Task 3 part 2 – Here comes the Eggs!

Task 3 part 2

2) Create a short experimental sequence using a still camera, smartphone, or video camera which explores the technique of ‘stop-motion’ animation and/ or pixilation (animation of humans).

To start with I took a range of 59 photographs, moving the objects very slightly each time. I then used the same method as before through Photoshop to create a simple story with the use of food (ignoring the fact I was always told not to play with my food). Like I said it is very basic but not bad for a first attempt. I would like to maybe develop this GIF and include some sound and even some narration. So far the basic story line is a damsel in distress (Girl egg) who is saved by a hero (Boy egg) who live happily ever after.

Here was the outcome, Enjoy!


Task 3- part 1

The task
1) Starting from the very basics of film production technology you are invited to explore the first principles of motion picture creation and use drawing to generate a simple animated sequence. 

This is my first experimentation using Photoshop and the animation process to create my own GIF, it obviously does need a lot of work but I have managed to show a cycle in the form of a face appearing and the expression shown. This was made by using 12 photographs of the pictures I had drawn with a 1 second space between each photograph.

This method can link with my research into the Zoetrope that by definition is;

a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.”

My Outcomes



I also tried to create a character that I might explore more at a later date, this is shown below.

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Animation through Photoshop

Today I learnt the basics in the first stage of producing forms on Animation. To do this I used Photoshop and carried out the following steps-

1.Make sure Photoshop is set on the ‘timeline’ setting.

2. Search for a ‘Sprite sheet’ in your search engine, then chose your desired pictures and open it into Photoshop.


3. Using the Marquee tool split up the photograph into the stages you want and create a new layer.

4. Organise your photographs in a sequence and the duplicate them if needed.

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5. Create a frame and then hit make frame from layers.

6. Press play and keep moving them about until it makes sense!

7. Finally add a background to your frames and save your file as a ‘GIF’

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This was my outcome!


Task 2- Joiner

The following photograph is highly based on my research into David Hockney and the use of cubism. I have used 11 separate photographs of a kettle to try and rebuild what sort of resembles the original object.

I don’t think I have quiet mastered the right skills to create the desired affect; using Photoshop I layered the photographs using basic transformations to try and make the photographs fit together.

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Alphabet- the outcome.

After collecting a selection of photographs representing nature in what I thought portrayed certain alphabet letters this was my outcome. I used Photoshop to create this poster like format and cropped down a few images to show the best part of the photograph.

What went well with this task was actually finding a place and theme I liked pretty much straight away with the help of some research into historical and more recent aspects. I think I did well to explore different angles and took into account the idea of the rule of three.

If I could undertake this task again I would be sure to make sure all of my photographs were in focus, if I had longer to complete this task I would have liked to got my photographs over a number of seasons so I could represent the change in nature. I would also have probably worked with a partner if I could so the work could be split, overall though I am pleased with my outcome.

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New Photoshop skills

Today i have learnt an affective way of making all my images align using photoshop, which will be useful when composing my alphabet letters. To do this i had to select all my images and then select the align tool, moving them to the desired destination of my page. I also learnt how to only change the effects of a certain part of my image by further using layer masks, then using the black paintbrush tool to colour the part of my photograph i wanted to stay the same. Both of these are more examples i can use of non destructive editing when completing my alphabet task.

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Non Destructive editing

Still working towards my photography task, today I had a workshop on how to affectively edit my photographs using elements such as creating masks and then converting the photograph into a smart object so that if I make any mistakes while cropping my photographs it is easy to go back some steps. Furthermore I was also introduced to a new programme know as Bridge, which is a faster and more affective way to quickly edit photographs.

Below is just a screen shot of the practice task I did using Photoshop, demonstrating some of the skills I learnt which will come in handy when editing my alphabet photographs in a non destructive way.

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