I got home and reviewed my content. Not bad. I read a few tutorials on how to create cinemagraphs and got to work.
I opened Photoshop and found those few valuable seconds. I then found the place I wanted to create my still and isolated that on a layer.
The file size was pretty large, so I converted the image to greyscale, then to a duotone. I used a burnt orange color to give the shot an old sepia look.
I masked the animation layers to show movement, then saved the file.
It was a pretty easy process. The trouble came from trying to load the image to Facebook. Facebook didn’t allow me to load the .gif file. I had to link it.
And here’s what I came up with:
First attempt. not bad. I wanna try this again with my daughter jumping into a huge rain puddle. It’s a cool visual. I definitely learned some things from the process. For starters, don’t have objects that are supposed to move overlap the parts of the image that are still. That’ll cause a masking nightmare. Secondly, don’t post Photoshop cinemagraphs on Facebook unless you link to an external source.
For now, I am enjoying my triumph over a new concept and looking for cool ways to push the medium.
Waiting for that rainy day and a huge puddle!