When 2 hours = 3 seconds

It is so easy to be intimidated by photoshop. You load the program, and when the screen pops up, you are overtaken by buttons and tools that have so many uses, it’s easy to confuse them.

When it came to the project the class was to do, I was a bit apprehensive. Just like everyone else, I can be overwhelmed by new things easily. The project was to take a photo and use photoshop to edit it and make it animated. When it came to doing this, I was completely lost, so I decided to look up a video on YouTube.

The video I decided on was Animate Photos in Photoshop – Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts. This video was extremely helpful in helping me with the project, because it was exactly what I wanted to do- I had an idea and I knew I had taken a photo a few months before that would fit it perfectly. So once I found the tutorial and my imagine, it was easy to get started.

Annnd I found that it was no so easy to do. I got mixed up with a few of the photoshop tools and how they work, so it took me a bit to even get started. Once I got started, I went back and forth between the video and my workspace, mimicking the steps that this online teacher (of sorts) took.

The entire process took me two hours. My finished product was 3 second long. I can honestly say that I have never spent so long doing something for such a small result; I was proud, confused and a little bit bitter all at the same time. But every time I see the little animation I made, I feel pretty happy with it. Next time I do this, I know the things I could do differently, and hopefully that will help me cut the work time in half.


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