Well, here I’am with another tutorial to share, this time it’s all about animated stop motion. You definitely get used to see something like this on the net, but you might wondered how did they did this. So to kill your curiousity, I’m gonna buy it for you with this simple tutorial. I’ll tell you what? I’m happy enough that my previous tutorial of Multiple Objects turned out to be helpful enough. Now, It’s going to be another super easy tutorial for all of you to follow how it works, & I hope it works. So I’m going to start the tutorial with no more nonsense words from my stupid history why I learn it. 1st of all, you need some tools to do this, & what’s it going to be?
- Any acceptable Camera to take a pictures.
- Tripod to stand still the positions during the picture shot.
- Any single object that you wish to make their stop motion or even you can be your object.
- Adobe PhotoShop or any acceptable programs, for a photo edits.
- Any Gif Animator or Video Maker programs to create the animations, here I used Jasc Gift Animations Shop.
Pretty much the same like my previous tutorial… But tripod can be uneeded if you want to do it by your own hand, however, it depends on how smart you are to deal with the stability from frame to frame & your skills on photo editing. But for a newbie, I strongly recommend you to use tripod to make it more simple & user friendly for editing the photos. The 1st step would be, take multiple photos on your objects as much as you need to add the frame. Again, when you took photos make sure the tripod is properly stand still, a little shake was totally uneeded since it can misalign the positions. After took one picture of the object, take another but this time you need to change the objects movement a little(to add another frame). Do this till you think it’s enough for making your stop motions, & these are the pictures that I took for example.
Yup, it’s going to be a gunshot stop motions, but be note that all kinds of motion’s step were vary from the way I explain above if you want to do a different motions. For example, you wanna make running stop motions, there will be another way to do more properly. But in the end to animate these photos won’t be that different mainly(I guess), although that depends on the program you will use. Also when you deal with the timing of the animations, it’ll be another different story. Anyway, you can use the photos above for your practice of your own. My first step to do is to add a gunshot effects in 1 photo… Open 1 of the photo that need to be add in photoshop or any other programs that capable to do photo edits, but for example I used the 2nd photo from above.
Then, we want to add a muzzle flash effect to the photo. Insert a muzzle flash effect image to your new layer, or you might wanna make it by yourself. But, in here I won’t explain how to create a muzzle flash effect in photoshop, since it’s all about animated stop motions. If you want to find a muzzle effect, you can use it from particle illusions, since it’s a free source. You can download it here. You can also find another free source from the net or if you want to learn to make it by yourself, search for the tutorial via google.
Next, we have to match the muzzle flash layer to your photo, to do this just adjust the image blend from “Normal” to either “Screen/Color Dodge/Linear Dodge (add)”. After changing the image blend, it will appear like this.
Alright, we get to see the photo & the effect are matched each other, but you might think it’s still lacks of expressions. Well, the last step would be adding a flash from the muzzle flash effect, this is to make it more dramatic. First thing you have to do is to duplicate your photo layer, then create a circular selection using “Elliptical Marquee Tool”. & select just like the image below.
After this, just simply crop it by “Via Layer Cut”, then you get a separated layer containing a circular cropped photo. Then change the cropped image blend into “Screen”, & you will have this result:
Well, what the hell this thing’s are for? The cropped image just ruining everything! Hold on, we’re not done, yet. Now, to make it like a flash, go to the Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur then set the blur approximately 28.0.
There, quite dramatic, isn’t it? Lastly, save your edited photo & we’re all done on the photo edits. Now, straight to the animations! How do we do this? Simple! Use gif animator/video maker programs to make it moves. But, like I said above, I’ll show you by using Jasc Gif Animations Shop. First, copy your 1st photo for 1st frame & click “Paste as new animation”, then you’ll automatically create a new file containing your photo as your frame. Second, copy your 2nd photo for 2nd frame & this time click “Paste after current” & you got your result like this:
For the rest of the photos just repeat the 2nd step till your finish all of your photos in each frame, then click “View Animation” for preview & you’ll get to see this.
If you feel it’s too slow or too fast on your result, do not be fret… You can reduce/increase the durations from each frame, to do this click alt+enter & it will popup the bar shown below.
Then, simply reduce the number from 10 to 7 or 5(reduce), to increase set to 15 or 20, & you’re done. Okay, that’s for 1 shot! Now you might wanted to create a shot like how machine gun or AA-12 ShotGun works, again it’s pretty simple to do. You just have to remove some frames to make a quick repeat animation, make it 3 frames only! XD
Oops… That’s not all… You can mix up between the machine gun & 1 shot motions. Just simply paste all of your 3 frames around 6 rounds or more, it depends how many shots you want, but for the last shot mix the 1 shot motions. Then you’ll get to see this!
Yup, that is all… I learned this attempt by myself, not counting on anybody. I know it’s kinda confusing to do it but I did my best on it to make it easy & clear for you… However, if you don’t understand completely, I’m terribly sorry for my bad English… Btw, The Revoltech Ingram II figure belongs to my Big Bro.