Animate your digital paintings
It’s time to add another dimension to your fantasy and sci-fi art, using Photoshop’s collection of motion tools. Paul Tysall directs the action
Paul Tysall introduces Photoshop’s motion tools.
no matter what type of digital artist you are, there are some genuine practical applications in animating your paintings. The world of comics is embracing the digital realm, with huge strides being taken by the likes of Madefire, so an understanding of how to apply motion to your sequential storytelling is a huge bonus for any upand-coming comic-book artist. The same applies to other areas of publishing, both online and in e-publishing form. For me, where things get interesting is in the world of concept art. A good concept artist will consider how elements work within their designs. So animating the static image can be another step in conveying your ideas to producers, animators and modellers.
Although Photoshop’s video tools have had a significant upgrade since they were first introduced in CS3, you still won’t enjoy the motion control that’s to be found in dedicated visual effects packages. There are workarounds to achieve certain goals, but just like digital painting there’s a lot of trial and error needed before you’ll gain an innate understanding of what’s possible. It helps to keep things simple, so Photoshop’s (video) limitations can be beneficial to the end result.
In this workshop I’ll take a recent artwork of mine and use it to introduce some of the basic animation and video techniques that are achievable within Photoshop. And it all starts with the Video Timeline panel…