Behind the Scenes: Floral Open Book Image & Animation
A new year, a new chapter. And who knows what is going to blossom in 2019? A new year is like an open book and I’ve yet to discover the adventures within its pages.
Inspired by this thought, I created this floral open book image and animation. It’s a personal project and I thought I would share with you some behind the scenes imagery and my process.
Crafting Paper Flowers
For this image and animation I wanted to use a mixture of elements. Real flowers, paper flowers/leaves and vintage flower illustrations. I’ve used twisted floristry wire for their stems which allows the parts to move freely but remain sturdy.
If I was using these elements in a stop motion animation, this would be particularly important.
Wired and using plasticine to secure the floral elements to the book (very technical I know!) I mounted the book on a stand. This stand will be Photoshopped and edited out after it’s been photographed, to create the levitating effect.
As well as the real and paper flowers, I felt the image needed ‘something’ else. So I decided to add some digital flowers too, to further add a sense of imagined movement to the levitating book.
My workspace is quite small so I photographed the background separately, so I can add this in post-production, again via Photoshop.
With the final photograph of the book with its collage of flowers and background photographed, the final floral open book was composited in Photoshop.
I hadn’t originally intended to animate this image. However, as its a magical levitating book, I decided to actually animate it - dusting off my Photoshop timeline skills.
I adore the Photoshop timeline for adding basic animation effects and creating GIFS.
Photoshop Timeline Top Tip
Convert the layers you want to animate to ‘Smart Objects’ - right click the layer and choose ‘Convert to Smart Object’.
You’ll find you have more animation options such as changing positions, scale and other effects.
Creating the Animation
Below is a GIF of the different parts that make up the floral open book image.
The Final Animation
Primarily, I created this animation to post to social media, specifically Instagram. However, if I ever wanted to use it in a newsletter or here on the blog, I’ve created a GIF version. I used a free tool called EZGIF.com to make the floral open book new year animation into a GIF.