Peter French
Digital design teacher

Photoshop Timeline Animation

Lesson Plan Published 8/26/13 Last updated on 4/15/19

This lesson teaches you how to use the Timeline function in Photoshop CS6 (the Animation Panel in Photoshop Extended CS5) to create an animation. It’s FUN! You load the drawings you’ve created for your animation into layers, load them into the Timeline and voila! An animation.

It works well all on its own as a simple tool for creating animations or as a quick way to check your drawings for more complex animations. Explore and enjoy! THIS is empowering.

My students are studying animation very specifically but - you could be creating an animation for virtually any subject. That is what makes this such a 21st century tool. It allows you to bring media literacy, digital literacy and visual literacy and storytelling into your classroom.

  • Photoshop

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

Age Levels
1+ Day
Communication and Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts

This lesson plan assumes that you have already prepared the required images - drawings, photos, etc., for the animation.

Equipment required - a computer loaded with either Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop Extended CS5, and a scanner to capture and load images

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/20/19 10:19:13 PM Permalink

​Great Project

Francesca Sampietro

Posted on 11/28/18 10:46:26 AM Permalink

​Thank you. I was looking for this to plan my own lesson plan.

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 8/6/16 3:04:14 PM Permalink

Really it's very helpful resource
I appreciate your work, thank you for sharing

Julie ODell

Posted on 7/14/16 1:17:51 AM Permalink

Thanks so much for the resource. I can't wait to try it.

Kristine Schiffbauer

Posted on 6/25/15 3:55:38 PM Permalink

I like the potential to adapt storytelling to a variety of subjects.

Tanya Hopper

Posted on 2/11/15 4:59:30 AM Permalink

This is wonderful!

Sheryl Evans

Posted on 7/1/14 3:08:58 AM Permalink

What a fantastic resource. Clear and concise without being overly simple for an introduction to basic animation in Photoshop. Thankyou

wayne coughlan

Posted on 1/8/14 1:11:32 PM Permalink

This is a great resource. We will look at including this into our new curriculum.

wayne coughlan

Posted on 1/8/14 1:06:49 PM Permalink

This is a great resource. We will look at including this into our new curriculum.

Ashley Stroud

Posted on 1/7/14 10:43:09 PM Permalink

What a wonderful resource. It's a perfect introduction to animation and Photoshop's timeline. Thank you!

William Oesch

Posted on 1/7/14 7:01:52 PM Permalink

Great introduction into animation. Thanks.

Meredith Blache

Posted on 11/22/13 10:45:56 PM Permalink

You really should put your name in the document so you get credit for creating it. I am going to add it before distributing to my students (because I know you are amazing, and I am constantly teaching them about copyright and giving credit). Much love to you my AEL family member. Meredith Blache

Meredith Blache

Posted on 11/22/13 10:41:37 PM Permalink

I am going to use this. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Britton

Posted on 10/16/13 1:36:06 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this!