PSD Pop


Watch this PSD brought to life. Read the PicDrift breakdown below to see how it was made.

Project CREDIT: Pierre Meneaud (Patties Foods)

PicDrift Artist Breakdown:

For this project the final design was already made out of the individual PSD layers stacked on top of each other. So, I didn't have to manually cut out all the layers, which was a huge time saver. On the other hand, I needed to organize all the individual different blending options, layer styles, adjustment layers and transparency masks.

With so many layers sharing the same mask or adjustment layer, I manually exported every single layer with all of the adjustments separately as a PNG file, so later, when I import them all into After Effects, they would all look the same as they are in Photoshop.

The most challenging part of the After Effects work, was to figure out how to reveal all the layers separately in 15 seconds, while having in mind the end point needed to be the complete design. So, I stacked them all together, made them all 3D and put the layers beneath farther along the Z-axes. The farther they are the smaller they get, so I scaled them up to maintain the same perception.

After I created the complete 3D scene, I had to decide on the right camera move, which in this case was a dolly pull out with a bit of a rotation, revealing the final design at the end. It took a little trial and error to place the layers at the right place to have them reveal equally, but with some strategic placement and transparency animation, I managed to work it out and ended up with a pretty cool dynamic animation.

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