How to Edit Animation Frames in Photoshop CS3

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How to Edit Animation Frames in Photoshop CS3
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For Adobe Photoshop CS3 beginners, using the animation features can be difficult, especially if the animation window is not open by default. In addition, the animation window can be difficult to navigate because of its elusive menu and no clear instructions on how to create new frames. But, with a little practice, you can learn how to edit animation frames in Photoshop CS3 to create your very own animation.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop CS3. Click "File" on the top navigation menu, and then click "New" from the drop-down menu to open the new document creation window. Create a 250-pixel square document by typing "250" in the "height" and "width" fields and selecting "pixels" from the drop-down menu to the right of each field. Press the "OK" button to create the new image.

  2. 2

    Click "Window" in the top navigation menu and select "Animation" to open up the animation menu in your workspace. Click on the custom shape tool in the left-hand navigation menu and create a shape in the work area. Click the drop-down menu in the animation navigation window (a small icon in the upper right-hand corner of the animation navigation window in the shape of a tiny, downward-pointing triangle and three parallel lines beside it). Click "New Frame" from the drop-down menu. This will create a new frame for your animation, which will be preselected for you.

  3. 3

    Move the shape around on your image five pixels to the right by clicking on the shape layer in the layer navigation menu and then pressing the right arrow key on your keyboard five times. Select the first frame in the animation navigation window. Click on the second frame to see the difference in animation. Click the downward-pointing triangle at the bottom of the first frame and change the time of the frame to 2.0 seconds.

  4. 4

    Click on the second frame and click the drop-down menu in the animation navigation window. Click on the "Copy Frame" option to create a copy of the second frame. Click the drop-down menu in the animation navigation window and click "Paste Frame" to open the "Paste Frames" window. Click the radio bullet to the left of "Paste After Selection," and then click "OK" to paste the new frame.

  5. 5

    Delete the third frame by clicking on the dustbin icon at the bottom of the animation navigation window. Press "OK" when asked, "Delete the frame?" Duplicate the second frame again by selecting the "Duplicates selected frames" icon from the bottom of the animation navigation window. This will create the third frame again. Group the second and third frames by pressing and holding the "Ctrl" key and clicking on the second frame. Duplicate the selected frames by clicking on the "Duplicates selected frames" icon. Press and hold the "Ctrl" key and click on the second and third frames. Press the dustbin icon to delete all four frames. Press "OK" to confirm the deletion.

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