Create an animated glitch effect in Photoshop

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Along with the fashion style of the 80s, the effect of interferences has also gained popularity over the past few years. It is used in stock photos, text effects and, of course, in videos.

In this tutorial we will create an animated RGB noise effect in Adobe Photoshop. I advise you to study the various templates for photos on GraphicRiver, to better understand how this effect works.

1. Turn layers into smart objects.

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 450 x 700 pixels. It is very important to install Color Mode (Color Mode) to RGB.

Step 2

In this lesson we will use a free photo of a woman with a flower from Pixabay. Copy and paste it on the working paper. If necessary, adjust the scale of the photo (Ctrl + T) so that it fits into the size of the document.

Step 3

Name the layer “photo”. Click on it with the right mouse button and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object). It is very important to convert the photo into a smart object in order to maintain quality and simplify editing. In the layers panel, the smart object is marked with a black and white icon in the lower right corner of the layer thumbnail.

  • If you have never worked with smart objects, I advise you to read a small lesson on our website:? What you need to know about smart objects

2. Preparing for animation

Step 1

In the course of work we will use a large number of layers, so take it a rule to keep the layers panel in order and group the layers. Add a new group by clicking on the button in the form of a folder at the bottom of the layers panel, and call it “Noise Effect”. Here we will create the first frame. Inside the group, add a subgroup and call it “1”.

Step 2

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the “photo” smart object and transfer the copy to the “1” group.

Step 3

Next, we need to use the overlay options to disable certain channels. Double click on the copy of the smart object to open the window Layer Style (Layer style). Uncheck channels G and B. Click OK and rename the layer to “R” (channel name Red (Red)).

Step 4

There are currently no visible changes. Double duplicate (Ctrl + J) the resulting layer. For the first copy, switch the channel to G (channel Green (Green)), and for the second – to B (channel Blue (Blue)). Also, do not forget to give the corresponding names to duplicates.

Step 5

So what has changed? The image consists of three primary colors or channels and, mixing with each other, they form shades that we see on the screen. Below you can see the result only with the red channel turned on (“R” layer).

But this effect is obtained if you turn on the visibility of the original layer. In this case, we see all three channels, which in general give us a familiar picture.

Step 6

Next, apply the filter to the layer with the red channel. Filter – Distort – Wave (Filter – Distortion – Wave). Use a small value for the parameter. Number of Generators (Number of generators), for example, 5. The result obtained should not be too distorted. Thanks to the smart object, the filter will turn into a smart filter, which at any time you can delete, hide or change the settings. This is one of the advantages of using smart objects.

Step 7

Apply filter Wave (Wave) to the other layers with channels. By the way, to quickly apply the last used filter, use the key combination Ctrl + F. If you first want to change the parameters, then use the Ctrl + Alt + F combination. In the opened filter dialog box Wave (Wave) push button Randomize (Randomize) to make this result different from the previous one.

Step 8

Apply filter to the remaining channel. Blue (Blue).

Step 9

We need more distortion, so we duplicate all three layers. To do this, hold down the Alt key and left-click dragging layers on the layers panel, or simply use the Ctrl + J combination.

Step 10

To make the result more varied, we will change the filter settings. To do this, double click on the name of the smart filter on the layers panel. In the dialog box Wave (Wave) change the desired parameters. Or you can try another filter from the category. Distortion (Distortion) for example Shear (Curvature).

Step 11

Hold down the Alt key and press the button Add Layer Mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel to add a black mask to the layer with the channel. Repeat actions for all channels.

Step 12

For the next frame we need more layers. Duplicate the group “1” and call the copies “2”, “3”, “4” and “5”.

Step 13

We will begin to add interference directly. Hit the D key to reset the colors to black and white. Using Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular selection) create a rectangular selection in the mouth area. Then press Ctrl + Delete to fill the selection with white and restore part of the red channel.

Step 14

Repeat actions for all channels in all groups. To simultaneously create multiple selections, while working with Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular selection) hold down the Shift key. As in the previous step, fill the selection with white.

3. Add TV lines

Step 1

In this section, we will add a slight effect to the lines that is present on old video tapes. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with a size of 5 x 3 pixels.

Step 2

Add a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). The top of the document is filled with black. We do not need the background layer, so we hide it by clicking on the eye icon opposite the name, or delete it.

Step 3

Select the entire working canvas (Ctrl + A). Move on Edit – Define Pattern (Editing – Define the pattern), in the window that appears, enter the appropriate name and save the new pattern. We no longer need the current document, so we close it without saving and go to the main document.

Step 4

Add a new layer and call it “tv-lines”. Then go Edit – Fill (Edit – Run Fill). In the window that appears Contents (Content) install on Pattern (Pattern) and select the pattern created above.

Step 5

To reduce the intensity of the effect, we set Opacity (opacity) layer with lines at 40%.

Step 6

Next, add a vignette effect. Create a new layer and use a very black soft brush (B) to darken the corners of the document. Reduce the opacity of the layer to make the effect softer.

Step 7

Add a new layer and put colored spots on the edges of the working canvas.

Step 8

If you wish, you can turn off some channels on a layer with colored spots to get a more interesting effect.

4. Create a frame animation

Step 1

From this step we will begin to animate the layers. Open the panel Window – Timeline (Window – Timeline) and click on the button Create Frame Animation (Create frame animation).

Step 2

Now we are on the first frame of the animation. In the main group “Effect of interference” we hide everything except the subgroup “1”. This will be the first frame. On the timeline, set the frame duration to 0.1 second, and Loop (Cycle) – on Forever (Constantly).

Step 3

Add the second frame, for which we hide the group “1” and turn on the visibility of the group “2”. For the third frame, we include the visibility of only group “3”.

Step 4

We can continue to duplicate the layers to add more than five frames of animation, but this will significantly increase the file size with the finished animation. However, we can add a sixth frame using various combinations of layers already available.

Step 5

We continue to add new frames. To test the animation, click on the button. Play (Play) at the bottom of the timeline.

5. Save the animation in GIF format.

To save the animation, press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S. In the window that opens Save for Web (Save for web) set the file type to gif. At the moment it is the only adequate format that supports animation. However, GIF has a limit on the number of colors, and as a result, the picture may turn out to be a bit pixel. To improve the quality, you can increase the number of colors used, for example, to 256 and in the drop-down menu Dithering (Dithering) choose Diffusion (Random). When finished, click on the button Save (Save).

You can see the result of the animation as a video.

6. Editing the contents of the smart object

Step 1

In this lesson, we worked with a smart object and its copies that are absolutely identical to each other. We just need to edit one of these smart objects so that the changes are automatically reflected in all duplicates. To do this, we double-click on the original smart object, which is located at the beginning of the layers panel. However, we can use any smart object, since they are all connected, it’s just the easiest to get to the original one, because it is not hidden in a group.

Step 2

The contents of the smart object will open in a separate window.

Step 3

Let’s try animation with a different photo from the Pixabay site (a man with a tablet). Drag it to the document with the smart object. After adjusting the photo scale, press Enter and save the document (Ctrl + S).

Step 4

Close the document with the smart object and return to the original file with the animation. As you can see, the content has automatically changed.

Step 5

Save the new animation in GIF format.

And we look at the result of the work:

As you can see, all the steps are simple enough and do not require a serious and lengthy study of Photoshop, and the result looks neat and beautiful. I hope you, like me, have learned from the lesson new techniques and methods of work.

I would love to look at your work, so do not forget to share the animation in the comments below. Thanks for attention!

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