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How to Make a Flip Book in Photoshop

Updated March 23, 2017

Flip books are one of the earliest forms of animation. With a flip book, each image is on a page, and as the viewer flips the pages, the images appear to move. Normally, people will simply draw the shapes out on each page. However, you can also use Photoshop to create these pages and then print them. The advantage is that you can more easily ensure that images flow smoothly.

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  1. Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "New." In the dialogue that appears, enter the width and height you want for the pages and set the resolution to 300dpi.

  2. Use the "Brush" tool to draw a stick figure on the canvas. Click on the "New Layer" button at the bottom of the "Layers" panel.

  3. Use the "Paint Bucket" tool to fill the new layer with white. Reduce the "Layer Opacity" to 50 per cent so you can see the figure underneath.

  4. Draw a new version of the stick figure on the new layer, adjusting its position slightly so it has moved just a bit relative to the version below. Then return the "Opacity" to 100 per cent.

  5. Repeat steps 3-4 to add all the pages you want for your flip book. Then hide all the layers by clicking on the eye next to them.

  6. Unhide the bottom layer and print the first page of your flip book on card stock paper. Hide that layer and unhide the next one and print it as well. Continue this process until you have printing all your pages. You can then bind them using a spiral binder.

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Things You'll Need

  • Any version of Photoshop

About the Author

Carol Adams has been writing since 2009. She writes about graphics, 3D and video software for various websites. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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