Stop Motion Effect


For this project, you'll take an image or two and reveal parts of it over time to create a GIF. You can use whatever image you'd like. The goal is to learn how to do it and to try it out. You don't have to worry about copyright, but you may find it easier to use your own photos for this project.


  • Submit 1 GIF you created from image(s) using the technique explained in the video below.


Install Photoshop on your computer if you don't have it already. You get it for free with your student emails while we're schooling at home.

  1. Go to Adobe's Creative Cloud Website HERE
  2. Sign in with your student email and password.
  3. Once in, you can download and install the software shown. You need Photoshop for this project, but you can install any of the available programs to try out.


There are 2 ways to do this project: have a before and after image OR have one image with a solid color background, ideally white. Tips:

  • It's easiest to get a before & after image by taking it yourself. You'd need to set your camera in a steady position to take a before and after photo without moving the camera.
  • Another option to consider is finding an image with a solid white background, like the image to the right. If you use an image with a solid color background, you just need to create a layer on the bottom that is completely filled in with that color.
  • If you want to use the image to the right, you can! Click here to download it from Pixabay.


Now, you just need to follow the tutorial! Click the link below for the full tutorial. The last step took you through the first part of the tutorial.

Note: if you ever can't find a window or panel you're looking for, go to the top of the screen, click Window, then whichever panel you're looking for, such as Layers.

Also: if you get stuck, you should try googling what you're stuck on. There are soooooo many Photoshop guides - if this one is confusing to you, use Google as your personal guide! You can also contact me, obviously. Google will just be faster.


When you're working in Photoshop, the app will want to save the file as a Photoshop file or the same type of file. You'll need to submit your file as a PNG file. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to File > Save As...
  2. Under Format, choose GIF
  3. Make sure you're saving it in the folder you want
  4. Click Save
  5. Choose Large file size
  6. Click OK


To submit your work:

  1. Open the week's assignment in Google Classroom
  2. Click the Add or create button on the upper right-hand side
  3. Choose File
  4. Find the saved GIF image on your computer. You just need to submit 1 GIF.
  5. Lastly, click Turn in!