How to bring life and movement to an image created in After Effects

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The world of content production multimedia it is extremely broad and quite competitive, and with that in mind, if you are a creator in the field of this content, you may have found yourself thinking about how to improve your content. Often, most of the work is thanks to the creativeness that one has, as well as the patience, experience and knowledge that one has with a certain type of content.

But if something can really make the job easier, it's a good choice in the editing software department. Of all the editing software there is, there is the complete Adobe suite with programs like Photoshop and others, it really is a package that few are missing, because it brings everything you might need to create all kinds of multimedia content.



And, of all the programs that are in the same suite, there is After Effects , which is a gem of a program, which is a perfect tool for post-production of all kinds of multimedia content, such as character animations, images, movies, video games and others; And the best part is that it is quite intuitive if you have the basic knowledge of these programs.

You can do a little bit of everything in After Effects and it really lends itself as a " must have "when it comes to editing programs. And among the activities that After Effects can do, there is the possibility of giving movement to an image, but what is it and how can I do it? Keep reading, because below we will show you all you need to know for this and you will be able to grow a bit as a content editor.


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Giving movement to an image

Have you ever thought that you have finished a photomontage in Photoshop or an image and that after a lot of work you would like to turn it into a small animation? Well, with After Effects you can do that and more. When we talk about adding motion to an image, we don't mean turning the image into an attractive short animation.


You may have seen this in the way they create images in games like league of legends and other. Also, the best thing about the whole process is that it's not that simple, as all you need is a little patience and perseverance, and you can renew your living image within a couple of hours or more at depending on yours project .

How to do it?

In order to add motion to an image in After Effects, you need to follow the following simple step by step procedure paying attention:

  • First, you need to have your illustration or image that you want to edit in Photoshop. Here, you have to take on the task of layering the image segments you want to animate. If it is, for example, a bird, you can cut out parts of the image, such as wings, beak, legs and tail, or any part you want to move.
  • Here you should be creative when it comes to the layers, remembering that each of these layers is the one that will have movement.
  • Once you have the Photoshop file ready, go to After Effect and import your Photoshop file. When you do, click on the option to keep the layers editable and adjust the image to the desired size.
  • Now you will be able to see all the layers in the timeline, open the first one you want to edit and click on " Transform "when the options are displayed.
  • Then click on the icon of the clock that appears next to the object you want to transform and then press the top icon of the "Puppet Pin Tool", an option that has the shape of a pushpin.
  • Now, you just need to place the anchor points on the object, which will determine how the object will move, so you can try different points until you are satisfied.
  • After that, you need to move the object as you move the timeline bar, and in the preview you will be able to see how the object moves as you animated it.
  • You just have to do the same with the other items and you will have given movement to your image successfully.
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