Rachel Hill Art

Traditional Artist & Digital Designer

How to create an Art Process Video in Photoshop

This blog post outlines how to create an art process video using images in Photoshop. While Photoshop is not custom built for video, you can still create a basic video without installing other Adobe programs such as Premiere Pro. Before following the steps and videos below, ensure that you do the following:

  • Install the latest version of Photoshop after choosing a paid plan from this website. You can purchase Photoshop individually or buy all the applications for a set price each month.
  • Gather all your images from a specific art project in one folder before creating the art process video. It is best practice for all your images to be the same size, but this is not mandatory.
  • Choose an mp3 audio file that matches your art process video and save it in the same folder as your images. Find mp3 files on Wistia.

Creating an art process video

To create an art process video, read the following steps or see the videos at the end. I added a time stamp for some steps so you can locate these easily in the videos.

  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. Click File > Open to open one of your images.
  3. Click Window > Workspace > Motion. This is the correct workspace setting for creating a video.
  4. Click Create Video Timeline at the bottom of your screen.
  5. To add the rest of your images, click the film strip icon, followed by Add Media in the Timeline panel. (Part 1 – 00:20)
  6. Once all the images are loaded in the Timeline, click the space bar to ‘play’ your video.
  7. In case not all of your images fit the frame, click Edit > Transform to scale them. (Part 1 – 00:57)
  8. Adjust aspects such as brightness and contrast of each image, as you would normally do in Photoshop. (Part 1 – 02:02)
  9. To add transitions between the different images, click the square icon in the Timeline panel. Then, you will see different transition options to choose from including Cross Fade and Fade with Color. Drag your preferred transition between different images. (Part 1 – 02:36)
  10. If you want to add audio, click Audio Track in the Timeline panel, followed by the music icon. Then, click Add Audio. Select your mp3 file and subsequently, it appears in the Timeline panel. Drag the end of the mp3 file so that it spans the length of the video. (Part 1 – 03:36)
  11. To add some extra effects to the video, right click on any of the images and select Zoom or another motion option. (Part 1 – 04:18)
  12. Ensure that the play marker is at the start of your video for creating a simple introduction. To do this, click File > Place Linked to bring in your logo. In addition, create a white rectangle and place this underneath the logo. Ensure that the logo and rectangle are the same length and have their own column before the images appear. (Part 1 – 05:40)
  13. If you want to add a logo animation effect, firstly move the logo off screen to the left. Subsequently, click the dropdown beside your logo layer and click the keyframe Position. Next, move the play marker to the right, and then move the logo inwards. As a result, a new keyframe is added that brings the logo animation full circle. (Part 2 – 00:03)
  14. When you are happy with your video, click the Render Video icon. In the option box that opens, select a folder to store the video. Finally, select the H.264 video format and click Render again. (Part 2 – 02:08)


Creating an art process video – Part 1
Creating an art process video – Part 2

To view my final art process video, see this post on my recent drawing ‘Halsey’.

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