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posted: 09/9/14 ·13 ♥ · reblog

Resizing and Enhancing Gifs 

Author’s note: This tutorial covers the basic steps I take to create and enhance my small gifs for tumblr to use in gif sets. I’m sure that there are plenty of other tutorials teaching you how to do this, and the settings will vary depending on the selected gifs. Regardless, the general steps still remain the same. I hope this helps!





1. Open Photoshop. Upload the selected gif frames through ‘File > Import > Video Frames to Layers’. Once you select your film/video, select the range to import into Photoshop though clicking ‘Selected Range Only’ and dragging the two black arrows to where you want the gif to start and stop. Click OK once you are happy. Now, since the selected range is not always accurate, feel free to delete frames through clicking once (or + holding shift for multi-select) and clicking the rubbish bin icon in the bottom left hand corner of the timeline. 


2. Now that all of the frames are uploaded, it’s time to resize your gif. If you do not know the exact size you are after, find an existing gif set/template that you like and copy the image. Then, in photoshop, select ‘File > New’ to see the exact measurements of that copied image.

Now that you know what size you need, go back to your gif and select the rectangular marquee tool (x). In the options bar (above) change the ‘style’ from Normal to ‘Fixed Ratio’ and enter the same width and height of the copied image earlier. Now, when you use the rectangular marquee tool, it will be constrained to the exact size that you need. Once you are happy, crop the image through ‘Image > Crop’. 


3. Whilst the imaged is cropped how we want it, it is far too big of a file to upload onto tumblr. So, now we have to resize the image. Go to Image > Image Size and enter the same measurements as you did for the fixed ratio. Once your image is resized, select the first frame in the timeline and the very top layer to prepare for the next step. 


4. It’s time to get into colouring our gif through adjustment layers. The reason why we selected the first frame with the top layer is so this colouring effects all of the frames from the beginning whilst also covering all of the layers (very top and visible on all).

The first layer we are going to add is vibrance. To add vibrance, go to the menu bar and select ‘Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance’. When the box comes up, select vibrance (the upside down triangle) and drag it up to 50-75 (depending on the original dullness of your gif). The next layer we are going to add is curves. Go back to the layer > new adjustment layer in the menu bar and select ‘curves’. Click in the middle of the line and drag the curve slightly upwards (see gif below). 


5. The next two layers are going to enhance the subject’s skin tone/appearance (by enhancing reds and yellows within the gif). Go to New Adjustment Layer > Selective Colour and change the settings according to what best suits your gif, if the subject is the main focus, I highly suggest you lower the magenta and increase the yellow and black in the gif. The next adjustment layer is Colour Balance. Once again, the settings vary from gif to gif, but most gifs will look better with either increased cyan or red. 


6. Time for the last (and probably the most important layer), brightness and contrast. It’s important that you do this one last as it has the biggest impact on the gifs appearance. So go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast to add a new layer. Bring the brightness up high enough so you can clearly see the subject without it looking too bright. Bring the contrast to about half that amount for a regular gif or more for a dramatic effect.

Now that all of the layers have been made, select them all by holding down the shift key. In the top right hand corner of the layers tab, press this button and select ‘New Group from Layers’. Name the group and now all of your layers are in one psd to add to the other gifs in the set. 


7. To further enhance the gif, we are now going to sharpen all of the layers. Please note that these steps vary from cs to cs. The way I am about to show you works for CS6 and CC. 

Select all of the frames in the timeline and select only the bottom layer in the layers tab. Then, Click on this button in the top right hand corner of the timeline bar and select ‘Convert to Video Timeline’. 


8. Now, without clicking on any of the video timelines, go to ‘Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen’ and adjust the sharpness of the gif accordingly. Make sure you have preview selected so you can see what it will look like and also have ‘Remove Lens Blur’ selected. As for the levels of sharpening, it varies from gif to gif, but I suggest a minimum amount of 50% to a maximum of 125%. Now save the gif progress by going to ‘File > Save for Web’. Saving the gif with particular settings is really important to ensure high quality. Refer to the specific details below. 




9. Nearly done! In order of the gif to be suitable to tumblr, we’ll need to re-open the gif and fix up a few little things that changed due to the video timeline earlier. So, reopen the gif you just saved in Photoshop. Select all of the frames and adjust the delay speed to whatever you want (I changed mine to 0.03). Also change the repetition settings from ‘Once’ to ‘Forever’. Now save for web again with the exact same settings as before. 


Ta da! Please like or reblog if you found this helpful :) 

posted: 05/23/14 ·2 ♥ · reblog

Hello everyone,

This post is just to say that I probably will not be posting anything new in the near future. But, instead of deleting this blog, I wish to leave it up so yourself and others can still learn from the posts I have already made. 

I would like to say thank you to all of my followers, who thanked me for my work and continued to support this blog even when I could not consistently upload tutorials. 

Happy photoshopping!

posted: 04/11/14 · · reblog
Anonymous asked: Hi i was wondering if you know what are those for eg dashes, intricate designs called and how to use them. Thank u

Hi, as mentioned in a previous post, I will not be taking requests for a little while as I have just started university and I am still trying to balance that. If I have the time I will try to do it after a few previous requests. Thank you and sorry!

posted: 03/3/14 ·1 ♥ · reblog
Anonymous asked: How to make long-ish (like 30 frames) gifs without it going over 1m? I want it to be a single gif and good quality and I've seen it done before I just have no idea how they do it

Hmm yes, it is rather hard to have a gif that is both ‘quality and quantity’ without making some sacrifice. I’ll put a tutorial on hd gifs or ‘large high quality’ gifs on my ‘to do list’. As for 30 frames, I’ll see what I can do :) 

posted: 03/1/14 · · reblog
Anonymous asked: hey there! i just wanted to ask how this is made? like only a portion of a picture is affected by the psd? thanks! 24. media. tumblr. com/tumblr_m5pwwwqoCS1qbw9d6o2_500. png

Hey there! To make the watercolour effect, you just have to create a new layer with the selected watercolour texture and adjust the layer settings. I have already done a tutorial on how to make the watercolour effect in detail, you can find it here :) As for making only a portion of it, you can either use the eraser tool or cut the image and delete the selected part you do not want to be effected… it should work just like any other layer. 

posted: 02/28/14 ·31 ♥ · reblog

'Fading Transition' Gif Tutorial 

bootyscoutinglegion requested for “a gif on top that fades into a still image or another gif”

Author’s note: In this tutorial I assume you know how to make a gif. If you do not know how to make a gif, I have made a tutorial here

How to make this:


1. Create the two gifs you want to use, save them as .gif files and reopen them in Photoshop. Now, first off we need to make both gifs the same size. So, go over to the tool box and select ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’. Then, in the options bar, change the settings from ‘Normal’ to ‘Fixed Ratio’ and enter in the size you want your gif to be (I had 500w by 240h). Now, using the Marquee tool, select the area of the gif that you want and crop it (Image > Crop). Repeat this with the second gif they are both the same. 


2. Now we need to make sure that they are the pixel size we want. So, go to ‘Image > Image Size’, and adjust the size to be the same as your fixed ratio size. Before you click OK, make sure that constrain proportions is ticked otherwise your gif will look squished or stretched. Now we are ready to start making the faded transition. So, go to the first gif (i.e. little Rapunzel) and count six slides back, select that slide. Now, go to the second gif (i.e. older Rapunzel) and select the very first slide.  


3. Now, with the first slide of the second gif selected, click on this button (x) and select ‘Copy Frame). Go back to the first gif (making sure the 6th last frame is selected), click on the same button and select ‘Paste Frame). A little grey box should appear with 4 different options, select ‘Paste Over Selection’.Now, that first slide (older Rapunzel) should be ‘on top’ of that “6th slide” (younger Rapunzel). Go over to the Layers tab, the newly pasted layer should already be selected. Now, bring the ‘Fill’ down from 100% to 15%. You should now be able to see both the first and second gif frame together (like below). 


4. Now we are going to do the same thing to the other 6 frames but bring up the fill each time. So, select the next frame on the first gif, and select the second frame on the second gif. Copy the second frame over and paste it as explained previously. Go over to the Layers tab, but this time, only bring the fill down to 30%. Go to the next frame and continue to repeat this process, bringing the fill up by 15% each time STOPPING AT FRAME 5 (Frame 3 = 45%, Frame 4 = 60%, Frame 5 = 75%). Now there should only be one frame left without a second layer. So go over to the second gif and select the 6th frame, copy it and paste it on the last frame. Now this time, do not change the fill at all, leave it at 100%. 


5. Time to put the whole gif together! Go to the second gif, select the first 6 frames you used and delete them. Now, select all of the remaining frames and copy them. Go back to the first gif, and with the last frame selected, paste the frames with the ‘PASTE AFTER SELECTION’ option.Play the gif through and your transition gif should be complete!


Set the repetition to ‘Forever’, Save for Web and you are done! Please like or reblog if you found this helpful :)

posted: 02/20/14 · · reblog
Anonymous asked: For the template thing, when I do it one gif plays then the next? How can i get them to play at the same time??

Okay, so you have probably made a minor mistake in pasting your second gif. I’ll go over it again in more detail and bold the important bits for you:

After you have pasted your first gif in the template and checked that it is all running smoothly, click on the very first slide and leave it selected. Now paste the new frames from your second gif and select paste over selection.Then, with the first frame selected and all of the layers from the second gif selected, use the move tool to move your second gif where you want it. Now play the gif and it should be fine!

posted: 02/16/14 · · reblog
Anonymous asked: Are actions pretty much psds?

Yes and no. They are very similar to psds in the desired effect, that is to enhance and alter your image in the same way as the creator. Actions, on the other hand, are a little more complex than a ‘colouring’ or ‘psd’. An average psd/colouring will usually only include a number of ‘layers’ and ‘adjustment layers’ like vibrance and fill colours to change the image’s appearance.

An action, on the other hand, is a series of recorded steps in a psd file. So every single thing the creator has done to that image, every tool used and every adjustment is recorded and is made into an action script. Think of it this way, when you use an action tool, you are making photoshop do every single step for you in the exact same way as the creator. 

If you want me to do a post on actions, how to install them and use them etc, just send me a message :) I hope this explanation helped you!

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posted: 02/16/14 ·1 ♥ · reblog
Anonymous asked: How to add a gif to a template like on welovetemplates?

I have already made a tutorial on how to use templates, I used my own custom template but the same steps still apply :) here is the link

posted: 02/15/14 · · reblog
Anonymous asked: how do you make text move on images, and what are some of your favourites? (um um i dont exactly have a reference?? like blinking text, or text that fades quickly then goes back and repeats the cycle)

I do know how to make text effects! As for my favourites, I love the text gifs that fade in and out or have one particular key word that fades. I’m happy to do a tutorial on how to make text move/fade on images (as a gif file) for you :) 

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