Adobe Premiere: How To Animate a Still Image

Adobe Premiere makes it possible to animate still images easily. There are many other features which make the software so powerful. A still image such as a photograph or drawing can easily be animated using Premiere. The results are also very good and look professional. Anyone wanting to learn how to animate a still image will need to read this guide to find out exactly how it is done.

Step 1: Adding the Still Image

The first thing that you need to do is add the image to the stage. Drag the slider to the point where you want the image to be displayed and the animation to start. Now you can drag the image down from the project window to the video track. This will make it possible to align it correctly and display it at the right time.

Step 2: Setting the Duration of the Image

Now you need to set how long the image will be displayed for. Move the slider to the position where you want the animation to stop. Now take hold of the edge of the image and stretch it right up to the line.

Step 3: Transparency

Now you will need to make the still image slightly transparent. To do this click on the image as its displayed in the timeline and then select Clip, Video Options, Transparency from the main menu at the top of the screen. The Key type should be set to "Alpha Channel." Preview the effect by clicking on the page peel button under the image. Once you are happy with the effect you should then click OK.

Step 4: Animating the Image

Check that the still image is still selected in the timeline. Then click Clip, Video Options, Motion. Check that the Alpha setting is set on Use Clips. Preview the effect by clicking the Show All button. By default the animated path will be straight you can click ok and the clip will move horizontally. You can however make changes if required.

Step 5: Adjusting Motion

The motion path will be horizontal to start off with. It is possible to adjust the motion path to move the image in various directions. The motion points can be dragged around and moved to make the image move differently. You will see a grey box, this will be the visible area of the screen and will help you to work out exactly how the finished animation will look.

Extra motion paths can be added by clicking the line close to the start motion point and then dragging it down to the correct position.

Step 6: Rotating and Scaling

If you want to enhance the animation even more then you can rotate and scale the image. Change both the rotation and zoom settings which are located under the preview window. Adjust the zoom and rotation values in the dialog box to perfect the animation.

Step 7: Previewing

To preview the animation click the start of the time line and then hold down Alt if you're using a windows PC or Option if you're using a Mac. Now drag the slider to preview the finished effect.

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