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:
- 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.
- Import into Photoshop. Make a copy of the video layer and rasterize it. This will create a static image above the movie.
- 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.
- Once this is completed render the video and save it.
- Import the video as video frames to layers.
- Copy all the layers.
- Revers the layers and paste in the copied layers after the set.
- Export out as a GIF using “Save for Web”
Now you should have a reasonable cinemagraph. I’ll definitely try this again!