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Creativity Booster

Posted on 9/27/15 by Kev Lavery Last updated on 6/8/17

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image/emblem

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.

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All Comments (5)

Jonathan Doyle

Posted on 2/18/16 - 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 - Permalink

Love it!

Diego Alvarez

Posted on 11/19/15 - Permalink

Thank you for sharing this course.

Christian Gutierrez

Posted on 10/5/15 - 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 - 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).

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