How To Animate a Photo-The 2.5D Effect

How To Animate a Photo-The 2.5D Effect

How To Animate a Photo The 2 5D Effect Photoshop Basics

Learn how to create motion in still photographs, a technique made popular in the film The Kid Stays In The Picture.

In the tutorial above, Joe Fellows shows us how he’s able to bring photos to life using the parallax effect with Photoshop and After Effects.

How To Animate a Photo-The 2.5D Effect Tips

Learn new tips for creating motion in still photographs.

In this follow-up tutorial, artist Joe Fellows answers your questions on how to bring photos to life using the Parallax 2.5D effect.

How To Animate a Photo The 2 5D Effect Photoshop Basics Tips

By-Michael Tierney Motion Designer

In this tutorial, I will show how to bring your images to life-transforming your photos into parallax videos for Instagram with Photoshop.

List of Photoshop shortcuts Guide

To use these keyboard shortcuts, select the Move tool and then select the layer you’d like to use the blending options on.

Shift + + or – = Cycle through blending modes.

Shift + Alt + n ( Shift + Option + n ) = Normal

Shift + Alt + i ( Shift + Option + i ) = Dissolve

Shift + Alt + k ( Shift + Option + k ) = Darken

Shift + Alt + g ( Shift + Option + g ) = Lighten

Shift + Alt + m ( Shift + Option + m ) = Multiply

Shift + Alt + o ( Shift + Option + o ) = Overlay

Shift + Alt + u ( Shift + Option + u ) = Hue

Shift + Alt + t ( Shift + Option + t ) = Saturation

Shift + Alt + y ( Shift + Option + y ) = Luminosity

Manipulating Layers & Objects

If you want to modify an object or get complex with multiple layers, here are several shortcuts you should know:

Control + a ( Command + a ) = Select all objects

Control + d ( Command + d ) = Deselect all objects

Shift + Control + i ( Shift + Command + i ) = Select the inverse of the selected objects

Control + Alt + a ( Command + Option + a ) = Select all layers

Control + Shift + E ( Command + Shift + e ) = Merge all layers

Alt + . ( Option + . ) = Select top layer

Alt + , ( Option + , ) = Select bottom layer

(Note: In the following three commands, the brackets [ ] are the keystrokes in the command, and the word “or” refers to the word — as in press one bracket OR the other — not the letters “o” and “r.”)

Alt + [ or ] ( Option + [ or ] ) = Select next layer down or up

Control + [ or ] ( Command + [ or ] ) = Move target layer down or up

Control + Shift + [ or ] ( Command + Shift + [ or ] ) = Move layer to the bottom or top

Shift + Control + n ( Shift + Command + n ) = Create a new layer

Control + g ( Command + g ) = Group selected layers

Control + Shift + g ( Command + Shift + g ) = Ungroup selected layers

Control + e ( Command + e ) = Merge and flatten selected layers

Control + Shift + Alt + e ( Command + Shift + Option + e ) = Combine all layers into a new layer on top of the other layers

(This means that you’ll have one combined layer and all the elements of that layer in separate layers below, unlike a traditional merge and flatten layers command.)

d = Return the colors in your color picker back to default (black and white)

color-picker-black-and-white.png

x = Switch foreground and background colors in the color picker

Control + t ( Command + t ) = Transform your object, which includes resizing and rotating

Saving Your Work for Later

So you’ve finished working on your project and now you want to share it with the world. Save time-saving your project by using these simple shortcuts:

Control + Shift + s ( Command + Shift + s ) = Save your work as

Control + Shift + Alt + s ( Command + Shift + Option + s ) = Save for web and devices

v = Pointer, a.k.a. Move Tool pointer-tool.png (Also: Artboard)

w = Magic Wand magic-wand-tool.png (Also: Quick Selection)

m = Rectangular Marquee, a.k.a. the Select Tool marquee-tool-1.png (Also: Elliptical Marquee, Single Row Marquee, Single Column Marquee)

l = Lasso lasso-tool.png (Also: Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso)

i = Eyedropper eyedropper-tool.png (Also: Color Sampler, Ruler, Note, Count)

c = Crop crop-tool.png (Also: Slice, Slice Select)

e = Eraser eraser-tool.png (Also: Background Eraser, Magic Eraser)

u = Rectangle rectangle-tool.png (Also: Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line, Custom Shape)

t = Horizontal Type text-tool.png (Also: Vertical Type, Horizontal Type Mask, Vertical Type Mask)

b = Brush brush-tool-1.png (Also: Pencil, Color Replacement, Mixer Brush)

h = History Brush history-brush-tool.png (Also: Art History Brush)

j = Spot Healing Brush spot-healing-tool.png (Also: Healing Brush, Patch, Red Eye)

g = Gradient gradient-tool.png (Also: Paint Bucket)

p = Path Selection path-selection-tool.png (Also: Direct Selection)

h = Hand hand-tool.png

r = Rotate View rotate-view-tool.png

p = Pen pen-tool.png (Also: Freeform Pen)

s = Clone Stamp clone-stamp-tool.png (Also: Pattern Stamp)

o = Dodge dodge-tool.png (Also: Burn, Sponge)

z = Zoom Tool zoom-tool.png

k = Enable 3D Object Tools (in Photoshop Extended only)

n = Enable 3D Camera Tools (in Photoshop Extended only)

Using the Brush Tool

With the brush settings, you can change the size, shape, and transparency of your brush strokes to achieve a number of different visual effects.

To use these keyboard shortcuts, first select the Brush tool by pressing b. brush-tool.png,

or . = Select previous or next brush style.

Shift + , or . = Select first or last brush style used.

Caps Lock or Shift + Caps Lock ( Caps Lock ) = Display precise crosshair for brushes.

Shift + Alt + p ( Shift + Option + p ) = Toggle airbrush option.

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