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                 Animated binocular effect
                 by Colin Smith
                 www.photoshopcafe.com




Summer is finally here and its time to ride those fun roller coasters and brush the cobwebs off those
summer toys like the trusty ol’ binoculars.

This week I am going to show you how to create a moving binocular effect using a vector mask in
Photoshop and Imageready.

Begin with the image you are going to look at.




Zoom out of your document until you lots of canvas space.
Choose the rectangular shape tool. Set the option to shape layer for the toolbar (left option out of the
3)
Choose black as the foreground color
Draw a large rectangle, much larger than the image area.
Choose the circular shape tool
In the option on the toolbar, set it to subtact




Draw a circle, notice it cuts out a circle and you can see some of the image underneath




Repeat for the 2nd circle.




Now drag the shape layer into out starting position. This is where we are going to begin the
animation.
Switch to imageready now
We are going to make the animation, the process is this:
Make a frame – Move it position – tween – and repeat (Don’t worry you will see the pattern in a sec
as we walk through it)

In the animation palette, add a new frame by clicking the new button. It will make a frame from the
current state.




Move the layer into the desired finishing position.




Click on the arrow in the top right of the animation palette (or the tween button) and choose the
settings shown below – add 6 frames
I have turned off all the options but position, that is the only thing changing.




Click ok and the new frames will be added to complete the first step of the animationClick the “0 sec”
text and you will notice a menu. This is our delay option, change this to tell ImageReady how long
you want to pause on this frame.
Set it for 2 seconds.
On with the animation…
Create a new frame




Move to the new position.




Add a tween.




You are getting it.

Now what about making a smooth loop?
Easy, duplicate the first frame by dragging it to the new frame icon.




Drag this frame all the way to the end of the animation palette and set it as the last frame.




Create a tween and you now have a smooth transition all the way to the end. This will result in a
smooth loop.

Fine tune your animation by setting the delays. Cause the animation to pause each time it changes
position.
position.




The last thing you need to do and this is important, optimize the animation so it isn’t huge.

Choose gif and 32 colors. You can even add some lossyness to further reduce the file size. You
should be able to get the animation down to a small file size, even if its a large image because there
is so much solid color.




To view you can click on the play button on the animation palette. Or choose the preview in browser
option from the tools palette.
Test the animation and make a few tweaks until you are happy with the effect.
Hit File>save optimized and enjoy your animation.




What are you doing still inside staring at your screen? Get out and enjoy the sun.

See you at the café www.photoshopcafe.com
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