In today’s video tutorial we’re going to have some fun creating what’s known as a Plotagraph, which is a motion picture effect similar to Cinemagraphs, but it’s created from a single still image, rather than a video clip. The name Plotagraph comes from the brand name of the software and the associated community based on this effect, which you can find at Plotagraph.com. The full software is pretty expensive, so I’ve been playing around in Adobe Photoshop to figure out how to create the effect manually. It works by stretching a certain portion of the image using keyframes in the Photoshop animation timeline. Repeating this simple transformation in a loop gives the illusion that the picture is moving.
Skogafoss photo by Kym Ellis – https://unsplash.com/photos/GSyVkoBAWQM