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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 09, 2014

Create an Animated Spotlight

Brick Wall

This week Bert shows us how to create an animated spotlight moving across a brick wall- using nothing but Adobe Photoshop.

His first step is to create two versions of the brick wall, a lighter version that appears to be lit from below, and a darker version that appears to be lit from above. Next, he adds a black mask to the light layer, adds a circle to the mask, and fills it in with white. This creates the spotlight, which he then softens with a Gaussian blur.

The last stage is to animate the spotlight. With the timeline open, he enables the layer mask position for the light layer to set up a key frame. He then places the spotlight at four different positions on the canvas at four different points in the timeline. The result is a spotlight that glides from point to point.

Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back next week for a new installment of Pixel Playground, in which Bert uses the blend tool in Illustrator to manipulate paths.

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