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Sun Animation

This is the image i started with and went ahead and went to Filter/Render?Lighting to give it a darker morning look.

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After that I created a new layer made a quick sphere and gave it some glow for my sun.

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On my sun layer I went right clicked and chose one of the new option in Photoshop CS2. Group in to Smart Object. (This will keep the mask we will create stay in place)

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As you can see the layer now has a icon in the bottom right telling you this is now a smart object.

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Now we want to add a mask to this layer.

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Select your new mask and grab your Brush tool (low opacity around 30%) and completely mask the mountain area where the sun is now positioned, and above the mountains give it just a little bit of masking so that when we animate the sun will brighness as it comes up.

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Example of my mask layer.

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After that's done create a new layer and change the blend mode to color. Again select your brush tool and a bright orange and paint over some of the areas in the photo, like the sky , wood, and rocks Then set the layer opacity to 0%.

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Now go to Windows/animation.

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For the animation click the add new frame in the animation palette and each one we click the sun layer and move it up just a few pixels. I created 11 layers in this animation.

Around the 6th layer start to increase the opacity on the orange layer. just 2-3% each frame. See the examples below.

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Example of Orange layer Opacity.

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A few of the Frames in my animations showing movement and color change.

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Now click play to see your animation.

Saving- File- Save for web - save it as a .gif.

Sun Animation

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