Saturday, November 20, 2010

[PS] Vibrating speaker animation

Learn the basics of Photoshop animation following this tutorial which shows how to create a vibrating-speaker animation :D. This effect can also be used on adverts, so that they'll catch the user's attention.

1. Choose the image you want to animate, I've chose this one:

2. Open it using Photoshop. First, you may want to add some empty margins to the image. Go to Image->Canvas Size ( Alt+Ctrl+C ). I've added an additional 50px to the width and height.

3. If you want, you can also add a background layer.

4. Now we need to animate this. The first step in creating an animation in Photoshop is to open the animation window. ( Window->Animation ). Next, click three times the "duplicate selected frames" button from the animation  window, so you'll have 4 frames in the end.

5.  Duplicate the layer containing the speaker (CTRL+J) and apply Filter->Blur->Radial Blur using these settings:

6. Now, in the Animation Window, click on the first frame and hide the blured layer (by clicking the eye icon next to it), do the same for the 3rd frame. Show the blured layer on the 2nd and 4th frames and hide the second layer.
Your 1st and 3rd frames should look like this:
Your 2nd and 4th frames should look like this:

7. If you press the "play" button in the animation window you can already see the animation, but we still need to edit the delay between frames.
For the first frame choose 0,1seconds, for the third one 0,3seconds and for the other two leave the delay to 0seconds.
It's up to you to choose the right delays for your needs :D

8. To save the animation go to File->Save for Web and Devices (ALT+SHIFT+CTRL+S) choose GIF and save. To view the animation you may need to open it using a web browser. Here is final outcome:

If there's anything unclear just post your question in the comment section below :D.
Thanks :).


  1. You're wellcome :) . I'll post new tutorials soon, so stay tuned :>

  2. Thx for the tut, its very nice.
    But how do I send it to my friends? :)

  3. You can share it via the twitter & facebook buttons (next to the post's title).
    You can copy the url and send the URL to them.
    After the "Related Posts" there are many other sharing buttons.
    Do you have any other suggestions?:)

  4. No, what i ment was after u make the speaker yourself and you saved it, how do u send it to your friends. So send your own creation. :)

  5. As I said in step 8:
    To save the animation go to File->Save for Web and Devices (ALT+SHIFT+CTRL+S) choose GIF and save.

    You can then send the saved picture through any file-sharing software.

    Or , you can upload it to an image-hosting website (like ) and then share the link with your friends.

  6. Very nice
    Thanks my bro


  7. Awesome bro... keep it up.. amazing..