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How to create a glitch art animation

After exploring the possibilities of glitch art utilising what was available for free online, it’s only natural to want ot expand and develop a topic and see where else it can lead us. The progression here was to integrate glitched stills into an animation. The setup is relatively simple, just one light on a person sat on a stool, the light angled at 45,45. The camera was set on burst mode as we wanted to create a sequence of images that resembled a video, whilst being able to manipulate individual frames and glitch them without the need for video editing software. The frame rate or burst rate of cameras varies quite dramatically, for this test we used a Canon 40D which has a frame rate of 6fps.

By pressing the ‘drive’ button on your camera, you should be able to navigate past the self timer icon and look for burst or multi frame mode icon which looks like this. Some cameras have another even faster mode which has a ‘H’ next to the multi frame icon, but this is typically in higher end cameras. See my article here on free online glitching resources, one thing that is worth noting is the size at which the websites will let you export you glitched images. Make sure that all of your images, both glitched and non glitched, are all saved to the same dimensions as this will save you time re-sizing each one later on. Once you’ve glitched your images save them back into the original sequence of images but with a -2 on the end, right click and then select ‘sort by name’ this way they will all be in sequence when you open them in Photoshop. I used Photoshop CS2 for this experiment, I’m not sure on earlier versions of Photoshop but am pretty certain that all following versions of the creative suite have an animation feature. Have a go at following the step by step below and if anything is confusing then let me know in the comments and I will endeavor to improve the explanation

glitch animation step by step


This is the first result which is the original sequence plus the glitched individual frames added using Mosh

After that it was just a case with experimenting with layers and seeing what other effects could be achieved, this is the same animation with some of the layers simply moved with the move tool.

This sequence has many parts of different layers erased using a large soft eraser brush in Photoshop

The final video has the eyes from all but the base image erased, they were selected with the rectangular marquee tool and deleted. Remember to save the Photoshop file when your basic animation is done, then you’re free to manipulate, distort and create knowing that you don’t have to complete the first steps again.

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