Cinemagraphs Workshop

A still image with a slight moving component, or, looped animation with a still image.


Final cinemagraphs/ GIFs, working with various success.


  • Open Workspace, create new folder with your name, FOOTAGE, and EXPORTS. Save all documents to this folder. Move collected footage from SD card to footage folder.
  • Open footage in Premiere, choose the clip you want to use. Narrow it down to 1 seconds worth of loop, 25fps.
  • Copy footage and paste next to original clip, go into CLIP – SPEED/DURATION – choose REVERSE, this will allow the footage to create a perfect loop, going from frame 1, to 25 and then from frame 25 down to 1, to allow the footage to match up perfectly. Export footage with the option ‘H.264’ back into the FOOTAGE folder.Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 14.01.41.png
  • Create a screenshot of your still image by using ‘EXPORT FRAME’ option on the tool bar under the right split screen. By using a screenshot within the same program, you can be sure that the properties/ brightness/ contrast will match up.
  • Open up Photoshop. Switch on the optional ‘TIMELINE’ (if prompted, chose the FILM option). Create a new VIDEO GROUP and import looped footage. Label ALL layers.
  • Create new VIDEO GROUP and import still image. Name the group ‘STILL FRAME’. Match the length of the footage with the still image.
  • Within the STILL FRAME group, create a MASK LAYER (using simply the eraser tool would damage the original image and to begin again, you would have to reimport still frames).
  • Within the MASK layer, use the black brush tool to erase the top still frame pixels, to reveal the moving image footage underneath. To create more of an even/ gentler reveal, make sure the brush isn’t too hard, letting the segue between the moving and the still be more forgiving. Using the white brush tool reverses this.
    – Black brush: erases/ reveals
    – White brush: mends/ conceals Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 14.03.03.png
  • Once the transition is to your liking, go to EXPORT, and SAVE FOR WEB (Legacy). This allows you to save as a GIF format.Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 14.49.55
  • Change settings as desired, but focus on resizing the image, as it’ll often be a large file. Make sure to set LOOPING OPTIONS to Forever. Save to EXPORTS folder.Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 14.51.20hazy-livvs


More experimentation with opacity of brushes/ layers. 

I enjoyed this workshop, especially gaining Photoshop and Premiere skills that have to this stage, gone unexplored. Saying that, I have an older version of Photoshop at home, but without experimentation, I’m not sure if the older version has the necessary tools. I would love to maybe create a couple of moving image/cinemagraphs as a final outcome for my project, as once I have created a couple, I think I’ll find them quite simple to ‘churn out’ and create a couple of experiments with.










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