CREATE CINEMAGRAPHS IN PHOTOSHOP with CINEMAGRAPH ACTIONYes, no need for video editing software. You only need Photoshop
What is a Cinemagraph Action? A CINEMAGRAPH is a living moment in an otherwise still photograph. It exists in the world in between a photograph and video to bring to life the image and make it last forever. It is usually several seconds long, and looping.
There are long tutorials on how to make Cinemagraphs. You can spend time trying to learn the process and getting used to different software (Cinemagraph Pro for Mac is $299!); However, my action can save you all the time and effort, letting you insert video right in Photoshop and just painting over areas you want to remain active. and it costs only $4!
My PS Action works by Isolating a Subject. It targets specific areas that you want to keep in motion, while other parts are frozen and will remain still. When you import your video and start my action, it will ask you to first find the best frame as a starting point – that’s the “photography” of your project, so try to find a good one. You’ll continue with the effect and it will ask you to paint over elements and areas you want to keep in motion. As you paint, those areas will become transparent (but not entirely). When you brush with BLACK it let’s more motion video see through. Brushing with WHITE will freeze areas that you want to be still. Once you’re done brushing, continue with the action. It will tell you to preview your video, so you can fine-adjust the mask by brushing. When you’re happy with the video, export it as a gif, going to file/save for web and using the settings provided in the README file.
This action was made on Photoshop CS6 but it should work in CS3 and up. It’s made in ENGLISH version of photoshop, but if your software is in another language, you can still follow these instructions and use my action. – CONVERT NON ENGLISH PHOTOSHOP INTO ENGLISH
You will notice that after Cinemagraph Action is done, your clip has more contrast and cooler color. However if you don’t want my optional Adjustments, just disable the top layer called “Adjustment”, or adjust it’s opacity until you’re happy with the result. It adds some cross process to the clip, but it’s totally optional.
There are only few short steps you have to follow. 1 – You’ll be asked to start a good frame for start by moving the left side of a timeline to the right position where you’re happy with the still frame. 2 – You’ll be asked to brush areas that you want to keep moving. 3 – You can disable / enable our Adjustment layer that creates cool cross process / contrast effect. 4 – Export to .gif following instructions included in the download of Cinemagraph Action.
Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. They are published in either animated GIF format or as video, and can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video. Many believe that Cinemagraphy is the future of photography. Facebook already let’s you post Cinemagraphs on the timeline, so you should jump on the train if you haven’t done so already. This action is a great way to start, since it’s easy to use and it doesn’t require additional software.
These aren’t your ordinary GIFs. The cinemagraph is a medium pioneered (and named) by husband and wife team Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg in which individual instants of motion are isolated against a static image. This dichotomy creates moments that are quiet and contemplative, elevating the humble GIF into something much more refined. Cinemagraph Pro for Mac is $299. My action is $4 and you’ll get results faster.
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