Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know before taking the course, part of Pictures that Move: Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop, After Effects, Flixel, and Cliplets.
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- In this course, it's important that you have access to a camera. Now, we will have some exercise files that I'll discuss in a moment. But ideally, you'll have a camera that you can use. It's also not a bad idea to have a tripod to put that camera on. It doesn't need to be a full-size, professional one like I have here. It could be a GorillaPod, or even just using something like a sweater, or a sweatshirt to cradle the camera and hold it stationary. It's gonna be important that you are able to get steady shots, and that you have a camera that can shoot, at least stills, in a time-lapse situation.
Ideally, perhaps, high-resolution video, like HD, or 4K file-sizes. On the skill front, it's okay to build upon what you already know. You probably have some familiarity with tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, or Aperture. Any basic image adjustments are gonna come in handy. But if you've ever worked in motion-graphics or video before, you'll find that these skills come a lot easier when it comes time to work with cinemagraphs. But don't worry, we're gonna break the technique down and show you several different ways and approaches to get great results.
Even if you are brand-new, you will be able to learn this technique. I'd encourage you to make sure that if you are newer, feel free to watch something more than once. I'm gonna be moving at a reasonable pace, meaning that, if you are an advanced professional, you might find yourself wanting to skip through a few things, and that's tempting. But I promise you, along the way, we're gonna sneak in a lot of great tips and results about these applications. If you decide you want to truly master some of these applications, like Photoshop or After Effects, you'll find a bunch more training available here on lynda.com.
But the other tools, Flixel and Cliplets, we're gonna cover those very in-depth. You can, of course, visit the manufacturer's website for future updates or extra information, but you're gonna walk away feeling pretty confident how to get great results from these tools. Beyond that, just make sure you have access to your camera's manual, so as we talk about some of the quality settings and other recording options, you know how to find them on your particular camera. Alright, with that in mind, let's explore what you're gonna do with some of the lesson files.
- Planning a cinemagraph shot
- Shooting video and time lapses for cinemagraphs
- Combining stills
- Developing a cinemagraph
- Loading image sequences and video
- Creating and refining masks
- Correcting color
- Saving and optimizing GIF images and video
Skill Level Advanced
Design the Web: Animated Loading GIFswith Chris Converse26m 10s Beginner
Photoshop CC Essential Training (2013)with Julieanne Kost14h 58m Beginner
Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentalswith Deke McClelland11h 36m Intermediate
After Effects CC Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson14h 52m Appropriate for all
Using the exercise files1m 20s
1. What Are Cinemagraphs?
2. Essential Shooting Techniques
3. Developing a Cinemagraph
Bandwidth considerations5m 41s
4. Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop
5. Creating Cinemagraphs with Flixel
6. Creating Cinemagraphs with After Effects
7. Creating Cinemagraphs with Cliplets
8. Optimizing the Images
Next steps1m 30s
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