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Animated GIFs have moved from being something ridiculous to a real creative form over the past few years. The latest big trend is for Cinemagraphs – also known as living photos – which are much loved by both the general public and by clients looking to keep up with what’s hot online.

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A Cinemagraph is a mostly still image with a hint of movement, giving you a glimpse into how that moment in time was experienced by those who were there when the image was taken. Hair and clothing blowing in the wind are common as Cinemagraph subject matter, as are waterfalls and nature.

Though known as ‘living photos’, it’s best to work from video rather than a series of stills captured in burst mode – and the video captured by your digital SLR will more than good enough for this. It will also give the shot the ‘photographic’ feel that viewers associate with Cinemagraphics.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create, edit, tone and export your very own Cinemagraphs in minutes using the Timeline panel in Adobe Photoshop.

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