High Volt Designs - Tutorials

[Photoshop] Soft Glow Animation

Hi guys! Today I am going to show you how to make this kind of animation:

This animation can be done a few different ways, but this is how I do it.
I used Photoshop CS6 for this tutorial (I made this back in February 2014 so bear with me). If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Step One


So I already have all my coloring and textures done. I put all of those layers into a folder to get them out of the way. So I have my layers folder on top of my picture. As you can see as well, I am already down to 100 x 100 px in size.

Duplicate your picture layer.
Then add a Brightness Layer. You can do this by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. Click Brightness/Contrast. A window will pop up and click OK. A panel will open to adjust the amount of Brightness. I changed Brightness to 15.

Your window should look like this:


Once done, Merge the Brightness layer down on top of your picture layer on top.
Your window should now look like this:

Step Two

Now we are going to open up our animation timeline. Go down to the bottom and click Create Video Timeline.


Then click the 3 squares in the corner.


Your window should now look like this:


If your timeline wasn't visible to click Create Video Timeline, go to the top of the page and click Window > select Timeline. You can then follow the steps above.

Make sure the speed of the layer is set to 0.1 sec.

Step Three

Now we need to add more frames to make it animated, of course.
Click this little page icon to add a frame. It'll make a new frame just like the first.


Now with the first frame selected, you are going to turn off your Brightened Layer.


Select your second frame and turn the Brightened Layer back on.

Step Four

Now we're going to animate it!
Click these circles next to the new frame button. This is called Tweening.


A window will pop up like this:


Change the number 5 to 3

You should now have this result:


Now this is kinda confusing, so read closely.

You are going to duplicate layer 4, move it after layer 5.
You are going to duplicate layer 3, move it after layer 6.
you are going to duplicate layer 2, move it after layer 7.
You should now have 8 layers. Make sure they are all at the speed of 0.1 sec.

At the bottom, make sure where it default says Once, to Forever. If you don't do this, your icon will only run animation once.
Press Play!

Step Five

Now you can save your icon.
Save for Web > GIF 128 No Dither
If it is too big for your purposes, you can choose GIF 64 instead.