Adding an element of animation can grab the attention of your readers and bring your images to life. But did you know that you can achieve that effect without video? With Photoshop Actions, you can easily transform an ordinary photo into something fresh and new.
We’ve seen this effect in the news and in popular culture; for example, watch how adding some movement to the image enhances the overall effect for TIME Magazine, which recently transformed their ‘Nothing to See Here‘ cover into a powerful animation to convey the chaos of the Trump administration.
— TIME (@TIME) February 16, 2017
And how the moving pictures in Harry Potter adds to the magic of the movie:
These captivating living photos are called cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are still photographs with small repeated movements that loop endlessly to create the illusion that you’re watching a video. See these examples, from Hongkiat:
Below are Photoshop actions you can use to add an element of animation to your images:
Add a weather effect to your photo to transport your audience. Add rain, fog or snow to create the perfect storm or winter scene.
Add a little sparkle…
Infuse light into your work and liven up your images with the below lighting and motion effects.
Add more movement
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Create animated works of art and share your videos on instagram with these powerful tools!
The Animated Parallax Tool Kit offers animated text, weather effects and sharpening and blur effects to bring your image to life.
Create vintage Instagram videos and animated GIFs with this Photoshop action.
This artistic effect allows you to create stunning videos with just a few clicks.
Use Animated Glitch Art and Animated Retrowave 8 Bit Action to add trippy glitch effects to your work and blow your audience away.
Animated Broken Geometric Portrait adds edgy effects to your work in minutes.
This Photoshop action uses technology to blend still images with looping movements to make video files that will make your head spin.
Create gorgeous Instagram videos easily with Animated Retrowave Portrait.
Take your hashtag game to the next level with Animated Retrowave Hashtag action.