Animated GIFs for Instagram in Photoshop

A course by Andre Rucker
Creative Photographer. Philadelphia, United States.
Joined November 2020
, Creative Photographer

Learn how to photograph, edit, and animate still life photography to create engaging GIFs for social media

  • 95% positive reviews (99)
  • 1954 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to photograph, edit, and animate still life photography to create engaging GIFs for social media

  • 95% positive reviews (99)
  • 1954 students
  • 18 lessons (1h 17m)
  • 13 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Enter the realm of still life animation and develop a new way of looking at the world with creative photographer Andre Rucker. He’s been using the streets and his urban upbringing as inspiration for his playful images for over ten years, collaborating with brands including Anthropologie, Nair, and Myro.

In this course, Andre teaches you how to make fun and colorful GIFs and videos in Photoshop using animated still life images. Learn how to add a creative touch to your content and attract attention on Instagram by animating conventional objects in unconventional settings.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Photoshoot
  • U4
    U4. Post-Production: Photoshop
  • U5
    U5. Looking to the Future
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Andre and the story which inspired his career. Find out how he went from playing video games and skateboarding to becoming a successful creative photographer.

Look at the different types of photo animation you can use to create your GIFs. Explore the differences between stop-motion and post-animation and learn to understand when to use them individually and together. Then develop your concept, plan it out on paper, and prepare for a smooth and successful photoshoot.

Time to start shooting! Discover how to use artificial light to create hard shadows and how to set up a flat surface before shooting your everyday objects and processing your images using Capture One.

Start the post-production process by learning how to cut out each object efficiently and layer them in Photoshop, ready for animation. Andre shares the secrets of the Photoshop timeline and explains the different elements involved in the animation of your images.

Learn what keyframes are and how to use them for professional results before exporting your finished animation ready for social media or your portfolio. To finish the course, Andre shares actionable tips for a career in creative photography.

What is this course's project?

Create a GIF by taking everyday objects and transforming them into fun and colorful still life animations.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in expanding their creative photography abilities or learning how to create still life animations with Photoshop.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of photography and Photoshop is recommended.

You will need a digital camera, a tripod, a computer with Photoshop, a lens, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


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Andre Rucker

A course by Andre Rucker

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Creative Photographer

Andre Rucker is a Philadelphia-based creative photographer. He first started experimenting with still life images after an injury left him unable to practice his skateboarding hobby and later went on to study photography at university.

With ten years of experience as a commercial photographer under his belt, he has worked with brands like Anthropologie, Nair, and Myro. Andre is always looking for new skills to add to his photography toolkit, from 3D printing to animation, and he’s passionate about teaching others how to translate their creative energy into the images they create.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course? - Materials
  • U2


    • Types of Photograph Animation
    • Developing Your Concept
    • Sketch It Out
    • Preparing to Shoot
  • U3


    • Lighting
    • Setup
    • Shooting Individual Pieces
    • Processing
  • U4

    Post-Production: Photoshop

    • Cutting Out Objects
    • Photoshop Timeline
    • Keyframing
    • Exporting
  • U5

    Looking to the Future

    • More Layers
    • Exporting as a GIF for a Website
    • Big Picture Thinking
  • FP

    Final project

    • Animated GIFs for Instagram in Photoshop

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Animated GIFs for Instagram in Photoshop. Photography, and Video course by Andre Rucker

Animated GIFs for Instagram in Photoshop

A course by Andre Rucker
Creative Photographer. Philadelphia, United States.
Joined November 2020
  • 95% positive reviews (99)
  • 1954 students