In this tutorial I'm showing you one method for creating a moving slideshow over a still photo of a computer screen. I use this method to share the brand identity designs I've created quite often on Instagram and always get questions about how I made them, so I'm sharing one method with you today.
I'll be using both InDesign and Photoshop for this, similar to previous GIFs and video tutorials I've made. I'll be making my still frames in InDesign and then stringing them together into a video file in Photoshop.
Ready? Let's dive in! Watch the video above for the full tutorial and then you can refer back to the action steps below.
Open up Indesign and create a new document for Web at 2000 x 2000 px. Just open one page for now, we'll duplicate our page/artboard after.
Find a photograph you want to use as your background, so a photo of a computer screen, laptop screen, or you could even try a phone or tablet screen. Unsplash is a great website to find free, high quality photos that are available to download for commercial use. It's ok if your computer screen image is slightly at an angle, but make sure there is nothing covering any part of the screen in the photo.
Download your photo and drop it into your InDesign file!
Position your photo so you're happy with where the screen sits on your page. Now you'll need to draw a rectangular box over your photo, this is to block out what's already on the screen. Once you've drawn a rectangle, you can use the direct selection tool to select one corner at a time and move it so it fits nicely in to each of the corners of the screen on your photo. Play around with this until your rectangular box covers up whatever was on the screen behind it.
Now you can add your design into, or on top of your rectangular box. Make the box any colour you like and place your design on top, or drag and drop a design or another photo into the box and reposition it as necessary. Now you have the first frame of your video!
Duplicate your page as many times as you like and change the design on each screen. Once you have all your different designs just export all your pages as png files.
Open Photoshop and before you create a document go to File > Scripts > Load files into stack.
'Browse' to choose all the still frames you just made, click open, and 'ok'.
Now make sure your Timeline panel is open (go to Window > Timeline). Now click 'Create frame animation' on the timeline, then click the tiny hamburger menu in the top right corner of the timeline section and choose 'Make frames from layers'.
Make sure the little drop down at the very bottom of the timeline says 'forever' so that if you export it as a GIF file, it will loop continuously.
Drag and drop your frames on the timeline to rearrange them as you wish. On each frame choose 1 second by clicking the tiny dropdown under each thumbnail.
Now when you press play at the bottom of the timeline you'll see your animation play. This means you're done and it's time to export!
To export the files as a GIF go to File > Export > Save for Web. Choose GIF from the drop down in the second box down on the right and then 'Save' at the bottom and choose where you want to save your file.
If you want to upload your animation to your Instagram feed you'll need to export it as a video. This is easy! Go to File > Export > Render Video. Select the folder you want to save in and click 'Render'.
You're all done - Share your creation with the world!
Let me know how you get on with this and please do tag me on Instagram @lemonandbirch so I can see your wonderful creations!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble or to tell me what you would like to learn next!
Who am I?
Hello you! I'm Meg, a self-taught designer from Wales in the UK.
Back in 2014 I was working an admin job and hoping there was more to life. I decided enough was enough and in a few short years I talked my way into a graphic design role with no prior experience (just a serious work ethic!), went on to work freelance at design agencies, and later, set up my own business - Lemon & Birch.
I've always forged my own path and I'm here to make things just that little bit easier for you.