Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

Adding an element of animation can grab the attention of your readers and bring your images to life. But did you know that you can achieve that effect without video? With Photoshop Actions, you can easily transform an ordinary photo into something fresh and new.

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

We’ve seen this effect in the news and in popular culture; for example, watch how adding some movement to the image enhances the overall effect for TIME Magazine, which recently transformed their ‘Nothing to See Here‘ cover into a powerful animation to convey the chaos of the Trump administration.

TIME’s new cover: Inside Donald Trump’s White House chaos https://t.co/hctIFEcOSG pic.twitter.com/1hSQNrY6JQ

— TIME (@TIME) February 16, 2017

And how the moving pictures in Harry Potter adds to the magic of the movie:

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

These captivating living photos are called cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are still photographs with small repeated movements that loop endlessly to create the illusion that you’re watching a video. See these examples, from Hongkiat:

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions
Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

Below are Photoshop actions you can use to add an element of animation to your images:

Weather effects

Add a weather effect to your photo to transport your audience. Add rain, fog or snow to create the perfect storm or winter scene.

GIF Animated Rain

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

GIF Animated Fog

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

GIF Animated Snow

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

Add a little sparkle…

Infuse light into your work and liven up your images with the below lighting and motion effects.

Twinkle GIF Animation

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

GIF Animated Sparkler 

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

GIF Animated Circles

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

GIF Animated Award Effect

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

32 Animated Effects Action

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

Add more movement

GIF Animated Shatter Action

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions

Animated Double Exposure 

GIF Animated Lines

Turn your photos into video with Photoshop actions