with a photo that's been setup in Photoshop with layers, with one layer showing just the person or animal's body and another layer that shows the head that you want to bobble.

So I'll press control or Cmd+D to place. I'll go inside the exercise files folder to Links, and I'll choose dog and cat. I'll hold down shift while I click on open, and that opens the image import options dialogue box because I want to show the visibility of some layers here and hide others. So right now I have three layers in this Photoshop document, a dog head layer, a cat head layer, and the background layer, which is just their bodies. So I'm going to hide both the heads right now and just show the bodies. I'll click okay, and click in the document, them right about there.

Now I'm going to copy, paste and place, by pressing Cmd+Shift+Opt+V or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V. So now I have a second copy of this placed object and I'll right-click on it, scroll down and choose object layer options. And for this copy, I want to hide the bodies, so I'm going to hide the background layer and I'll just show the dog head layer here,. Click okay. There he is. Copy and paste and place again. And for this copy, I'll show just the cat head layer. Hide the dog, show the cat. Okay. Now, one thing to note about this effect is when we rotate the heads back and forth, we'll start to see a weird little gap around the underside of the chin here, so one thing I like to do is either make the heads larger or make the body smaller.

In addition to hiding that little flaw, it makes the effect goofier and a little bit funnier. So what we need to do is select the original placed photo. So I'll go to the Layers panel, make sure I target the right one, the one at the bottom here. And I'm going to decrease the size of that. So I'll constrain my proportions, and decrease down to 90%. You know that ought to be pretty good. Now we can apply the animations. So first I'll select the dog and the cat. Click in the layers panel to make that easier. I'll open my animation by choosing window, interactive animation.

And the animation that we're going to choose from the presets is called dance. And by default, you wouldn't think this would give you a bobble head effect, let's just preview it, and you can see what it does. Does this really kind of silly wiggling thing, but we're going to change some of the values and make it look like a bobble head. So we'll leave on page load as the event, we'll change the duration to 6 seconds, we'll make it loop over and over again, we'll turn off the speed, and we'll keep current appearance and leave the other settings at their default. Now, preview again. And there's still some more tweaking to do here.

So now the dog head starts rocking, the cat's not doing anything. There he goes. He kicks in after a little while. But you can definitely see those gaps. So you need to make some more changes here. The first thing is I want both of these to play at the same time. So I'll go to the Timing Panel by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Animation Panel. I'll select both, and click on the icon to make them play together. So that solves one problem. The next problem is they weren't rotating around the right point in space. I really want the dog's head to rotate right around here, at the top if his shoulders and the same for the cat over here.

So I'll select the dog animation. And if you look closely, you can see this little green square over here, or actually it's a green arrow head. That's the point around which the dogs head is going to animate. If I look in the animation panel I can see the proxy for that as well. I can't really grab that and move it to any arbitrary place that I want to. But what I can do is reshape the frame, or resize it actually and this will move to the center or wherever the frame is. Now before I resize the frame, let's make sure I have the right one selected. And actually I don't. This is the top copy. So this is going to be the cat head.

I don't want it to rotate around that point for the dog. So let's select the dog frame. And now I can reshape it, like so. So that looks right about where his head should be attached to his shoulders. We'll select the cat frame. Resize it. Keep your eye on that green control point there. And that ought to work. All right. Let's preview again. And there we go. Rocking back and forth in unison, almost hypnotically. So in this video we saw how to make a cute bobble head effect using the dance animation preset and a layered Photoshop file so we can animate just the heads of these cuddly creatures.

I'm Mike Renken. I'll be back in two weeks. And thanks for watching.

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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 10s
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    95. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board
      9m 54s

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