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

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

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

You can also check my Animated Geometric Color Reveal Actionwith different animated textures and effects,createdthe same way for myGraphicRiverportfolio.

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

Tutorial Assets

  • Any photo you want to use for this manipulation. You can find some free photos onUnsplashandPixabayor buy high-quality photos onPhotoDune. I chose this photo from Unsplash.

1.How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

UseControl-Nto create a new document and use thefollowing settings:1080 x 1080 px; 300 dpi.

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

Step 2

Go toFile>Placeand put your image inside the document.

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

Step 3

Now we need to convert our image to a smart object.Right Clickon the layer, and then selectConvert to Smart Object.

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

Step 4

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Step 7

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

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

Step 8

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

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

Step 9

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

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

Step 10

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

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

Step 11

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

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

Step 12

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

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

Step 13

Make the main smart object and the background layer invisible.

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

Step 14

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

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

Step 15

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

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

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 theMake a Group icon.

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

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.

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

Step 2

After that,Right Click > Create Clipping Mask.

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

Step 3

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

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

Step 4

Select the gradient map layer and create another clipping mask.

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

Step 5

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

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

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.

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

Step 7

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

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

Step 8

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Step 2

Select the smart object in the first group of the layers, pressControl-T, and rotate the image -180° whileholdingShift.

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

Step 3

Select the smart object in the second group of the layers, and then pressControl-Tand rotate the image-90°whileholdingShift.

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

Step 4

Select next smart object in and then pressControl-Tand rotate the image-180° whileholdingShift.

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

Step 5

Select the smart object in the fourth group of the layers, and then pressControl-Tand rotate the image90°while holdingShift.

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

Step 6

Select the last smart object, and then pressControl-Tand rotate the image-180°while holdingShift.

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

Step 7

Open the first smart object in theTimelinepanel and move theTime Indicatorto0:00:00:00.After that, click on the Timer icon near the Transform to create the first Keyframe.

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

Step 8

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:00,and then rotate the smart object180° whileholdingShift.

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

Step 9

Open the second smart object in theTimeline paneland create the first Keyframe at0:00:00:00. Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:00and rotate the smart object90° whileholdingShift.

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

Step 10

Open the next smart object in theTimeline paneland create the firstKeyframeat0:00:00:00. Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:00and rotate the smart object180° whileholdingShift.

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

Step 11

Open the fourth smart object in theTimelinepaneland create the firstKeyframeat0:00:00:00. Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:00and rotate the smart object-90° whileholdingShift.

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

Step 12

Open the last smart object in theTimelinepaneland create the firstKeyframeat0:00:00:00. Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:00and rotate the smart object180° whileholdingShift.

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

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 theTime Indicator to 0:00:00:00. After that, click on theTimer icon near the Opacity to create the first Keyframe.

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

Step 14

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:04:00 and change the Opacity of the layer to 0% in theLayers panel.

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

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.

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

Step 16

Select the gradient map in the first group of layers and then move theTime Indicatorto0:00:00:00. After that, click on theTimericon near theOpacityto create the firstKeyframe.

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

Step 17

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:00and change theOpacityof the layer to0%in theLayerspanel.

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

Step 18

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

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

Step 19

Open the gradient map in the next group of layers. After that, click theTimericon near theOpacity in the Timeline panel, andRight Click > Paste.

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

Step 20

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

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

4.How to Render the Animation for Instagram

Step 1

To save your animation for Instagram, you need toclickon the icon intheupper right corner and selectRender Video.

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

Step 2

Set the following settings in theRender Videopanel:Format: H.264; Size: Document Size; Range: All Frames.

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

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 Contentson the smart object which we created first.

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

Step 2

Place your new image above the old one, pressAlt-F4toclosethe placeholder, and then selectSave.

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

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 myAnimated Geometric Color Reveal Actionin my portfolio onGraphicRiver.

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