Making a Cinemagraph

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Lots of photography opportunities in these vacation times. Not so much time to complete my assignments though.

But today I decided to do a cinemagraph for the first time. A cinemagraph, for those unfamiliar with the term, is an image with moving parts. Optimally, it should be rather seamless.

I have my very first one down here (you need to click it to see it). I must admit it wasn’t an optimal scene because a flag blowing backwards in breeze is very odd looking. I’ll explain.



In order to create a cinemagraph you must complete the following steps:

  1. You must select a video where you have a short part where there is movement which is connected to only non-moving parts. In my case the water would be non moving and there weren’t really any trees or other moving parts connected to the flag.
  2. Import into Photoshop. Make a copy of the video layer and rasterize it. This will create a static image above the movie.
  3. Put a layer mask on the static image. The layer mask should reveal the underlying layer only where the moving part you want to have visible is.
  4. Once this is completed render the video and save it.
  5. Import the video as video frames to layers.
  6. Copy all the layers.
  7. Revers the layers and paste in the copied layers after the set.
  8. Export out as a GIF using “Save for Web”

Now you should have a reasonable cinemagraph. I’ll definitely try this again!

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