Kev Lavery
Training & Liaison Officer

Creativity Booster

Project Published 9/27/15 Last updated on 6/5/19

Over the course of this year I have been attempting to build my skills in a range of Adobe programs (particularly Photoshop and After Effects). I have given myself a task using the restriction method where I must create as many new animations as possible using the same source material. Each animation must be based around the image you see here (or some derivative of it) - an emblem of sorts that I have created for myself. The animations must also perform a perfect loop so that they can be saved as GIFs. Although not a specific restriction I have also been endeavouring to keep file size small given the nature and use of GIFs.

Skills in programs like Photoshop and After Effects are like muscles in the body - if you exercise them they will grow and strengthen and if not you will begin to lose the ability to do things you once found simple. This exercise has been a great boon for me in terms of my own skills and my creative thinking and problem solving - I can only imagine what students would get out of it.

I look forward to implementing this as a project with one of my classes in the future. It would be great as a weekly or fortnightly task covering the entire year. I can only imagine the sort of creative boost students could get from this. Obviously you could easily change it away from animation to anything else - the restriction and the repetition are the important factors.

This link features a pretty great explanation of the restriction method and some of its benefits.

I've also included links to some of the GIF self portraits and GIF CMYK self portraits I made as part of this task - see below.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Behance

    Showcase and discover creative work.

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 10/6/19 8:06:44 PM Permalink

​It is a booster Thanks for sharing

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/20/18 1:27:14 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing your resources

Jonathan Doyle

Posted on 2/18/16 10:35:05 PM Permalink

Wow that is awesome and I love the story. It is captivating and easy to do I think.

Jamie Leduc

Posted on 1/18/16 12:30:19 PM Permalink

Love it!

Diego Alvarez

Posted on 11/19/15 11:00:40 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing this course.

Christian Gutierrez

Posted on 10/5/15 2:45:08 PM Permalink

Amazing work Kev!!!

I can see how much work you put into it.

Thanks for sharing it.

Kev Lavery

Posted on 10/6/15 1:23:17 AM Permalink

Thanks Christian - it has been a lot of work but it has been really rewarding. I feel like it's really increased my problem solving skills but also given me a great reason to keep working on building my skills in animation (and through little bite sized projects so I don't have to start an enormous new project).