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Tutorial: Photoshop Animation Series Part 1 | Basics

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Are you ready for adventure?

Do you love drawing? Do you often feel limited by the confines of software like After Effects? Do you ever look at a Buck or Giant Ant piece and wonder "How the heck did they do THAT?"
We’ll will let you in on the secret; it's patience, practice, experience, and many times traditional animation techniques.
As with everything you have to start at the very beginning, you must learn to sit up before you can crawl. In this Lesson we're going to learn those basics to get us up off the ground and start moving toward cel animation mastery.

To start out let's make a GIF! Everyone loves GIFs. They're fun, easy to make, and easy to share. Once you're done making yours tweet it to us, @schoolofmotion with the tag #SOMSquiggles.
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:

And 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 photoshop animation basics project file for Photoshop.

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