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How to Make a Cinemagraph in Photoshop & After Effects

By fotosiamo on September 29th 2012

If you have never heard of a cinemagraph, it is a stills photograph that has an animated element into it. They are essentially animated GIFs. Usually, the animation is subtle, but done effectively, it just adds this little kick of surrealism to the image. It can even be a little haunting, to see a still image all of a sudden move, but that is part of the attraction. It is a term coined by fellow artists Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck.

According to Business Insider, the use of cinemagraphs in photography may become more and more popular as we see more convergence happening between film and stills. Some online commercial advertisers have already added cinemagraphs in their advertisements.

If you are curious as how you can make cinemagraphs, check out this video. It’s worth the watch.

How to make a Cinemagraph with Photoshop and After Effects from Kert Gartner on Vimeo.

You can see more examples of cinemagraphs here:


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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

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  2. Ed Rhodes

    whoa, those look cool

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  3. Basit Zargar


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  4. usa

    I am all for Photoshop but man it does take a while.  On Google I found this YouTube then tried it out on the site  It is a lot quicker!

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  5. Cakencamera

    Wont work when printed!

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  7. Ricardo Consonni

    If the effect is very subtle, like the cab picture, I guess it will be ok. The first and the one where the wind blows the girl’s hair are just kitsch.

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