How to Animate in Adobe Photoshop

When I first got into animation, I turned to YouTube for guidance. Many people recommended Krita Animation as an easy beginner program that is also free. However, Krita and Photoshop can be overwhelming and complicated at first. But the more you use them, the easier they become to understand. I’ll do my best to explain the process in simple terms.

To start, click on the “Windows” tab at the top of the page where you see “File,” “Edit,” and so on. In the menu that appears, select “Timeline” and choose “Video Timeline.” If the first thing that appears is blue, you’re good to go. If not, go to “Edit” and select “New Video Layer,” which should turn it blue.

To animate, turn on onion skins and begin drawing on your first layer. Then, press the right arrow key to create a new layer with a faded image of your previous one. Keep drawing and pressing the right arrow key to create a flipbook-style animation.

Check out the video below for a more detailed explanation and instructions on saving your animation. Thanks for watching and subscribing!

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