Animation- Creating a Growing Flower

You can create animations that can be used in PowerPoint or any web browser.

1. Create a new file. I did mine 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels high.
2. Using the Brush tool draw a simple background. (A sample is shown at the bottom of the page.)
3. Drag the Layers Palette from the Palette Well.
4. Drag the background layer onto the New Layer Icon.

5. With the new layer selected add a small amount to the plant you are drawing.
6. Drag that layer onto the New Layer Icon
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have completed your drawing.

Next we need to save the Animation. Choose Save for Web from the File Menu.

Part of the screen is shown at right.

  • Check Animate
  • Check Loop
  • Set the Frame Delay to desired speed.
  • Preview the animation in your browser
  • Make any timing changes
  • Click Ok and Save your file.

Note: In PowerPoint the animation won't move until you go to the slide show view.

I have provided an sample animation and a Photoshop Elements file you can download to help you create your first animation.

If you don't have Photoshop Elements, the next best thing is Picassa. Picassa is a great free program from Google.


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