On your own: Creating the remaining animations

You've already learned all the essentials you need to know for creating the other parts of the JUS home-page animations.

Use the six-layered Fruit.psd file in your Lessons/Lesson16 folder to create a montage sequence in which six different images of fruit appear and replace each other.

• The simplest way to create the frames you need is to use the Animation palette menu and choose Make Frames From Layers. This creates your six basic frames with the eye icons for each layer set just the way you want them to be.

• You can smooth out the transitions between frames by changing the Frame Time Delay value in the pop-up menu below the frames.

• You can smooth the transitions out further by adding duplicate frames between the existing frames, reducing the opacity, and adding Tween frames.

• You can create another transformation animation by duplicating one of the images repeatedly and then using the Edit > Transform > Numeric command to change the scale of each duplicate layer by a specific amount, such as multiples of 20%.

Use the Logo4.psd file to practice creating a transition between image states. In this file, you'll make the photograph of the orange branch (the Photo layer) dissolve into the painting of the same branch (the Illustration layer).

• Click the appropriate boxes in the Layers palette to define a starting state in which the Photo and the (blocked) Illustration layers are visible.

• Create a duplicate frame and hide the Photo layer by removing its eye icon in the Layers palette.

• Use the Tween command on the Animation palette menu to create a 4-frame transition for All Layers between the selected frame and the Previous Frame.

• Use the Looping pop-up in the Animation palette to change the looping from Forever to Once.

• Use the File > Save Optimized As command to save the image in GIF format.

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