Creating Motion in Stills: How to Animate a Photo in Post (Part 2)

A couple of months ago, The Creators Project and post-processing guru Joe Fellows teamed up to show you how to turn stills into ‘2.5D’ animated sequences. The tutorial was very popular on PetaPixel, but it left some with as many questions as answers, and so the duo are at it again, creating a part 2 that addresses the most common concerns.

If you intend to bring your photos to life using the parallax effect, you should still start by watching the first video before diving into this more detailed explanation. Go ahead… we’ll wait…

Alright, now that you’ve done that, this second video will make a bit more sense. In it, Fellows doles out many tips and tricks that will help make your final 2.5D creation look as professional as his:

Parts that were glossed over fairly quickly in the first video — such as how exactly to fill in the background — are covered in more depth; as are specific details such as how to make the balls seem like they’re spinning, and move the ball and paddle shadow across the t-shirt.

Check out the video at the top to get all of these questions and more answered by the graphics artist himself, and then give the effect a shot yourself! What better way to spend a lazy Sunday than by turning one of those mundane holiday photos into something really cool?

P.S. Fellows also shared two of his favorite parallax animations with The Creators Project. Here are those videos:

  • Alan Klughammer

    Auto play videos are annoying…

  • DLCade

    It shouldn’t be autoplaying… are you referring to the main video at the top?

  • Alan Klughammer

    Not the main video, but the two lower videos. I have noticed that recently, many Vimeo videos are autoplaying, and not just on Petapixel. Youtube seems to be fine…

  • DLCade

    That’s strange, it’s not autoplaying on any of our computers or browsers. We’ll keep an eye on the embed code and make sure nothing slips through. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

  • Sasuke

    FWIW: It’s not auto-playing in my browser (Firefox) :)

  • Guest

    Looks like a plugin or extension of your browser is playing it.

  • SJ Fotography

    Looks like a plugin or extension installed in your browser is playing it. Try a different browser.

  • Alan Klughammer

    Thanks for looking into this. I guess I will have to do some research on my own…

  • Alan Klughammer

    I think it was an HTML 5 plugin. Once I disabled that things went back to normal…