Photoshop: Frame based timeline animation in Photoshop

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I want to be able to create painterly animation using Photoshop style brushes and a frame based timeline like that in Flash. Please add flash like timeline controls to photoshop so we can create artistic painterly animations. Or better yet, add photoshop brushes and a flash-like timeline to After Effects so we can then animate the layers with more control than motion tweening flash symbols.
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ROGER BLONDER

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Chris Cox

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Photoshop has both frame and timeline animation modes. Check the options for the timeline palette.
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ROGER BLONDER

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Thanks, Chris. The frame control lets a user draw or paint on a series of frames, but offers no keyframing or timing control. The timeline mode offers After Effects style keyframes which enable a user to move the entire contents of a layer around. Which is nice, but not the same thing as keyframes for drawing over a series of frames with the ability to control and tweak the timing of your drawings when they are played back. A user can create custom keyboard shortcuts for adding new frames and holding frames as I have done, but there is no intuitive way to add, extend of delete frames. What animators need is a timeline with keyframes in it. Just look at the flash timeline and you may understand more. Adding the photoshop brush engine to Flash would be great as well - or adding a flash style timeline to After Effects even better. As things currently stand there is no intuitive way to do painterly animation in a controllable timeline in any adobe product. The only way to do it is either to work out the nuance of your motion in flash and then paint over it in photoshop and bring the animation into after effects for compositing or to paint frames using keyboard shortcuts into photoshop - best accomplished in timeline mode - and then to tweak timing using time remapping in after effects, which is completely inefficient. Thanks again for your reply. Since I see you're an employee there is there any way you could forward this along to those involved with new feature requests or is there another place I can post?
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Are you using Photoshop CS5 (standard) or Photoshop CS5 Extended? Extended allows for frame by frame painting using the After Effects style timeline. (If you look in the Samples folder inside the Photoshop CS5 application folder, you can see an example of an animation created using this process) Look for a file called CheesiPuffs.mov.
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Allison Westbrook

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I think this is a great idea.