Photoshop: How do I merge photos and create a small video?

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I have a series of pictures taken of the same tree from almost the same spot over many years and all all seasons. Is there any method of displaying the growth and the variations over the year?
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Yes, that is one thing I would love to do. But I need to align all the pictures first, so I can see the development easier. As I mentioned it is the pictures of the same tree, but it is slightly out of line, how do I open the files, so I can drag them around an create an animation, with no disturbance between the pictures?
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I would create a new guide layout on one picture of the tree and make a preset of it View > New Guide (layout) and use that layout to match it with the pictures of the other trees (maybe use Transform)  and save them one by one. After that you can make a video of it. I have seen it with selfportrets of Rembrandt. Focusing on the eyes ...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwLE72M0cxI
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To check if they are aligned well, you could compare the pictures as layers on top of each other en use less opacity on the top one to see if it alignes...
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Create an animated GIF.
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Clifford Johnston

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Stitch together a panorama.
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How are your After Effects skills or Premiere Pro skills?

If you want them to play back like a time-lapse, you could import them as an Image Sequence into AE, create a Composition from them, add any addition elements (title cards, music, etc.) and then export using Adobe Media Encoder.  If they need alignment, you can still use AE, but you'll have to import them as still images, align them, adjust duration and then sequence the images in a Comp.

If you want to give each image a little more time to be viewed, see certain images a little longer than others, or cross dissolve between images (there's a technique called "continuous dissolve" that can make for a strong visual), you could import the images into PR, assemble them in a Timeline and adjust timing fairly quickly using the Speed/Duration dialog box, add any addition elements (title cards, music, etc.) and then export using Adobe Media Encoder.  You could do alignment in PR as well, but it'll be easier in AE.

If you haven't used AE or PR and are interesting in giving one or the other a shot, I'm happy to write up some instructions.



-Warren
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