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Lesson 18. Animating GIF Images for the ... > Setting layer positions and opacity

Setting layer positions and opacity

In this part of the lesson, you’ll adjust the position and opacity of layers in an image to create the starting and ending frames of an animation sequence. Changing the order in which frames appear in the animation is as simple as dragging the thumbnails in the Animation palette.

1.
In the Animation palette, make sure that frame 2 is selected. Then, in the Layers palette, select the H layer.

2.
Select the Move tool (), hold down Shift (to constrain the movement), and drag the “H” to the left side of the image window so that only a portion of the “H” is visible.

3.
In the Layers palette, select the O layer, and then hold down Shift and drag to a similar position on the right side of image window.

4.
Repeat Step 3, but this time select the 2 layer and drag it to the upper edge of the image window. The three layers should be arranged as shown in the illustration below.

5.
In the Layers palette, select the H layer and drag the Opacity slider to 20%. Repeat this process to reset the opacity of the 2 and O layers at 20% as well.

In the Animation palette, notice that frame 2 has updated to reflect the current image state. To make frame 2 the starting state of your animation, you’ll switch the order of the two frames.

6.
In the Animation palette, drag frame 2 to the left, releasing the mouse when the black bar appears to the left of frame 1.


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