There may be a easy way to do this..but this how i do it..if anyone has any easy way ..please share it with us..!!! Tried to explain in detail as much as possible..if u still have doubt..then feel free to PM me..i will try :)!!
Many has been wondering how to do this stuff here u go..[For sanaya-luv-arti :)]
GRADIENT FILL ANIMATION(In Photoshop)
File>New>Choose 300*200(or any size as per u r wish )>RGB color mode>Transparent>ok Now Press "T" or "Type tool" n write u r text..I am using the word "Sri's Creations" (Use any font...but make sure that u r font is wide so when we add effects it can be shown inside..) I used "Arial Black" font| Regular|40 pt|Strong|center text alignment |black color(use any color it will not matter after we add effects)
Now..create a new layer..(Layer>New>Layer>ok)n then use u r Brush tool(simply press "B")...now from available various brushes use any one or more as per u r wish.. I am using just a basic "flower" brush(just google it u will get many)n applied it three times side by side just below the text! Now merge layer'S(IMP:Don't Flatten..other wise the transperancy will be LOST!!)Layer>Merge visible..u will see u r two layers are merged to one..(or simply press ctrl + shift + E)
Duplicate ur merged layer file two times = Image>Duplicate - give a name for remembering-i gave "1">ok and again Image>Duplicate,give a name- "2" ok..u will see three image files copies - u r original one(mine is named "untitled 1" , 1 n 2 !!
Now comes the important part***: U will see that in my finished image i used two colors - pink n orange "gradient" so firstly u should make ur foreground n background color to pink n orange..Just click where u see black color(in left - tool box) u will get a pop up box "color picker" choose "pink" n click where there is white at back u will get a pop up box "color picker" choose "orange" ..see below in image!!
[ u can choose any two colors gradient or use multicolour "Spectrum"gradient..
Now Select "first copy" image :("Untitled 1") Goto select>Load selection>OK ..u will see that the words n flower are selected..now goto Layer>New fill Layer>Gradient>ok U will see a pop up box "Gradient fill"..press on the "drop down arrow" just beside the color(see in picture where i circled)
U will get many other options..but select first one "foreground to background" - pink n orange..by "double clicking" it
Don't press OK..we need to change some settings..
Change settings to : Style:Linear | Angle :180 press ok
Then Click Layer>Merge Visible ...
Now Select "second copy" image :("1") Goto select>Load selection>OK ..u will see that the words n flower are selected..now goto Layer>New fill Layer>Gradient>ok U will see a pop up box "Gradient fill"..press on the "drop down arrow" just beside the color(see in picture where i circled) U will get many other options..but select first one "foreground to background" - pink n orange..by "double clicking" it(don't press OK..we need to change some settings)
Change settings to : Style:Linear | Angle :90 press ok
Then Click Layer>Merge Visible ...
Now Select "third copy" image :("2") Goto select>Load selection>OK ..u will see that the words n flower are selected..now goto Layer>New fill Layer>Gradient>ok U will see a pop up box "Gradient fill"..press on the "drop down arrow" just beside the color(see in picture where i circled) U will get many other options..but select first one "foreground to background" - pink n orange..by "double clicking" it(don't press OK..we need to change some settings)
Change settings to : Style:Linear | Angle : 0 press ok
Then Click Layer>Merge Visible ...
Now goto first image "Untitled 1" and then File>Save as >.PSD>Save>(Give a name/ keep the same)>Ok Repeat with "1" and "2" ..Don't forget to save as .PSD files and that too in a "new folder" so that it will be easy to IMPORT those files in image ready!
Now open Image ready ..File>Import folder as frames>(open "folder" where u have saved the .PSD files)>Ok Make sure u r animation window is open (Window>Animation) --------------------------
PS cs 3 and + users .. First goto File>Scripts>Load files to stack A new pop up box will come..load layers.. Use:Folder | then click "Browse" and choose the folder where u have placed out 3 files>Ok U will see there is only one "frame - 1" in Animation window but three layers "untitled 1"."1" and "2" in "layers".. We should make each layer related to each frame..for that we need to toggle with visibility of layers through the "eye" u see just beside u r layer..if it is visible ,,,ur layer is visible n if its not visible(just click it to turn - off) then layer is also not visible.. Firstly Duplicate 2 times u r frame with the "duplicate selected frames" button(see picture where i circled with red color) If u get extra transparent layer called "frame 2" n "frame 3" in layers..delete them.(right click>delete layer or drag to dustbin/delete) If layers are not in order ..then please arrange them in order..down -untitled 1.. next to its up -1 and then on top -2.. Now toggle with visibilty eye n frame... Untitled 1 = 1st frame 1= 2nd frame 2= 3rd frame
---------------------------- For both users:
U will see 3 frames n the time is "0" seconds..we need to delay it...first select all frames..for that u will see a small arrow mark at the upper right of the animation window(just below close)Click it and select "Select All Frames"
And now click on where u see time "0" sec and change it to "0.2" seconds..and also make sure the animation is set to "Forever" so that it can play continuously...(u will see it just below first frame)
For Image ready users: Now lastly click on the "Optimized"(just beside where "original" is written in the window) and then select these options in optimize..Window>Optimize.. GIF | Selective | No dither | Tick Tranparency, Matte:None |Interlaced (as shown in below pic)
(U can change these settings as per u r requirement) Then File>save optimized as>Give a name >save (it will save in Gif format) U r done!!! :)
For CS3 and + users:
File>Save for web and devices(Alt+shift+ctrl+S)
U will get a pop up window.. to the "right" u will see some of the same setting
as "above" the image.. Choose - Format: "GIF" from drop down box by pressing arrow
from PNG/JPEG etc.. Set these options..
Selective | No dither |Tick "Transparency"|No transparency Dither | Matte:None |Tick Interlaced..
To u "right down" u will see "Animation"
Looping Options: Keep it "Forever"
And just below it is "Save"(click it)>give a name>save U r done!!! :) --------------------------------------------------------
In this one i have used a "White border" for that before saving them to .PSD format i applied white border through stroke..
Select>Load Selection ..Edit>Stroke - A popup box will be opened: Stroke Width:2 Pixels | Color:White | location:center |Mode:Normal,Opacity:100%
When u open them in image ready use these settings..here i have chose "White" color in Matte as i wanted to highlight it...u can also use "None"..(or if u r using any different color to stroke then use "that" color as Matte)
Just before u save ur 3 files as .PSD..use a brush ..click"B" n take the first brush in the brush set..(1 pixel brush) and with "white" color selected as u r foreground color..just click many times randomly on the whole image scatteringly(u can also use "sparkle" brush too..u can download it from google).. Repeat with the other two image files "1" n "2" and save them So that when u open in image ready /CS 3 and +...it will look like sparkles...
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Thanks for liking my tut's,,,means a lot guys.. Here's another tut for u..hope it helps.. And please don't quote posts it takes loads of time to load..
Well i have shown how to make different borders in page 5 of this thread - LINK , (Unlock layer,Select "U"- custom shape tool and select a shape on it,Then below menu bar set to paths..then draw the shape..Right click- make Selection,Inverse and Edit>cut) There is another method to make those shapes.
Firstly open u r Photoshop and open ur Pic/readymade sigge which u want to add a different border,here i am adding a heart shape.Then add a new layer (Layer>New layer or click the highlighted in GREEN SQUARE),u will get a new layer on the top of u r sigge/pic layer. Now select "U" and right click the button u will get some other options - select "Custom Shape Tool".and then u will see on the top (just below menu bar) u will get some more options now click on the arrow and select "Heart shape" and make sure other setting are same as shown in pic. Then drag the mouse on image ,you will see heart shaped fill is over the pic and covering it..u can transform(Edit>free transform or CTRL + T) and make the shape as per ur size.(Yes and make sure the color u chose for fill is almost similar to the pics background..i used BLACK color). Now "drag" the top heart shaped layer to the bottom,Now the pic is in top..
Select the pic layer Right click>Create Clipping Mask...(a clip an downarrow is added on the image layer )u will see that the pic border is filled in heart shape..u can move the pic with MOVE(V) tool to another place too.
Now instead of right clicking and selecting u can also do another method..CLICK "ALT" between two layers ..u will see something like in above pic and clipping will be created.
U can use same method and create any other shapes..from Custom shaped tool.
Most people don't see that there are many other custom shapes than seen..too see all custom shapes,click "U" and top u will see arrow,u will get a drop down list of some shapes..there will be a small arrow there (marked in Black SQUARE)..click it,and select all ,u will get pop-up box - click "append" and u r other shapes will be added..u can even add other new custom shapes..too..Click on the arrow and click "Load Shapes" and select the place where u have downloaded the shapes and when u click u will get a pop-up box,click "Append"..more shapes will be added.
TEXT FILLED IMAGE:
Using the same method of clipping mask..u can also make a text filled with image.. Open the image which u want u r text to be filled with ,Make sure it's UNLOCKED.If u see "Background" in u r layers then it is locked,double-click the layer>ok - it will become layer 0.. then it will be unlocked.Then select the "T" text tool and write the text. Now drag the text layer to bottom and then select image again Right click >Create Clipping Mask..If u want u can Move it using (V) tool..and adjust to a new position..
U can even add many images side by side (stack) and then make the clipping.The font u use is very important..make sure it's big and pic can be visible through it.
There is also another way to do it:DEFINE PATTERN!!
Take images and resize them as per u r option and if u want then stack pics side by side or even down and flatten it.. Then goto Edit>Define pattern..NOW U GOT U R NEW PATTERN.. Now open a new document or u r sigge and then using Text "T" tool write the text and then goto Select>Load selection...u will see only text is selected..then goto Layer>New fill>Layer>Pattern>Ok..chose the pattern which u have now created,if u want you can move it before clicking "OK" as per u wish..lastly click "OK".U r text filled with pics is ready!!
Thanks a Lot guys for liking my previous tuts..even if they are useful a bit you..it makes my day.
HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE VIDEO AVATAR:
Well u will know animation avatar,simply called an "Avi" is generally a moving file with no sound and will be in .GIF format.
--There are many online sites where u can convert your video to gif..But there's a limit of number of seconds,size n formats it accept..and some add their watermarks.Also u can check out Online Editors .
-- Apart from it there are some softwares which u can download..like Ulead Gif animator,Video to gif converter etc..
--- But.. i recommend u to download "TOTAL VIDEO CONVERTER"(TVC)..best
and easy,,here the link..theres key in it,just click register and paste
the key..it will be registered.
Now that u got TVC,open it and import files in it or just drag and
drop,select "GIF" from video formats..it supports many formats even
FLV..so no problem there ..now u can even select the time range by
pressing "[" and "]" and then even go to advanced setting and select the
width - height and if u want to crop the sides u can even do
that..lastly press "CONVERT NOW"
and u r selected video range is converted to GIF in seconds and also in required size (100*100-best suited for IF).
Then upload it in any image hosting sites like imgur.com and then goto u
r Dashboard>preferences>paste direct link in the box opposite
"AVATAR LINK" and click "submit".
But what about those effects,coloring,borders,textures on avi's?Ofcourse
u can do all but u will need Photoshop (many choices) or Animation
shop(less but has many different text and image effects which are not in
photoshop)[There are someother's too like Ulead Gif animator,Fireworks
etc as i said above].Firstly let us know how to open gif/videos directly
into Photoshop and save them (even if u don't have TVC)..then we will learn about effects.
It's written for CS3..but u can use for CS2 and other's also.
MAKING SIMPLE AVATAR IN PHOTOSHOP(CS 3 and above)
Make sure u have Quicktime player installed..its a requirement to open
videos directly into photoshop..here is the link..(see notepad for
instructions and get registered too) LINK 1.OPEN VIDEOS DIRECTLY INTO PHOTOSHOP TO MAKE AVATAR:
Now photoshop accepts only some kinds of videos (just like Windows Movie
Maker)and that include .MOV,.AVI,.MPG,.MPEG but the videos u download
from internet (how to download?Use Youtube downloader or..check out
first page of Questions and Queries corner there are some ways)are
generally in format .FLV so u need to convert it into any of above
formats mentioned probably .mov /.mpeg is better(ur choice)..for that u
will need a converter Like "Any Video Converter" or "Total video
Now that all is done..open u r photoshop.Goto File>Import>Video Frames to layers
U will get a POP-UP box => LOAD,Select the file(The video file u just converted)
I am taking this Aditya-Priya video from serial "Maryada"..
Another POP-UP box will be opened "Import Video to layers"
The green square marked is "Play" button.
In "Range to Import" ..U can Check/select "Beginning to end" (that means full video) OR
check/Select "selected range only" (if u want to select a part of video)
To select "part" of video press "SHIFT" button continuously and drag with mouse the range u want(the circled part in image)
Now check "Limit To every _ Frames"..it can range from 2-5 on ur
wish..(limiting controls from having unnecessary extra frames for every
moment,u can increase this when u want the avi with less frames.)
Also check "Frame Animation" and lastly press "OK"
Make sure u r "Animation" window is opened or goto "Window>Animation"
Now u will see u r file opened and there are frames in
"Animation(Frames) window" and each frame is turned into layer in
"layers box"..[Pointed in BROWN square](for layer box goto
Window>Layers..which will be generally on u r down right
side)[Pointed in PINK square]
U can crop(Press "C") the video freely and also resize to required size..
Image>Image Resize and select 100*100 "PIXELS"(Make sure Constant
proportions is "UNCHECKED") a general avatar size or u can change to any
size for that matter and Play u r animation.
U can Delete any frames which u feel extra by Dragging them to delete
frame button(shown above)but they will not be deleted from layers**,
IMP:So if u want to delete a frame completely delete it from "layers" too,just drag them to trahcan in layers.
U can delay the time too.."select all frames" by pressing the Animation
Options ("Arrow" - pointed out in RED square - we are going to use this
many times so better remember) and click on the "TimeDelay"line
(highlighted in light green)and change to u r required time like 0.1
Seconds,0.3 Seconds or "NO delay".
Make sure u r Time Loop(pointed in blue color) is set "FOREVER" to play continuously forever.Play it and see how it is.
U r Plain Avatar is done!Now lastly u need save u r .GIF
Goto File>Save for Web and Devices..U will get a pop-up box "Save for Web and Devices"
Now select theses Options and save.
On right u will see many options-set to
GIF|Selective(or Adaptive or perceptual)|256 colors
Right down - Make sure...Looping options is set "Forever" and lastly click "SAVE",Give a name and click "OK".
But what if u want the animation to be colorless i mean Black and
white...then simple..instead of selecting "Selective" in above,in
dropdown list select "Greyscale"(Not Black and white) and save.
2.OPEN .GIF FILES INTO PHOTOSHOP:
Now instead of converting the video into anyother video format..convert
video directly into .GIF using "Total Video Converter"..link given
or any other converter.
Total Video Converter
File>open and select the .GIF file.It will opened..u can see frames in Animation(frames) and Layer's of it "Layers"
[If u can't open or can see just one frame in layer and animation box..then do this.
Goto File>Import>Video Frames to layers
U will get a POP-UP box => LOAD,Select the .gif file.
Obviously u can't see a .GIF file but u can write the name of .GIF file
in "File Name" and open it.Example if u r .GIF file name is "Avatar"
then write "Avatar.gif" in "File name" box (so make sure u keep a easy
name for file which can be easily remembered)and
press "Load" It will open..now select "Beginning to End" and check
"Frame Animation" - Press "Ok".It will open in layers as shown above]
Now make any changes if u want like cropping/resizing and set delay,also
set timeloop to forever and save u r .GIF - shown above.
HOW TO ADD TEXT/BRUSHES/TEXTURES/EFFECTS ON AVATAR(.GIF) IN PHOTOSHOP(CS 3 and above)
Farzana(ffkhan) has given a very nice tut ..How To Add lighting/color Effects on avi/animated GIF in Adobe Photoshop
CS5..do check that out.
This is the animation i want to add effects too..it has 25 frames..
Now..that u know how to open gif's(directly or through videos)and also
save then in photoshop..we will now know how to add different stuff ON
Firstly u should know something that is..when ever u add text or any effect..
1.Select u r FIRST FRAME in ANIMATION(Frames) Box (Highlighted in Orange circle)
(Why?The obvious question and i have the answer..in layers box..if u see
there is something called"Propogate Frame 1 changes" TICKED(If it's not
then tick it now -HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN SQUARE)..that means..what ever
changes u r making to Frame 1 will apply to all the frames after it..so
instead of changing for 100's of frames..the changes we make
to 1st frame applies to all in single click..)
2.Select the LAST LAYER in LAYERS Box.(Highlighted in Orange oval)
(Why?Because the effects-text/brushes etc should come ON THE TOP/OVER
the layers and not below then..if they are below they will be not
visible on the top layers..so all the effects must be added on the top
of all GIF "LAYERS")
Now..open u r gif/video and after making appropriate changes to
it..click on first frame in animation(frames) box and select last layer
in layers box..and add whatever effects u like just as u do it on a
normal sigge..see that "FX" i have circled in PINK- "ADD A LAYER STYLE"
it's style effects can be used on any but generally used in TEXT,u can
also get it by Right
clicking and going to "Blending options" OR double clicking a layer OR
Layer>Layer style>Blending options.And see that DARK BLUE CIRCLE
-"CREATE NEW FILL or ADJUSTMENT LAYER"..that is what we are going to use
to add more effects on out avi.These can be also taken from menu bar
Image>Adjustments>XxX(U will find various options)
Lets see what effects i have added and see that all the effects are on
the top of layer's *(highlighted in light blue and shows an up arrow)
If u are using CS4/5 - In ADJUSTMENTS - Add and adjustment -
(Highlighted in PINK square)..u will see many options in small icons
down to it..just click anyone of them and add effects - (Highlighted in
I have added numbers before layers so that they are easy for referencing..
1.I have added a Brightness/Contrast layer - For that goto
Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast ) and change the brightness
and contrast by moving the slider.
2.I have changed the Levels..Image>Adjustments>Levels and change them.
3.I have changed the curves..Image>Adjustments>Curves,,and drag
the straight curve to up or down and change it as per ur requirement.
4.Made a selective coloring..Image >Adjustments>Selctive color..u
can see in Colors from drop downlist select any change the levels by
dragging the slider and changing the method to - relative/absolute.
5.Added a Light stars textures(open the texture and drag the texture
layer over the top of all layers) and set it to "SCREEN" mode from drop
arrow..where u see "Normal" now (higlighted in red square) and lowered
the "opacity" to "70%" where u see "100%" now(highlighted in orange
6.Added a Icon(100*100) frame i made,open the frame -.png(to preserve
tranparency) pic and dragged it layer over the top of all layers while
pressing "SHIFT" button so that it comes exactly on it.
7.Added a Black border to hightlight -
pixels,Color:Black,Location:center, Mode:Normal,Opacity:100% and click
8 n 9.Add text - Click "T" and add text with ur fav font and move it
with Move"M" tool to appropriate place..My suggestion add text lastly
after adding all effects..(u will see mine's added on top of all layers)
One thing make sure that after u have written text and before u add
style effect(Blending options) to any TEXT layer..u need to make sure u
have clicked "UNIFY STYLE LAYER"(Highlighted in blue square) and then
add any style effects like stroke/dropshadow,otherwise they may not be
added to other frames.
--- 0.U can add anybrushes if u want too,I haven't added any ..just
press "B" and add on top of al layer..u can even add color
balance/patterns/textures in same way.
Try playing the animation with play button and see how is it ..?
But..One thing make sure when ever u add effect come back again to first
frame and select last layer..otherwise it will not be added and make
sure whenever u add effects to text layer..click "unify layer style"
U can use what ever styles and effects u want..one more suggestion see
which layer should be above and which layer should be below of
eachother..that means if text layer is below a pattern/text layer..it
may not be visible so drag it up them..and if a coloring layer is above a
frame/border so drag them down And lastly save it.
File>save for web and devices n set options as show above..and this is my end result.
If u are stuck somewhere and don't know how to proceed or want to work
later on then save the file as .PSD,File>Save as,,it will
automatically give u option to save as .PSd(if it isn't then change to
.PSD in Format: drop downlist First option) and click "save" after
giving a name to it.U can open it whenever u want to continue it again
and all will be present in layer's so u can always go back to
history(Windows>History)and drag back any options u set before that u
One more thing when ever u r working with Avi's don't ever ever Flatten or Merge La
yers,or every thing becomes static and doesn't move..!!
And if u r GIf's are not moving sometimes then it may be your computer
or sometimes imagehosting site like imageshack.us problem..as long as u
saved it correctly in .GIF ..then its right for sure and as said always
save u r files as .PSD's from start so u can work again even if u r
computer is stuck or there is a powercut.
i was about to post these tut's long back..but a deadly combination of
SUPER slow computer and Internet makes my week's work extend to month and to add to it the message i typed so long was not accepted by IF..and i had to write all again twice.One thing make sure that u save anything and everything before u post it in IF..
i have learnt my lesson
This is the times when u feel like breaking ur PC into two..but can't as u need it again.
Forgive for any typo's and mistakes..
Coming up with more tut's..
P.S:It takes lots of time and problems(Read:Slow PC and internet and IF's annoying "message not posted" messages) to make tut's ..and i have no idea if this is helpful to others ..so please press the "LIKE" button.