Learn How To Make An Abstract Video Animation Plus Create GIF Image From Scratch Using Photoshop

Today, you will learn how to create your own abstract video animation plus GIF image from scratch using Adobe Photoshop.
For your information, this video only 2 seconds length but to make it longer than that, the way you will create it is the same. As one of the basic guide on making your own video, this tutorial also the basic way how to make GIF images in Photoshop. What makes it different is just the way you save the file (image file type) which I will also show you how to do it in the end.

At this moment, I know that I am not a Youtuber, but if you do, this might be helpful to make your own intro or outro for all of your unique videos if you don’t want to buy or using the free one which required a credit in your video description.

Let me show you how I created it!

1. New document settings

I won’t be pay too much attention on YouTube high resolution and dimensions of the document since it is just the basic one. So, for this step, I used 700px X 450px document with 72 PPI resolution and white background. Click Ok when you have set the dimensions to directly load your new document.

2. Make the strip line abstract background

Duplicate the background layer by using Ctrl + J as the shortcut key or right click on it and choose Duplicate layer. After that, convert the new duplicated layer into smart object also by right click on it and choose its option. Then, make sure the color of Background and Foreground on your toolbar is Black and White. To make it so, simply press D on your keyboard.

Go to Filter – Render – Clouds to load an abstract cloud into your layer. The clouds will be displayed in black and white color as you have set before. So, if you set the background color as red and the foreground as blue, the clouds will also and only use both colors. After that, go to Filter – Pixelate – Mezzotint and choose Short Strokes in type section as the dialog box popped up. Then, the last filter you’ll need to use is Motion Blur. To apply it, go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur. Set its angle to 900 and the distance to 2000 pixels which its maximum value.


You will now see the B&W abstract strip line background in your new document. The next thing to do is to fill it with color using Color Fill adjustment layer on the bottom of your panel and set the color to Blue (#009cff) and change its blend mode to Color.

Make sure you are still on the top layer. Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on your keyboard to make a new layer contained with all layers and their effects you have applied and rename it as Abstract_1. If you choose to merge all layers, it is also not a problem at all. Here’s the preview of my layer arrangements and the blue background for this step so far.


As shown on above, you can also hide all layers beside the Abstract_1 since they are no longer needed in this tutorial. That’s also why I agreed if you merge all layers as I have told before.

3. Duplicate the colorful background as many as you need

To make the background looks like motion pictures, then you need more colors and perspectives. In this tutorial, I was using six colors which also means that the layers get me until the Abstract_6. To do that, duplicate the Abstract_1 layer and rename it as Abstract_2. Then, press Ctrl + T to transform it. Right click on the background and choose Flip Horizontal. This transformation step will allow you to get more different way how your image in the end will looks like. After that, duplicate and transform the Abstract_2 layer and rename it as Abstract_3, and do it again until you reach the Abstract_6 layer.

After that, we’ll be dealing with colors that you are going to apply in each layers by using Color Overlay in layer style. Let’s working on the Abstract_2 layer first. Double click on this layer to open the layer style and choose color overlay. Set the color to #00ffd8 and set the blend mode to Color. And click ok to close it. You can also convert this layer into smart object if you want. Then, do the same steps for the rest of layers with the different colors. See below image for my layer arrangements and colors used from Abstract_2 layer to Abstract_6 layer.


I really hope you guys could follow along this steps easily. What do you think? Reminds me if you have lost or find one and some confusing steps.

4. Create the frames for animation

After you have finished the step 3 above, now it is the time to create the animation or motion graphic of the origin layers (6 layers, so far) by making many frames. To do that, click on the Timeline menu located below your canvas and choose Create Frame Animation. Or, if you haven’t displayed it yet, you can go to Window – Timeline on your Photoshop menu.


In just a moment, you will see one frame on your timeline, won’t you? And to make the animation for this first frame, display only the Abstract_1 layer and hide the rest of them by clicking on the eye icon ‘till disappeared, indicate that the layers are not visible in the frame.


And to make the second frames, click on the Duplicates Selected Frames in your timeline that symbolized as the folded paper as its icon, located on the left of bin icon. Then, make the Abstract_2 layer visible by clicking on the eye icon to make it appears. And, to make the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth frames, do exactly as the steps on this Abstract_2 layer (2nd frames). Here’s how my frames looked on timeline.


The only one and main thing on image shown above is each frames contained with different layers. Just look at them, they are have their own colors. If you click on the play button, you’ll see how the animation will look alike. But, I think it is still “rough” since the transition of each frames not blended well. So, let’s make a better and soft transition of them.

To do that, select the 2nd frame (frame number 2) and choose Tweens animation frames and make settings as below when the tween dialog box pop.


When you click Ok to close the dialog box, now your timeline will be added with 10 new frames as you have set in the step above.


And, your number 2 frame before now placed on the number 12 because you just created 10 frames before it plus frame number 1. Then, apply the same steps to the 3rd frame (frame number 13) and so on until the last frame.


Remember, “tween with” type used is the “Previous Frame”. If you have applied the same settings to the last frame, click again on the tween animation for this last frame and set the tween to the “First Frame” so it also blend well with the number one frame.


After that, choose all frames on your timeline and change the display time for your animation as below then click on the play button to see how those all work.


As I have told you before that the animation when you save it as video only 2 seconds length with above settings. So, if you want it more, just play around with how many seconds of each frames will be displayed and also considering to minimize or add more frame plus tweens between them.

5. Saving the animation

There are two file formats you will be showed in this tutorial which are video file (.mp4, etc) and GIF image (.gif).

First, let’s save the animation as video. To do that, go to File – Export – Render Video. Since, this is not a complete guide and might be imposible to talk about the video settings and all its related topic, just take a look and apply the settings as I did below.


On the Preset section, you can choose one of many resolutions available including for YouTube HQ video. And, I also typed the frame rate to 30 fps (frame per second). Why my video I saved only 2 second longer? This fps is the answer I could gave since the total frames I created from six layers are 66 frames. If you have about 1,000 frames with 30 fps frame rate, you surely can get more longer video than this one.

Don’t forget to click Render on the option to start rendering and saving your video.

And, to save this animation as GIF image, simply press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S or go to File – Save for Web. When its dialog box appears, you can change the settings as I did below.


Keep in mind that the preview gif image in this tutorial (first image) was using the different settings and size or dimensions so you can load this page faster than using the original settings as above. But, the steps given are exactly as I did.

Now, you can try open your gif using your browser (with or without internet connection).

And that would be the end of this tutorial. Hope you can make your first video animation or gif image using Photoshop.

If you have questions, you can ask me from comment section below. Thank you.

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