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Tweening and animating text

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In this movie, I'll show you how to animate the text, and we'll also take advantage of tweening, that is T-W-E-E-N-I-N-G, which allows you to automate effects between two key frames. So, I'm going to start off here by clicking on frame five inside the timeline, and then I'm going to scroll my way over here and Shift click on frame 16. That's going to be the easiest way to make this happen. And these are the frames that will contain the standard balloon. So go ahead and scroll to the top of the Layers panel and turn on that Balloon Layer so that you're seeing the undistorted talk balloon, and then you want to turn on the very top Squawk layer, the one that's an actual text layer.

Tweening and animating text

In this movie, I'll show you how to animate the text, and we'll also take advantage of tweening, that is T-W-E-E-N-I-N-G, which allows you to automate effects between two key frames. So, I'm going to start off here by clicking on frame five inside the timeline, and then I'm going to scroll my way over here and Shift click on frame 16. That's going to be the easiest way to make this happen. And these are the frames that will contain the standard balloon. So go ahead and scroll to the top of the Layers panel and turn on that Balloon Layer so that you're seeing the undistorted talk balloon, and then you want to turn on the very top Squawk layer, the one that's an actual text layer.

Now, click on Frame 15 in order to select it, turn off that text layer, and turn on the layer directly below it, the one that's starting to expand. Then click on Frame 16. Turn off that text layer at the top. And Click on the layer that's 2 below it, that represents the even larger version of the distorted text. Now, I'll go ahead and scroll farther to the right. And I'll Click on frame 17 and Shift+Click on frame 19. And notice 19 is the one that has the slight delay associated with it. So my reasoning is, things should stay the same between these frames.

And that's when we'd see the biggest text. My other reasoning was that we wanted time to read the text. That's very important of course. And that the bird should squawk during the downbeat of it's wings. And then the text should fade away when he raises his wings. So those were just some created decisions I made. Anyway 17 through 19, make sure they're selected and then scroll down the list until you can see distorted balloon. You want to turn that on. Turn on the impact layer and also, turn on the highly distorted version of the squawk text in order to produce this effect right here.

Now, we want to fade this text out, and the easiest way to do that is to take advantage of Tweening. So, I'll go ahead and click on frame 24 here, in order to select it. So, it's several frames ahead, as you can see. And then I'll turn those three layers back on. Same three layers as before. Click on squawk at the top, Shift+Click on balloons. So, these are the squawk and balloon layers that surround the impact layer. And then you want to change the opacity to 0%. Which you can do by just selecting the value or you can type zero, zero. Two times in a row on the keyboard.

Alright now we've got a transparent version of those same layers. Now, what you want to do is click on Frame 19 and Shift+Click on frame 24, this is where the fade needs to occur. We've got two ways to tween. One, is to tween everything and the other is to tween discretely. If you want to tween everything you just drop down to this little icon, that says tweens animation frames and go ahead and click on it. But, as you'll see here, that makes a fair mess of the other frames. So, here's frame 20. Here's frame 21. We're basically building up various opacity levels associated with the bird and that is not what we want.

And we're losing the flapping effect by the way as well. So, we are just fading the bird across each frame. Obviously, that's not what you want to do, so go up to the Edit menu the Undo Command is now dimmed, just go ahead and choose Step Backward. Or you can press Ctrl+Alt+Z or Cmd+Option+Z on the Mac to undo that effect. Click on frame 19 and Shift+Click on frame 24 once again. Then click on the Fly-out Menu icon. And choose the Tween command. Now, we've got to modify some settings here. Notice Tween width is set to selection that is the selected frames which is exactly what we want.

However, Layers is set to All Layers. That's not what we want. We want Selected Layers, so Selected Layers here inside the Layers Panel. We also have 3 parameters to choose from. Position is useful if you have a layer that's in motion, that is, its actual physical XY coordinates change over time. That's not the case for us. We did all of our animation using layers so you can go ahead and turn Position off. Effects means layer effects. We don't have any of those either, so go ahead and turn that off. All we want is Opacity. Notice what's missing here. Scale and Rotate and Puppet Warp are not parameters that you can Tween automatically.

But Opacity is, so that's great. Now, go ahead and click OK in order to create the Tween frames. And now if you click on frame 19, you'll see you've got opaque text. In frame 20, it's a little bit translucent. In frame 21, more translucent still 22, 23 and then finally, it just completely disappears in frame 24. That's a little bit for much for my taste. And the problem is that Photoshop is performing a linear tween. In other words, we're going from a 100% Opacity down to 80, and then 60, and then 40, and then 20, and then nothing.

What we need is a little bit extra here in frame 24. So what I recommend you do is click on frame 24, your layers should still be selected, and just go ahead and press the 1 key in order to increase the opacity to 10% like that. And now, to get a sense of what we've been able to accomplish here, you can press the space bar in order to play the animation. And you'll see squawk appear above the bird's head, long enough to read it and then it will blow up and fade away. And that folks, is at least one way to animate type and Tween between frames here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 25s
  2. 1h 21m
    1. The many and varied filters in the Filter Gallery
      1m 16s
    2. Introducing the Filter Gallery
      7m 25s
    3. Modifying Filter Gallery settings
      4m 27s
    4. Combining multiple Filter Gallery effects
      7m 28s
    5. The strange power of the Sketch filters
      7m 19s
    6. Converting an image to etched outlines
      5m 58s
    7. Turning those outlines into "digital ink"
      4m 21s
    8. Duplicating a complex Smart Filter sequence
      5m 31s
    9. Customizing a filter effect for a new image
      6m 47s
    10. Tracking Filter Gallery effects by name
      4m 2s
    11. Pencil sketching one image onto another
      6m 26s
    12. Brightening eyes and teeth in a filtered portrait
      8m 46s
    13. Using the new Oil Paint filter
      8m 8s
    14. Customizing an effect with a filter mask
      3m 56s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Shining light onto a photograph
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing the Lighting Effects filter
      10m 3s
    3. Creating a custom, colorful vignette
      4m 34s
    4. Creating an angled watermark pattern
      5m 24s
    5. Lighting a watermark texture map
      6m 22s
    6. Turning text into a soft texture map
      3m 45s
    7. Creating raised credit-card-style letters
      5m 4s
    8. Wrapping an image using a displacement map
      5m 3s
  4. 30m 38s
    1. Magic is a shaky proposition
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing the Shake Reduction filter
      7m 41s
    3. Drawing custom Blur Trace boundaries
      8m 3s
    4. Modifying and comparing Blur Trace boundaries
      3m 1s
    5. The Blur Direction tool and Source Noise
      2m 58s
    6. Adding grain and smoothing color artifacts
      7m 23s
  5. 33m 37s
    1. Correcting barrel distortion and panoramas
      1m 4s
    2. Introducing the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      4m 17s
    3. Drawing polygonal constraints
      4m 10s
    4. Manually straightening a GoPro photo
      4m 45s
    5. Stitching together a seamless panorama
      4m 35s
    6. Correcting a pano with Adaptive Wide Angle
      6m 57s
    7. Aligning constraints and overcorrecting
      7m 49s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Distorting an extracted image
      1m 24s
    2. Extracting a foreground from a background
      3m 30s
    3. Introducing the Puppet Warp command
      5m 2s
    4. Changing the mode and adding rotation
      4m 58s
    5. Adjusting the Expansion value
      4m 0s
    6. Using Pin Depth and Density
      4m 36s
    7. Applying Puppet Warp to editable text
      6m 41s
    8. Creating an intermediate text frame
      3m 16s
    9. Converting layers into animated frames
      7m 13s
    10. Tweening and animating text
      5m 10s
    11. Exporting a QuickTime movie and GIF animation
      7m 2s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. Why edit video in Photoshop?
      1m 5s
    2. Loading video clips into Photoshop
      5m 57s
    3. Creating gradually fading transitions
      6m 11s
    4. Activating a few painless keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Adding text to your video
      5m 21s
    6. Combining your text into video groups
      4m 57s
    7. Adding motion to text (or any layer)
      5m 33s
    8. Adding soundtracks and voiceovers
      6m 50s
    9. Exporting and examining your video
      6m 14s
    10. Editing an existing video comp
      8m 55s
    11. Adding a video clip to the start of a track
      5m 38s
    12. Superimposing video clips with blend modes
      4m 49s
    13. Applying a Smart Filter to an entire video clip
      5m 30s
  8. 1h 24m
    1. Merging multiple exposures in Photoshop
      1m 52s
    2. Automatically aligning bracketed photographs
      4m 13s
    3. Preparing bracketed photos in Camera Raw
      4m 47s
    4. Introducing the HDR Pro command
      4m 12s
    5. How the HDR Pro settings work
      4m 56s
    6. Dramatically increasing the detail in a photo
      7m 45s
    7. Adding a curve in HDR Pro to heighten reality
      9m 9s
    8. Creating a faux-HDR effect in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    9. Simulating HDR exposures in Camera Raw
      6m 57s
    10. Merging simulated exposures in HDR Pro
      7m 17s
    11. Creating an authentic HDR portrait shot
      6m 12s
    12. Softening an HDR portrait shot
      4m 29s
    13. Developing HDR in Camera Raw
      8m 53s
    14. Working with a 32-bit channel image
      7m 6s
  9. 1h 5m
    1. Managing the multilayer experience
      1m 52s
    2. Renaming a sequence of layers
      5m 35s
    3. Refining the Layers list using filter icons
      3m 31s
    4. Searching by name, effect, and blend mode
      5m 20s
    5. Color property, hide, show, and lock
      5m 28s
    6. Deleting empty layers; replacing fonts
      4m 34s
    7. Grouping layers by name
      7m 53s
    8. Masking groups and effects in one operation
      5m 28s
    9. Expanding and collapsing all groups and effects
      3m 43s
    10. Introducing layer comps
      4m 4s
    11. Creating a dynamic layer comp
      5m 34s
    12. Applying a mode or effect to an entire group
      8m 55s
    13. Moving many layers without upsetting comps
      3m 28s
  10. 1h 15m
    1. Three incentives to recording actions
      2m 2s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      6m 31s
    3. Recording a simple but practical action
      7m 4s
    4. Modifying settings and playing an action
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a dynamically adjustable action
      5m 5s
    6. Adding steps to an existing action
      7m 56s
    7. Actioning a consistent image resolution
      8m 13s
    8. Modifying an adjustment and adding Save As
      6m 21s
    9. Actioning the creation of a flat CMYK image
      5m 18s
    10. Batch processing an entire folder of images
      6m 41s
    11. Saving and loading your actions
      4m 10s
    12. Creating a conditional action
      8m 47s
  11. 1m 20s
    1. See ya
      1m 20s

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