Cinemagraph – Trail and Errors – 6 simple steps

Trying to understand Cinemagraphs in the beginning didn’t make any sense at all at least from the terrible list of instructions online. Some of the tutorials are so poorly written that you completely confuse yourself or they are so long its annoying. So I decided to make my super simple tutorial in 6 steps


1. create video in mpeg4
2. import video to photoshop via – File >import >Video Frames to Layers…
Now you have many frames and a video
3. Select the frame you would like to have as the still
4. duplicated that layer and move it to the top of the layer stack
5. create a mask on that layer
6. with black brush draw in what you would like in motion
7. save for web as gif (this should just be an obvious step that’s why I didn’t list it.)

After creating the gif it was super difficult to store it online with making the quality suffer so I found a site called gfycat using reddit. Super simple and easy to use also makes the gifs load really quick.

3 replies
  1. Klaudia
    Klaudia says:

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this pqrticular post!
    It’s the little changes which will make the greatesst changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  2. Kristina
    Kristina says:

    Fantastic blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many
    optios out there that I’m totally confused ..
    Anyy ideas? Many thanks!

    • admin
      admin says:

      I would say if have the ability to learn a bit on some code and simple html wordpress would be the best bet because you can control all aspects in a fairly easy to use manner. Other wise a free platform like squared space would be a great option for someone starting out or doesn’t want to deal with the hassles.


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