This course takes you through all of the steps, tools, and considerations in designing and layering an image for 2-D animation using Photoshop. Topics covered range from style considerations to basic techniques for creating your layered images. After completing this course, you will be ready to bring your layered image into an animation program.
Joshua Samson is a filmmaker and mentor and earned a B.S. of Film Studies from Missouri State University and an M.F.A. in Film Studies from the University of Utah. He works in all aspects of film, and his work as a director, cinematographer, and editor have screened around the globe.
Introduction to Photoshop Welcome back to Pluralsight. In this module, we're going to jump into an introduction of the actual program of Photoshop, including layers and grouping layers, taking a look at some of the basic tools like zooming, cutting, and selection, brush, eraser, and clone tools. So, let's start off with layers and grouping. So, we have all these different layers. Every layer that you make, new layers, adjustment layers, every type is going to show up right down here. And the way that Photoshop and most programs work is they read from the top down. So, the sagebrush here, we can turn it on or off, is in front of this puppy because it is on a top layer. If I moved the dog up, now the dog is in front of the sagebrush. Same thing, if I move the cabin up, the cabin is now in front of the dog. So, that is where our layers are. That's where our organization of our layers go. And sometimes if you have a whole bunch of different layers, you might want to group some of those layers. You might want to make it a little bit easier because you might have 20 or 30 different layers here. In this case, there're not a lot of things that we would want to group together because they're all pretty individual, but let's look here. So, I have the mouth, I have the body, I have the head, I have the pupil, I have the eye white. All of that is this guy together. So, if I'm going to try to move all of him together, I would have to highlight all of these, or I can put them all in a group where we can just highlight all of them, right-click, and Group from Layers. We can name what that group is. I'll just keep it Group 1. And, now, all of them are grouped. So, I can move them together, or I can go in and I can move them individually still. So, now you can start to think about what your character's going to look like if you're going to have a character, what your landscape is going to look like, and what kind of grouping you might want to do within that composition. When you're ready, come on back, and we'll continue.