People are lookingforwars to video content. Cinemagraph is a unique tableau with meticulously added cinematic effects. It is truly a revolution among revolutions. Hope you have read about the popularity and potential of cinemagraphs in email in our previous post. Monks take you a step ahead now with insights on how to create a cinemagraph.
An idea is the first step to creating a cinemagraph. Look around for an idea and craft a plan. Choose your subject and the action that you want to capture in the video. Figure out the parts that should move and the parts that should remain still. Make sure you keep minimum movement in the cinemagraph and maintain its finesse. An idea gives way to another idea. Here are some that can inspire you for more.
Once you have zeroed down on an idea, go ahead and record the video. The primary requirement for recording a good video is having sufficient light. If you shoot out in the open, you will easily get good lighting. Keep the recording stable with the help of a tripod. While you are recording the video, your subject should have the least possible movement. You should record your video for 10 to 15 seconds to ensure that you can have a working space in the video with steady movements in the subject.
Import and clip
Import the video to Photoshop by choosing video frames to layers in the import option of file menu. Make sure you import only the necessary part of the video. You will see a dialog box that lets you clip the video. This is an important step because it allows you to cut down the number of video frames to work on. It will give you an option to limit the video frames too, but it is advisable that you do not limit the frame rate if you want enough frames to work on. You should be able to see the Timeline when you choose timeline in the Window menu. However, make sure that you do not mix it up with the video timeline of photoshop. After the video is imported, all the imported frames in your Timeline will be visible to you at the bottom of the photoshop window. Go to the timeline and select the speed at which you want your video to play and make the right choice according to the kind of cinemagraph you wish to create. It should neither be too slow nor too fast. To create an infinite loop, set the imeline to repeat forever. The next step is to play the video in photoshop and delete the frames other than the ones you wish to show.
Assuming that you have a video just the way you wanted it to be, do proceed to creating a cinemagraph. You will need a layer to mask the layers on each frame and cover up all the areas except the one where you need movement. Choose the first frame in your Timeline, and in the Layers panel, duplicate the layer that you can see in the frame. Bring it up above all the remaining layers ensuring that it is visible. This is known as layer mask. You can rename it the way you want. At this point of time, your video will not show any movement as the mask has covered it. This implies that you have frozen your video. To create a cinemagraph, all you need to do is unfreeze the area.
Go to the layer panel and select the mask layer. At the bottom of the panel, you will be able to see add layer mask icon. Just select the new white mask layer, and not the image layer. Start to paint the areas where you wish to see movement. Use brush tool rather than the Eraser tool. Contrary to using Eraser, you can easily edit masks if you have masked a wrong area by mistake. Determine whether you want to reverse and after you are done with masking, you should decide whether you want to reverse the cinemagraph. If you decide to reverse the cinemagraph, you can select the frames in your timeline and then reverse them after duplicating the frames.
Go to File menu and choose the save for web option to export the final cinemagraph. There are several options in the dialog box out of which the most important one is to save your file in gif format. Before saving, resize the image so that it performs well on your website or blog from the Image Size option. In case you are unable to resize the image to an optimum level, you can even do so with the help of online gif resizing tools. You can preview the gif in the dialog box and click save only after you feel content with your creation.