Photoshop Frame Animation - Background Graphics

Photoshop Frame Animation - Background Graphics
In this Illustrator tutorial, we will create the background graphics for our animation. The background graphic will be an 1080 by 1080 pixel square containing horizontal stripes and the second graphic will contain stars splatter over the canvas. We are using the 1080 by 1080 pixel size for our animation because it is a common size for social media, such as Instagram®. However, you can use a different image size, depending on the purpose of your project. I am creating the graphics in Illustrator® but you can use Photoshop® or another graphics program.

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Open Illustrator and start with a 1080 x 1080 pixel canvas size. We will be drawing horizontal panels of different colors. The color scheme is from

  1. Open Illustrator and click the New File button on the left.

  2. In the Preset Details section on the right, set the following values and click Create (see screenshot).

  3. Width: 1080 pixels
    Height: 1080 pixels
    Portrait Orientation
    Artboards: 1
    Bleed: zero
    Color Mode: RGB Color
    Raster Effects: Screen 72 ppi
    Preview Mode: Default

  4. On the empty canvas, draw the first panel that should be 1080 pixels wide and 100 pixels high. Set the Stroke to null and the Fill color to d8e2dc (see screenshot).

  5. Select the panel and hold down the Option key. Drag to duplicate the panel and place it above the first panel. Set the Fill color to fec5bb.

  6. Repeat the previous step for eight more panels, setting the Stroke to Null and the Fill colors to the following.

  7. Panel 3 - fcd5ce
    Panel 4 - fae1dd
    Panel 5 - f8edeb
    Panel 6 - d8e2dc
    Panel 7 - ede4db
    Panel 8 - ffe5d9
    Panel 9 - ffd6ba
    Panel 10 - d8e2dc

    We need to spread the ten panels evenly vertically over the canvas.

  8. For each panel, select the panel and set the X value to zero in the Properties panel. This will place the panels at the left edge of the canvas.

  9. The top and bottom panels should be at the top and bottom of the canvas.

  10. Select all ten panels together. Open the Align panel and click the Vertically Distribute Bottom option, which will distribute the panels evenly from the bottom panel upward (see screenshot).

  11. You should have a thin empty space between each panel.

  12. All layers should be inside the top layer (the group layer). Rename this layer background.

  13. Click File - Save and save the file in the default .ai format. Name the file background.

  14. Now we will create the stars graphic. We will draw several stars on a transparent background.

    Start another new document that is 1080 x 1080 pixels.

  15. With the Star shape tool, draw several stars, of varying sizes, over the canvas.

  16. For each star, set the Stroke to Null and the Fill to one of the colors below.

  17. ffa79a

    When you are finished, name the group layer to stars (see screenshot).

  18. Save the file as stars and in the default .ai format.

In the next tutorial, we will begin building the animation project in Photoshop.

Index - Photoshop Frame Animation

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