This is the ultimate guide to creating animations in Photoshop for middle school and high school students. Includes 3 in-depth videos for practice, making original animated .gifs, and tips & tricks for making animations in Photoshop. This is perfect for distance or online learning as it breaks the projects down into smaller manageable lessons. With 50 minute classes 5x a week, you can expect your students to spend approximately 2 weeks working on this animated .gif project!
Whether you are new or already experienced at Photoshop, this lesson bundle has everything you need to help your students get started making their own animated .gifs in Photoshop. Perfect for graphic design, visual art, and computer related classes!
This will work with Adobe CC and CS6/CS5.
-20 slide Powerpoint presentation with links, examples, & video links (.pptx)
-3 video files (.mp4) total time 31 minutes and 36 seconds
-2 pages with lesson plans, prep, materials/resources required (.docx)
-1 rubric (.docx)
-2 .psd Photoshop files for reference
-2 animated .gif examples
-1 .png practice file for students to use
This lesson bundle includes everything you need to teach a successful animation project using Photoshop to your graphic design & visual art students. Students will learn the fundamentals of animation including history, key vocabulary, and frames per second. Students will then get to practice animating in Photoshop with a monster image (image included as monster_practice_file). Next, watch Part 1 Video to learn how to create an original animation using the move, brush, fill bucket, color palette, zoom, and shape tools in Photoshop. Students learn how to create their own frames & designs using these basic tools. Students also learn how to save their animations to turn them into animated. gifs! Finally, Part 2 Video expands on Part 1 by showing students some new tools such as magic eraser, eraser, and the text tool. Students will see how to add more movement to their frames. Students also learn how to use Free Transform and Transform to add interest and variety to their animations. The final product is an original animated .gif created by the student!
All files, except the videos, are editable. Feel free to modify the lessons to the needs of your students.