Ok, many of you want to know how to make animated icons. So this post will give you a basic understanding of animations. You must know how to use the PhotoShop animation window or Animation Shop, Layers, and the basic icon concept to follow this tutorial.
Let’s start with my favorite, the simple 2 frame animation.
1. Beating Heart
In your basic icon, add one layer with a heart in the center, that is your first frame:
Duplicate the heart layer and make the copied heart smaller, placing it exactly over the big heart. Then hide the big heart layer and that is your second frame!
Now with the beat I like to use a slower speed per frame (like 0.3 second in photo shop or 30 per 100 in Animation Shop).
2. The Wiggle
In your first frame have a heart that you rotated slightly to the left (25 degrees or so):
In your second frame mirror that heart (flip it horizontally).
And there you go!
Now, let’s get more sophisticated.
3. The Rotation
This is a 5 frame animation, and similar to the wiggle, you rotate the heart by 60 degrees per frame (or layer). So have your element (heart or star) and then duplicate the layer and rotate the element by 60 degrees, then duplicate that layer and rotate the element again by 60 degrees and so on.
Here are the 5 frames in order:
Let’s prep the shine. Make a new layer. With the brush tool (using a soft brush 50%) draw a white line that covers the whole heart like so:
Now, blur that line with a gaussian blur, like so:
Move the line to the edge of the heart:
Duplicate your line layer and move it slightly over like so:
Repeat this step until you have covered the whole heart, I have 6 lines on 6 layers!
Go back to the heart layer and select the outside of it:
Then go back to each line layer and delete everything that is not covering the heart:
Now, make the frames by hiding all but the first line layer and make it your first frame, then hide the first line and unhide the second one and so on. Here are all the frames:
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!