Distorted GIF

Tutorial Created: Thursday, January 09 2014
Featuring "Adrenalize" by In This Moment
Level: Medium/Advanced


Step One - Create Your GIF

Create your gif. If you don't know how to make a gif, please follow this tutorial. Make sure you've got it colored, sharpened, colorized, etc. how you want it to look. It's likely when you load your video, it'll be big so you'll want to make sure to resize it to a smaller amount. Adjust your speed how you'd like. I'm using 450x333 for this tutorial. Before continuing, make sure you've got only the frames you want to use for your gif in the animation box.

TO COLORIZE YOUR GIF: In your Layers area, click the top layer. Now go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer and fill it in how you'll like. To do what I'm doing, follow the these instructions. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Your output levels should be at 43 & 235. See below example.


Go back to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. Hue needs to be set to 0. Saturation set to +24. Lightness set to -3. See below example.


I also added a pattern over my gif to give it a grunge type of feel to it. To do that, go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Pattern. Select the pattern you'll use. Go to Blending Options, set your mode to Multiply and opacity to 50 so you can see it but it's not over powering.

Now I've got mine colored how I want it for this tutorial. Continue to step two.

Step Two - Add Distortion/Effects

Every few frames, you'll want to add distortion to give it a better effect. I'm going to do it on every 4-5 frames. Pick out which frames you'd like to add distortion to. Follow this step on each frame you add distortion too.

Select your LAYER (not the animation frames panel) in your sidebar area. Right-click, duplicate layer, and select new on your destination. Name it whatever you want, it just helps me to name it the frame number (you don't have to).



Your frame will open into a new document window by itself. This is where you'll start adding the cool effects. Duplicate your layer. Go to Filter>Distort>Shear. A window will come open. Edit the settings how you like them. Here's a preview of how I have done mine:


Now on that same layer (the duplicated one), go into your Blending Options. In your "Advanced Blending" section, uncheck the G and B boxes leaving only the R selected.


To add a move effect to it, select your Rectangular Marquee Tool. Make a selection on your image you want to move. You'll see the dancing lines. Right-click and select "Layer Via Cut".


Using your Move Tool, move your selection where you'd like. You can use the arrows on your keyboard or your mouse to move the area. Follow to step three to learn how to move your frame back into the animation panel.

Step Three - Adding To Animation

On the top of your animation box, you'll want to select the little arrow and lines that are on the right hand side. Select "Flatten Frames Into Layers".


Now go back and select "Copy Frame".


In your animation panel of your gif, make sure the frame you just edited is selected. Go to the little arrow, and "Paste Frame". A box will pop up, select "Paste After Selection". See my example below.


Now go to the layer right before that, it should be the same one but without the effects you added. Select it and go to the arrow and "Delete Frame".

At this point, you'll want to repeat steps 2 and 3 for each frame you add distortion and effects too. Mix them up and experiment.

Step Four - Saving your GIF

To save your GIF properly, go to File>Save for Web & Devices.


Make sure to press "play" and look at a final of your GIF before saving to make sure it plays how you intend it too. Hope this tutorial helped you. If you like this tutorial, please let me know in my cbox or by messaging me on Facebook or to kaydee@atr0city.com =D Thank you!! Here is the final of what I made: