How to Create an Animated Photo Reveal for Instagram in Adobe Photoshop


What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we will use Adobe Photoshop to create an animated photo reveal effect for Instagram, which can be used with any image.

You can also check my Animated Geometric Color Reveal Action with different animated textures and effects, created the same way for my GraphicRiver portfolio.

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Tutorial Assets

  • Any photo you want to use for this manipulation. You can find some free photos on Unsplash and Pixabay or buy high-quality photos on PhotoDune. I chose this photo from Unsplash.

1. How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

Use Control-N to create a new document and use the following settings: 1080 x 1080 px; 300 dpi.

Creating a new docoment

Step 2

Go to File > Place and put your image inside the document.

Placing the image

Step 3

Now we need to convert our image to a smart object. Right Click on the layer, and then select Convert to Smart Object.

Creating smart object

Step 4

After that, let’s create a duplicate of the smart object: Right Click > Duplicate layer.

Creating the duplicate of smart object

Step 5

Create four more duplicates of the smart object as we did before. After that, you can easily change the image in all the smart objects just by replacing the photo in the first smart object.

Creating more duplicates of the smart object

Step 6

Now let’s create the shapes for our template. Hit U to create a Rectangle Shape and use the following settings: Width: 432; Height: 432.

Creating first shape

Step 7

After that, create the second shape with the following settings: Width: 594; Height: 594; No Fill; Stroke: 81 px.

Creating second shape

Step 8

Create the third shape with the following settings: Width: 756; Height: 756; No Fill; Stroke: 81 px.

Creating third shape

Step 9

Create the fourth shape with the following settings: Width: 918; Height: 918; No Fill; Stroke: 81 px.

Creating fourth shape

Step 10

For the last shape, let’s use these settings: Width: 1080; Height: 1080; No Fill; Stroke: 81 px.

Creating the last shape

Step 11

Hit V and select all the shape layers, and then click Align Horizontal Center and Align Vertical Center.

Centring the shapes

Step 12

Now we need to move each shape below each smart object.

Moving shape layers

Step 13

Make the main smart object and the background layer invisible.

Making layer invisible

Step 14

Now select the first smart object and Right Click > Create Clipping Mask.

Creating the clipping mask

Step 15

Create a clipping mask for each smart object using the same method as before.

Creating clipping mask for other smart objects

Step 16

To make it easier for us to work with our layers, we need to create groups of layers. Select each smart object and shape and then hit the Make a Group icon.

Creating the groups of layers

2. How to Create Color Effects

Step 1

To create a black and white filter, we will use a gradient map. Select the first smart object and go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

Creating black and white filter

Step 2

After that, Right Click > Create Clipping Mask.

Creating clipping mask

Step 3

Now create another gradient map above, but use the following colors: #21382e; #3d3b6d; #fd605b.

Creating gradient map

Step 4

Select the gradient map layer and create another clipping mask.

Creating clipping mask

Step 5

Create another gradient map with the clipping mask in the second group with the following colors: #31444b; #843332.

Creating gradient map

Step 6

Now let’s create another gradient map with a clipping mask as we did before, but for the third group of the layers. For this one, let’s use the following colors: #16172b; #df7136.

Creating gradient map

Step 7

For the next group of layers, use a gradient map with the following colors: #dd0a00; #fe7f32.

Creating gradient map

Step 8

For the last group of layers, use a gradient map with the following colors: #5b673f; #a23c2d.

Creating last gradient map

Step 9

Now we need to make our image look a bit faded. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure and use the following settings: Offset: +0.0200.

Creating adjustment layer

3. How to Create an Animation From a Static Image

Step 1

To start creating the animation, go to Window > Timeline and then hit Create Video Timeline.

Creating video timeline

Step 2

Select the smart object in the first group of the layers, press Control-T, and rotate the image -180° while holding Shift.

Rotating the smart object

Step 3

Select the smart object in the second group of the layers, and then press Control-T and rotate the image -90° while holding Shift.

Rotating the smart object

Step 4

Select next smart object in and then press Control-T and rotate the image -180° while holding Shift.

Rotating the smart object

Step 5

Select the smart object in the fourth group of the layers, and then press Control-T and rotate the image 90° while holding Shift.

Rotating the smart object

Step 6

Select the last smart object, and then press Control-T and rotate the image -180° while holding Shift.

Rotating the smart object

Step 7

Open the first smart object in the Timeline panel and move the Time Indicator to 0:00:00:00. After that, click on the Timer icon near the Transform to create the first Keyframe.

Creating the first keyframe

Step 8

Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:02:00, and then rotate the smart object 180° while holding Shift.

Creating the 2nd keyframe

Step 9

Open the second smart object in the Timeline panel and create the first Keyframe at 0:00:00:00. Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:02:00 and rotate the smart object 90° while holding Shift.

Creating the animation for the second smart object

Step 10

Open the next smart object in the Timeline panel and create the first Keyframe at 0:00:00:00. Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:02:00 and rotate the smart object 180° while holding Shift.

Creating the animation for the third smart object

Step 11

Open the fourth smart object in the Timeline panel and create the first Keyframe at 0:00:00:00. Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:02:00 and rotate the smart object -90° while holding Shift.

Creating the animation for the fourth smart object

Step 12

Open the last smart object in the Timeline panel and create the first Keyframe at 0:00:00:00. Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:02:00 and rotate the smart object 180° while holding Shift.

This is how the animation should look after the manipulations listed above.


Step 13

Now we need to create an animation for the color effects. Open the black&white filter in the Timeline panel and move the Time Indicator to 0:00:00:00. After that, click on the Timer icon near the Opacity to create the first Keyframe

Creating keyframes for blackwhite filter

Step 14

Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:04:00 and change the Opacity of the layer to 0% in the Layers panel.

Creating the animation for black and white filter

Step 15

Duplicate this layer four times using Right Click > Duplicate and place each duplicate of the filter above each smart object. The animation of this layer is copied along with the layer.

Creating the duplicates of the layer

Step 16

Select the gradient map in the first group of layers and then move the Time Indicator to 0:00:00:00. After that, click on the Timer icon near the Opacity to create the first Keyframe

Creating animation for gradient map

Step 17

Move the Time Indicator to 0:00:02:00 and change the Opacity of the layer to 0% in the Layers panel.

Creating the animation for gradient map

Step 18

Now we need to copy the keyframes. Select two Keyframes while holding Control, and then hit Copy.

Copying the keyframes

Step 19

Open the gradient map in the next group of layers. After that, click the Timer icon near the Opacity in the Timeline panel, and Right Click > Paste.

Pasting the keyframes

Step 20

Now let’s create copies of the keyframes for all gradient maps, as we did before.

Creating copies of the keyframes

4. How to Render the Animation for Instagram

Step 1

To save your animation for Instagram, you need to click on the icon in the upper right corner and select Render Video.

Opening render panel

Step 2

Set the following settings in the Render Video panel: Format: H.264; Size: Document Size; Range: All Frames.

Saving the animation as a video

5. How to Replace the Image Used in the Template

Step 1

If you want to change the image used for your animation, Right Click > Edit Contents on the smart object which we created first.

Replacing the main image

Step 2

Place your new image above the old one, press Alt-F4 to close the placeholder, and then select Save.

Saving new image

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

In this way, we can create an animated template in Adobe Photoshop using smart objects.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to contact me for any help with the tutorial. You can also check my Animated Geometric Color Reveal Action in my portfolio on GraphicRiver.

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