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Tutorial: Photoshop Animation Series Part 4 | Splash Animation

By Amy Sundin

We made it through the basics...

So now it's time to start making some really cool stuff. This lesson we had some help from our good buddy and all around awesome guy, Rich Nosworthy. Rich helped out by providing us some proxy footage to animate over. If you don't know who Rich is, you should. You can check out his work here:
And here is the piece that our robot friend came from:
In this lesson I'm not going to be animating over that footage just yet, BUT what we’re going to do is show you everything you need to know to start animating you're own bad ass looking splash over those octo legs.
We're going to take a look at how a splash works by creating a much simpler splash from scratch, then you can work your way up to making something big over that awesome footage.In this lesson we’ll also use some Photoshop brushes (tool presets) made by Kyle Webster. These are life changing. You need to go get them. Trust me. He's practically giving them away at the price he asks for them. You can find those brushes here.
Also I mention a book called Elemental Magic, Volume II: The Technique of Special Effects Animation. You can find that on Amazon.
In all of the lessons in this series I use an extension called AnimDessin. It's a game changer if you're into doing traditional animation in Photoshop. If you want to check out more info on AnimDessin you can find that here: the creator of AnimDessin, Stephane Baril, has a whole blog dedicated to people who do Photoshop Animation that you can find here:
Once again a huge thank you to Wacom for being amazing supporters of School of Motion.
Have fun!
Having trouble installing AnimDessin? Check out this video:

Download the cel animation splash project file for Photoshop.

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