Cinemagraphs can add a new dimension to your photography work. While they’re usually created from videos, there’s now a Photoshop plugin named Artymate which lets you create cinemagraphs from still images. It is really easy to use and can give you great results.
Artymate is a new project from Australian photographer Karen Alsop (a.k.a. Story Art). We’ve featured some of her work on our blog before: she uses her photography to help people make their dreams come true. She does wonders in Photoshop and it’s one of the main tools in her work. Now she’s run Artymate after working on it for a while, and it’s officially available for purchase.
With this plugin, you can add a variety of animations to all kinds of still images. You can create flapping bird’s wings, cascading waterfalls, moving clouds, flowing water and more. You can apply all the animations directly in Photoshop using a single photo and the Artymate plugin.
You can choose the direction of animation and add variations with various pre-programmed effects. Artymate also lets you add custom video overlays. You can make the subject’s hear flow, or add fire, smoke, particles and light to your photos.
If you’d like to learn how to apply all these effects to your photos, there’s a website section with tutorial videos. So check them out to see the animation effects you can get, but also to learn how to get them.
Finally, here are some examples of the animated photos available on Artymate’s Instagram page:
@joelrobison is known for his illustrative story telling through photoshop compositing. We love this #communicative #artwork of Joel’s that has now been #animated with #artymate using a variety of #animationpresets including #flying, #floating and #falling – #eyecatching isn’t it? #cinemagraph #joelrobisonphotography #umbrellas #surreal #surrealism #joelrobison #artymations #animated #livingphoto #movingimage
Vicky Papas-Vergara is known for her stunning award winning photography. She has now been able to bring one of her favourite award winning images to life using Artymate! "Artymate is amazing! I literally just needed to select my matching hair overlays and click a few buttons and my still became an engaging moving cinemagraph! I can't stop looking at it!" – @vicky_papas_vergara #awardwinning #fineart #motherandchild #fashion #cinemagraph #hair #movingimage #livingphoto #vickypapas #aipp @aipp_official @photoshop #photoshopextension #photoshopplugin
@vonwong 's epic adventures stand still, frozen in time by his incredible artistry behind the camera… With Artymate, go deeper into Benjamin Von Wong's #lava series. The heat of the lava glows, the steam rises… Let it capture your imagination like never before. #cinemagraph #vonwong #movingpicture #animation #animate #fire #hot #smoke#steam #mist #volcano
If you like what you see, Artymate is available for purchase through the website. It costs $50, and it will work with Photoshop CC. If you get your copy, make sure to share your results with us, and if you post it on Instagram, use a hashtag #artymate.