An introduction to animating in Photoshop
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An introduction to animating in Photoshop

An introduction to animating in Photoshop

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Smeltedigelen 2

0195 Oslo


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Gif me a LOOP!

An introduction to animating in Photoshop

About the course

This is a technical and tool specific course where you will learn tips and tricks that will allow you to work with Photoshop as an animation tool. We'll cover the basics of the timeline and some drawing and coloring techniques to get you started giving life to your illustrations. We will also look at some nice plugins to speed up your workflow, and get hands on with some examples that will help you understand some basic principles of animation. This course will mainly be focused around short animated loops, but it will give a foundation to further experiment to bigger projects.

About Jonas

Jonas Bødtker is an illustrator and motion graphics designer working at Racecar animation studio in Oslo.

He is educated at the Bergen Academy of Art&Design with a BA in Visual Communication. Jonas worked as a videographer and motion designer at NRK before joining Racecar in 2014. He has a strong interest rooted in illustration, but a curiosity for most visual fields. His interest in drawing mixed with filming and editing skate videos, made him end up working with motion graphics and animation. He is a member of several art-related collectives on his free time, and has a genuine love for Moleskine sketchbooks.

He can be found on the Internet


Instagram: @jonasbodtker

Course details

Day 01 – 18:00 – 22:00

  • The timeline basics

    • Normal layers in time

    • Video layers

    • Framerate (6,12, 24)

    • Working with layer groups and video groups

  • Most important shortkeys

    • For onionskinning

    • Shortkeys for actions

  • Plugins

    • Animators toolbar / animdessin

    • Brush recommendations (Kyle Webster)

  • Workspace setup

    • Setting up your animation panels ready to go

Hands on – Day 01

Make a moving blob

Basic easing in movements

Basic motion blur tricks

Day 02 - 12:00 – 16:00

  • Workflow details

    • Sketching

      • Inking

      • Coloring (Style variation: hidden ink lines or not)

      • Rendering

    • Delivery file formats (gif/video)

    • Brief discussion of Sound

    • Example files

      • Analyze file and layer structure

      • Setup actions for faster coloring

      • Expand selection

Hands on – Day 02

Make a basic drawing/character blink

Loops and re-use. (Don't draw more than you have to)

Day 03 - 12:00 – 16:00

Recap of everything (the whole workflow)

Hands on – Day 03

Finish up the drawing

Your own render! (Gif and video for instagram or whatever)

Course requirements

  • Laptop

  • Tablet (this is a course based on drawing)

  • Photoshop (preferably latest, but CS6 and up is good)

  • Basic to intermediate knowledge of drawing in Photoshop

Dates, Meeting times, and Pricing

3-day workshop (12 hours total)

Friday, January 27th: 18:00 - 22:00

Saturday, January 28th: 12:00 - 16:00

Sunday, January 29th: 12:00 - 16:00


1750kr General Admission

1500kr Students / Grafill Members / Blank Space

Space is limited to 10 people, so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

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