Monthly Archives: December 2016

Review for FINAL

CDMG 1111

FALL 2016


(Check the class site for individual posts relating to topics.)

Professor Eli Neugeboren


Types of Printing

  • Relief/Woodcut – ink goes on a raised surface, image is reversed
  • Etching/Intaglio – ink goes in etched grooves, is wiped off surface, image is reversed
  • Lithography – ink goes on flat chemically treated surface, wiped off, image is reversed
  • Screenprint/Serigraphy – ink is pushed through porous screen, image is NOT reversed

Industrial Printing:

  • Offset Lithography
  • Standard for printing four color (CMYK) using digitally prepared plates.
  • Can print using a roll (WEB) or individual sheets (Sheetfed)
  • Extremely fast and cheap in large quantities
  • Can print with more than four colors – metallic, pantone, etc. inks
  • Digital Printing
  • Prints using 4-color (CMYK) process with NO plates
  • Cheaper for small-runs because lack of setup charges/no plates needed
  • Can simulate Pantone, Metallics, etc.
  • Both processes use halftones to cut down on the amount of ink used – this is to cut cost and increase quality
  • Letterpress – a type of relief printing that has seen a comeback because of it’s artisanal qualities and physical aesthetic appeal



  • What is Jake Parker talking about in his “Finished, Not Perfect” video?
  • Pricing – what are different ways you can determine what to charge?
  • Graphic Artists Guild: Handbook for Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
  • Get an agent
  • Find out what other people are charging
  • Why can you can only choose two? Cheap, Fast, or Good?



  • Can I use that picture? How do you know when it’s ok?
  • Inspiration vs Imitation vs Outright Theft
  • What is “fair use”?
  • What is the Creative Commons?


More on Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium (PBS)

Some inpsiration

Why More Illustrators are Embracing Motion Design

Thomas D’Anthony

Sachin Teng

Rebecca Mock




GIF Dance Party

Guy Brings Everyday Objects To Life

Pat Truby

Neil Dvorak

Toyim Odutola (PBS)

More Toyim (Giphy)

Other Software (Not Photoshop)

Motion Artist from Smith Micro

Cinemagraphs from Flixel


AfterEffects and more…


Bring Your Webcomic To Life (Skillshare)

Quick Animated Illustration

How to make an animated GIF from a video file:

Step 1 — Find a good video sequence with which you want to make a GIF. This can be practically anything, but try to opt for a clip that is not too long, as longer video generally leads to a larger file size.

Step 2 — Download/upload the video clip you’ve chosen to your desktop. Trim the footage down to only the length you want the GIF to play. Two or three seconds is great, five is pushing it, and 10 or more is possible with the right chopping, but the file will be massive and hard to work with.

Step 3 — Open the video with Photoshop. To do this, just navigate to File > Import > Video Frames to Layers. Select the video file you want and Photoshop will open it as a series of still frames. You can choose to import the entire video from beginning to end, or use sliders to select a smaller portion of the clip. Limiting the frames will make the file smaller, but will also make the video more choppy.

Step 4 — Mess with the settings. You can adjust color balance and whatnot with Photoshop at this point if you’d like. When you have everything looking perfect, head to File > Save for Web. You’ll then be met with a window that looks something like this:

Gif Settings in Photoshop

All of these settings can be tweaked to make your GIF smaller. Ideally, you’ll want to make it no larger than 1MB so that it won’t take ages to load on webpages. Play with all of these until you find a sweet spot.

  • Colors: This limits the number of colors used to create the image, so the higher the better. Only drop down to 128 or lower if you must, or if your GIF doesn’t have much color to begin with
  • Dither: Dithering scatters different colored pixels in an image to make it appear as though there are intermediate colors in images with a limited color palette. Higher settings will yield better looking images, but will also make the file larger
  • Lossy: Use this setting to apply an intentional drop in quality. A lower setting is better, but some loss of quality might be necessary to make your file small enough
  • Size: Changing the dimensions of your GIF can have a huge impact on the size of the file

Step 5 — Save and share! Hit the save button to finalize your creation and save it to your folder of choice. Once that is done, you can upload it to a free image hosting site like Imgur to share it with your friends and embed it into blogs and websites.

How to make an animated GIF from still images:

Step 1 — Collect the still images that you want to sequence for your GIF and put them in a single folder. Then open File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. From there, click Browse and select the images on your desktop that you want to string together into a GIF. Select “OK” and a new composition should open with these stills now rendered as individual layers in a single image. Arrange them accordingly; your first frame should occupy the very bottom layer and so forth.

You can also create each layer individually in Photoshop itself, rather than simply batch uploading your stills as layers. Run Photoshop and create a new image by clicking File > New and then selecting “OK.” Then, unlock the background layer by double-clicking the lock icon, create a new layer by opening Layer > New… > Layer and design each frame accordingly. Again, string your animation from the bottom up. This process works if you are using an older version of Photoshop that does not feature a “Load Files into Stack” option. Simply load your stills into Photoshop, drag them into your new project, and resize the newly created layers accordingly using Photoshop’s free transform tool (edit > free transform or Ctrl + T, then drag the corners to resize the object).

You want your end result to look like this, with each frame of the animation separated as a layer and arranged chronologically from the bottom up:


Step 2 — Now that you’ve arranged your layers accordingly, you can began sequencing your layers. Again, this process will vary depending on what version of Photoshop you are using. For Photoshop CS5 and lower, access the animation window by opening Window + Animation. Likewise, click Window + Timeline in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC to access the Timeline window. For Photoshop CC, click the drop-down menu in the middle of the Timeline window and select “Create Frame Animation.”

Once you’ve opened Photoshop’s sequencing tool, click on small, right-facing arrow in the upper-right hand corner, and then select Make Frames From Layers.

You can also click on the right-facing arrow to create a new frame manually (or you can simply use the hot-key command Ctrl>Shift>Alt>F). From there, use the eye icon next to each layer to hide the layers you don’t want to appear in the frame you’ve created.


Step 3 — Congratulations! You’ve created an animated GIF using still images and now all you have to do is export it out of Photoshop using the process outlined above. For a quick recap:

Head for File > Save for Web. Remember to keep your GIF no larger than 1MB. If necessary, tweak the color, dither, loss, and size settings until your GIF has been resized accordingly. Once you’re happy, save your newly minted GIF.


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Demo via Digital Trends