Animating gifs in Photoshop

Course Dates: 17/04/21 - 08/05/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
Learn how to produce eye catching 2D GIF animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop. As well as creating unique looking work, ranging from hand-made to pixel art, you will learn how to export your work as movies or animated GIFs for use on social media and websites.
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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Course Code: VO202

Finished Sat, day, 17 Apr - 08 May '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This practical short course introduces you to the lesser-known animation tools in Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to create ‘traditional’ 2D hand-drawn animation and make the most of Photoshop’s advanced brushes and image-editing capabilities to create work with a unique hand-made look. You will also learn about exporting your work as movies or as animated GIFs for uploading to social media or websites, and how to customise the Photoshop interface to help your workflow. The course will also cover the popular and wide ranging use of gifs and short animations on social media and the web.

You will need to have access to the latest version of Adobe® Creative Cloud which is what will be used to teach this course. If you do not have the software City Lit can provide a temporary license that will last for the duration of this course. If you require a license please contact us at least a week before your course starts at to arrange this. You will not be able to participate fully in the course if you do not have the software installed on your computer.
You must check the software and hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software before enrolling, please follow the link below to do so.
Please note that versions older than CS6 are not suitable for this course, as there are too many differences between versions so you may not be able to perform some of the same functions on their own computers. Please note; installing new versions of applications may require you to update the Operating System of your computer to support it. These changes can be irreversible, and students must take personal responsibility should they chose to do so.
Adobe System requirements. Adobe System requirements.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1: Introduction to Photoshop: basic workflow and creating a simple gif
Session 2: More in depth look at tools, intro to Animation principles and short exercise in rotoscoping
Session 3: Working with layers, advanced brush use
Session 4: Putting it all together, exporting settings and next steps.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe the benefits of animating with Photoshop
- Work with brushes and layers
- Create simple 2D animations and understand basic animation principles
- Distinguish between the alternative approaches to animating using Photoshop
- Output your finished animations as GIFs or videos for use in social media and the web.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a short introductory course; you don't need to have any experience in animation but should have some experience of using layers in Photoshop. You'll also need some basic experience of using a computer, such as navigating through folders, and opening and saving files.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out 3 days before the course starts.
Through a range of techniques including short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note we will be using Apple Mac computers. Homework can be set but is not compulsory. It is recommended that to get the best out of the course you have Photoshop installed on your own computer to enable you to practise techniques outside of the lessons.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

- You will be taught using Zoom for the online sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of courses in traditional and digital Animation including After Effects, Animate CC and Blender. We also offer courses at different levels in Photoshop to enhance your practice. You can find out more by entering 'Animation' in the search box on our website. Alternatively feel free to contact the department on to discuss options with our friendly subject specialists.

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