Create Animated Gif in Photoshop CS6




If your images are set out in a contact sheet as below, You need to do the following.

Add contact sheet into photoshop and select the marque tool in the left hand panel.

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Once you have selected the marque you need to select the first and drag a box around the image as below.

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Once you have done this you need to click into edit then copy.

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Once you have created a copy you then need to create a new file as below.

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A dilog box will then open up, give your animation a title and click OK.

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you will know have a new blank file as below.

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click edit / paste and this will give you a single frame.

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You know should have a layer in bottom right corner as below.

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go back to to your original file by clicking into top left corner.

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Hover your mouse over the first frame and left click and drag the selection into the 2 frame.

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You then need to repeat the process edit – copy click back into new file and then edit paste. This will have created another layer as below.

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Repeat this process for all the frames from your contact sheet.

Once you have done this you should have (in this case) 12 layers as below.

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you then need to drag the background layer into the waste bin.

once you have done this its a good idea to save the animation as a PSD File.

you then need to click into window and click and timeline.

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You then need to select all the layers (12 in this case) by clicking in select and All layers.

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then click create frame animation at the bottom of the page.

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On the bottom of the page there is a tiny icon button, click into that and choose Make Frames From Layers.

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All your layers should then be at the bottom of your page as below.

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Then select all the images.

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You then click into the secs drop down and change to 0.1 sec.

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This will change all the frames to 0.1sec as below.

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Change the icon box that says once to forever.

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File / Save To Web

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Book Cover – Negotiated Learning Plan


I have decided to create my book cover using the fairy tale theme of snow white. The aim for my book cover is for it to be simple and elegant. I intend to shoot artificial snowflakes on a white colourama in the studio shooting the image from above. This will give me a background and basis for my book cover so the background is not just flat and plain.

For the front page I intend to shoot a simple shot of cupped hands holding a red apple.  I will do this in the studio using a white reflector as a cut of point across the wrists. I will later manipulate the image to give it a dreamy cloudy affect. This image will sit centre on the front page with the title at the top of the page. The typography of the title will be SNOW WHITE – Harrington Font or SNOW WHITE – Monotype Corsiva Font.  My preference would be the Harrington Font.

For the back cover I intend to shoot an image of the wicked stepmother in the studio in costume. I intend to look at costume and fancy dress hire shops to find a suitable costume. The wicked stepmother will be holding an old fashioned ornate hand mirror. She will be holding this up in the air with her left hand and my aim will be to shoot the image with her reflection in the mirror. This image will sit on the bottom left hand side of the back page.  Also on the back of the cover will be book reviews and blurb about the book along with a QR code which will be redirect to my blog about the book cover was created.

On the spine of the book at the top will be a small image of the hands/apple image and the title running horizontal down the spine. On the left inside flap will be a portrait of me the author and a small bio about myself.

Once I have my final three images I intend to layer the three images in Photoshop CS6 to create my book cover.  I have yet to research how this is done as I never manipulated three images into one.


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Book Cover Research – Design/Theme/Fonts

I am looking at websites to get some design inspirations for my book cover. I have yet to decide the ”theme” of my book but being a hopeless romantic I pretty much set on the theme ”Fairy Tale” as for which one not sure yet? I want my book cover to be classy and simple and the typography and images are the key elements to achieve this. Below are some websites I have researched to stimulate my creativity for the design of my book cover.


The Good Life by Jay McInerney – Designed by John Gall–psd-6401

Another great  design I found, I think the cover on this book is unique.


The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball, design by Helen Yentus and Jason Booher (Vintage 2009)


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                 WEBSITES – THEME                                                            







Drew Gardner


Internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Drew Gardner is a pioneer in his field winning numerous awards for his creativity. Known for his ability to deliver technically and logistically complex shoots, his expert use of light and his attention to detail have earned him an enviable reputation with his clients as a photographer they can rely upon to interpret their vision. Drew started his career as a photojournalist travelling to over 40 countries photographing a wide spectrum of news events and personalities for the world’s most respected news and lifestyle magazines and newspapers. A master of reinvention, he is now best known for his big ideas and big productions working for advertising, commercial and editorial clients. He is also an educator teaching workshops and seminars around the world. His work is influenced by his experiences bringing a strong narrative and cinematic feel to his imagery. Drew has a passion for people and his craft getting the very best from any given situation.

Annie Leibovitz


Based in New York, Annie Leibovitz is best known for her portraits of political figures, musicians and athletes, all of which are featured regularly in magazines, fashion, and advertising. Many of Leibovitz’s portraits of rock music celebrities have become signature images. A notable example is her portrait of the nude John Lennon on a bed with his fully clothed wife, Yoko Ono, the last portrait of Lennon before his death in 1980.



When Hendrik Kerstens decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography in 1995, he turned to a model very near at hand: his daughter Paula. He wanted to document all the important moments in her life, to ‘be there’, to capture something of the fleeting moments that fade from memory all too quickly. the inquisitive eye of the photographer plays an important part in the process: he sets out to catch a glimpse of his subject’s secret being and tries to understand what it is he sees. he is fascinated and amazed by the fact that every human being, no matter how familiar, is ‘other’, a mystery that can never be completely unravelled. the project became known as ‘Paula pictures’, one of which went on to win the panl-award something else is going on in Kerstens photographs time and time again he uses his daughter as a model, immortalizing her, as if to stop time and oblivion not only does he picture her in relation to events in her own life, he also projects on her his fascination with the Dutch painters of the seventeenth century.


I really like the simplicity and font style of this cover. The idea of my book is to incorporate some form of snowflake as the background.

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Another simple and creative book cover of Snow White I found on the Internet. I really like how the creator as incorporated an ornate frame into the image. This book cover shows the design of the hands and the apple as I suggested in my NLP

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Another simple design depicting the wicked stepmother I really like how the cover only reveals one half of her face. I think the typography is a little busy but with such a simple cover it works

book 3


Snow Queen




Brothers Grimm

When most people think of fairy tales, they typically conjure up images of idealized Prince Charming’s and magical hair-braiding birds. However, if you’ve ever indulged a passing fancy of childhood nostalgia by picking up a copy of the Grimm brothers’ original tales, you might have been startled by the contents inside. These stories are far from the bright and shiny, happily-ever-after ones your parents read to you as a child or that you saw in classic Disney movies. They can be exceptionally dark — and as grim as their namesakes. The Grimm brothers started collecting centuries-old, German folklore in the 19th century. Their interests in philology and linguistics drew them to write down the fascinating and culturally revealing stories that, up to that time, spread chiefly through oral storytelling. In that way, you could say that the Grimm brothers didn’t set these tales down to paper for the particular purpose of entertaining children. And, although the tales themselves revolve around magical events and carry morals, many weren’t geared specifically toward children as much as they were for the Germanic culture as a whole. However, the stories became popular among children, so they were toned down for that audience.

But the original, un-bowdlerized Grimm stories still carry relevance. Not only are they fascinating peeks into the psyche of the German people of the middle ages, but certain stories actually help us make sense of mysterious and bizarre historical events.

This thought might be unsettling. Indeed, the Grimm stories are so dark that the suggestion one might carry a grain of truth is horrifying. However, in the case of the “Pied Piper of Hamelin,” this seems to be the case. Before we get into the theories and historical evidence behind the story, let’s go over the story in detail. And we wouldn’t suggest snuggling into bed and expecting to be lulled to sleep.‎


Introduction – Book Cover

Hi all as part of one of my modules at Uni I have to create and design  an illustrated digital book cover/dust jacket to fit over an actual book. This will be done using software Adobe CS6.  The layout needs to contain images (shot by myself) a title with (sympathetic typography), a self portrait and short biography about myself on inside front flap and inside rear flap, a book summary, the back cover must contain book reviews and a QR bar code that links directly to my own website.

My inspiration must come from one of the following themes, Fairy-Tales, Legends or Comic Book Hero’s.

Time to RESEARCH and get CREATIVE!

Correcting the White Balance in CS6 before import and post production

To correct the white balance of your image in raw you need to simply click into the White Balance Tool at the top of the left hand side of your pane. Your mouse will change to a small pipette. You simply choose an area of your image you think is the correct White Balance and click, this will have changed your White Balance, if your still not happy with the White Balance you can adjust the temperature slider on the right hand side panel.

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Corrected White Balance.

Corrected White Balance

You can also use the Tone Curve tool to correct different areas of the image White Balance if required.

You will find the Tone Curve on the right hand side panel.

Whit Balance Tone Curve

Once you are happy with your White Balance you are ready to Import your image (open image)

Apple Aperture 3

Operating requirements: Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later

Aperture is more of a Lightroom alternative than a Photoshop CS6 alternative, and if you’re a Mac user it might be just what you need. Aperture blends advanced features such as RAW processing, manual retouching, custom-printing elements, and tagging/organization tools with novice-friendly options such as facial recognition, geotagging, and one-click filters. Unlike Lightroom, Aperture does not offer built-in lens-distortion correction out of the box, but there are several Aperture plugins available on Apple’s site that offer that and many other features.

Earlier versions of Aperture were notoriously system-intensive, requiring a lot of processing power to run, but Aperture 3 is much improved. At $80 it’s hard to find much to complain about.