Mermaid

Hello everyone!
In this tutorial, we will animate a picture of a girl-hands.

Mermaid

Attention, experiment!
A detailed description of the drawing process using Photoshop tools I will not do. Since this is a lesson for users who know the basics of the program and the main task here is to create animation. In addition, I met the idea that the lessons will be enough for the lessons with a step-by-step description of each action … .. I will explain WHAT to do and for WHAT. HOW to do it, you decide!

Well, let’s try a lesson of such a plan! ))))
In any case, if you have questions – please contact! Successes in implementation!
So let’s get started!
The size of the original image is large enough for the animation and I will reduce it, but after a while.
For starters, we will work on a good quality source.

What will our animation look like?
It will be an imitation of the movement of water (floating bubbles, fluffed hair) and a lively girl (who will blink eyes).

What do I need to do?
At the first stage, gently (using the stamp tool Clone Stamp Tool) remove the bubbles.
We will draw them even better later)))

Then, prepare frames for eye animation.
Eyes will be closed in several stages: open eyes, half-closed, closed, half-closed, open.

Open eyes are already there and you need to make two more layers: half-closed and closed eyes.
Using the brush tools (Brush Tool), Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool) and Feather (Pen Tool) draw on the New layer half-closed eyes, on the other New layer – Closed.

I will not dwell on a detailed description of the action, see the screenshot.
Enlarge the image and get down to work.

As a result, we got three Layer: the basis (without bubbles), half-closed and closed eyes.
Now let’s do the preparation of the animation of hair moving in water.
Copy the base layer several times (I made 4 copies) and process each layer with a Plastic filter (Filter-Liquity). More often, I used the Shift tool (Forwald Warp Tool) with varying degrees of pressure and the diameter of the brush.

The arrows in the screenshot show the direction of hair movement.
Make sure that the boundaries of the girl’s face and body do not “leave”))))) this happens when you get carried away.

Now we will draw bubbles that float in the water.
For this you can use brushes from our website.
On the New layer we distribute bubbles, at our discretion.

In the Brush settings I used: Shape Dynamics, Scattering Color Dynamics (I changed the size, color of the bubbles, scattered them in space). Colors for mixing took from the light parts of the picture.
Examples of my settings:

Try it your way, maybe you will be more interesting! )))
It is better to duplicate the layer with bubbles several times and merge it into one — it will be better seen.
Copy the resulting layer.
The first, of the two, is lowered down, the second is raised up so that the layers border each other. Merge layers with bubbles into one.

Using the eraser (Eraser Tool) I have reduced the transparency of bubbles in some places for a more real impression.
Add Layer Shadow Layer Style for Layer (Layer- Layer Style- Drop Shadow).
An example of my settings:

Next, create separate layer of style shadow (RMB on layer style – Create layer – Create Layer).
You can play with the opacity of the layer Shadow from the bubbles.

Add to the Shadow layer Layer mask, hiding the water around the girl (do it in any way convenient for you: brushing on a layer mask; creating a selection and creating a layer mask on its basis, etc.).

We do this so that the shadow of the bubbles falls only on the mermaid and is absent in the water column.
And then we remove the adhesion between the layer and the mask (the chain button between them). For what it is needed: the mask remains in place, and the bubbles float.

Layers Bubbles and Shadow It is more convenient to combine into a group, but DO NOT merge into one – the whole effect will disappear.
In the end, I got:
– the main layer (with the image of a girl – without bubbles),
– 4 layers with changing hair shape (Hair 1 … 4),
– eyes – 2 layers (half-closed and closed),
– Bubbles group.

Here you go! Now everything is ready for animation!

Open the Animation palette (Window-Animation, Window-Animation) or go in Image Ready.
In the animation palette, for the first frame, we move the Bubble Group so that its upper border approaches the top edge of the document. Bubbles need to swim up.

We don’t touch the frame time, we’ll work with this later.
Make a copy of the first frame (button at the bottom of the animation panel: Copy of the selected frame, Duplicates selected frames) and drag the group with the bubbles up – through the entire document (until the lower border of the group coincides with the lower edge of the document).

On the second frame, press the button Create a series of frames (Tweens animation frames) and in the drop-down box set the number of frames equal to 7.

The last (9) frame we delete. In order to succeed continuous bubble movement.
Can check by clicking the button Plays animation )))

Why exactly seven frames? I explain: to create the movement of hair, we need eight frames. Two we already had and one we delete: 2 + 7 = 9, 9-1 =eight. Exactly what is needed.
When creating animations with the movement of several objects, the number of frames and the script are better thought out in advance. Of course, in the course of work, something may change, but you will obviously save time, and you won’t get confused in the script))))

We made the basis of our animation – the movement of bubbles.
Now distribute all the remaining layers of these eight frames and set the time.

Frame time:

one Hair core layer (which is no say) 0.3 sec
2 Hair base layer, Hair1 0.3 sec
3 Hair base coat, Hair2 0.3 sec
four Hair base layer, eyes half-closed 0.2 sec
five Hair core layer, Hair2, Eyes closed 0.2 sec
6 Hair base layer, Hair3, Eyes half-closed 0.2 sec
7 Hair base layer 0.3 sec
eight Hair base coat, Hair4 0.3 sec

The bubble group remains visible in each frame.
I also left the main layer of Hair visible, as distortions by the Plastic filter can cause a shift in the boundaries of the layer and in the cartoon will flicker white pieces along the edges.

Well, that’s all ready! Reduce the document (Image-Size Images, Image-Image Size) and save as __. GIF (File-Save for Web, File-Save for WebDevices ).
But PSD file, it is better to keep the original size)))
The result of our hard work:

Thanks to the author of the picture for the portrait of a mermaid used in this lesson)))) !!!!!

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