When the release of the ‘It’s My Party’ Collection happened I knew I wanted to stretch the potential of this kit even further than just documenting birthdays and special occasions.Now the next logical step is to use the wonderful digital elements from the scrapbook kit and turn them into cards, but I like to think outside the box a little and I think a wonderful way to share a greeting is through an Animated E-Card so that’s what I did! I absolutely love how the elements from this collection took form into this cute little E-Card, which can be quickly sen toff into anyone’s inbox or shared on their social media! If you’d like to learn how to digitally wish all your loved ones happy birthday, keep reading to see how I made an animated E-card, and how you can too!
Gather your elements. If you’d like to create an E-card similar to mine, all you’ll need is the ‘It’s My Party’ Scrapbook Kit from Little Lamm & Co, Photoshop, and a little imagination! I chose to use the four candles, the silver sequin stars, the pink ribbons, the gold beads, and the pink Gerber daisies … oh and don’t forget the Happy Birthday sentiment to create my E-Card.
Create your layers. Once you’ve chosen all the elements that you want to include, you’ll need to have a vision of how you want your animation to go. For me, I wanted the candles to appear one by one, and then light one by one, and then the flame would engulf the pag eand reveal a full page spread of all the other birthday goodies (flowers,stars, ribbons). One by one those items would disappear slowly revealing the sentiment below, which will then flash at the end! Now this sounds like a lot,but if you work backwards it’s not too difficult to achieve! Start by creating a new file sized 1280x1024 pixels (ideal for web content which is what we’remaking!). 2.1 Create the full-page spread of birthday goodies with sentiment below already in place. This will help when you’re taking each piece away to have the sentiment reveal in a fashion that is believable. 2.2 Save the image of the full-page spread in its entirety and then save images step by step as you hide layers (eyeball icon in the layers panel). As you can see in my thumbnails I simply took one or two elements away each time and then saved the image as anew jpeg. You’ll also want to save one completely white page as well for the flashing element at the end.
2.3 Create your candle element.This one you’ll be starting from a white screen and introducing your elements one by one instead of working backwards like we did before. Start with the left candle and save that image, so on and so forth (follow thumbnails above).Because there isn’t a flame included in the kit I simply grabbed my brush too land drew one flame then duplicated it for each candle. To make it engulf the page, I simply gradually enlarged the flame and saved a new image each time,then duplicated the flames until the page was full. To reveal the full-page birthday goodies spread I simply then took away the flame after covering the entire page to reveal the under image. Because you’re revealing the birthday goodies spread under the flames, you’ll need to have that prepped before creating these image seven though it will come into the animation sequence after the candles. After creating your animation sequences and saving each individual frame as a jpeg, you’ll be ready to create your animation. We’ll do this by creating a GIF file in Photoshop.
Hi! I’m Cecily, an avid scrapbooker + coffee drinker + pursuer of happiness. A fashion designer by trade, I use the knowledge from my art and design background to create unique, artistic keepsakes with an emphasis on color, typography, and texture. I live my New York life to the fullest while curating it into paper keepsakes to share.