How to Create a Simple Stop Motion Animation Using Your Smartphone

An easy way to add motion to your image is through creating a stop motion animation. This is when you combine a sequence of still images with gradually moving elements to create a motion video. Although technology is making it a lot easier to achieve this effect, the technique has actually been around for a very long time - I’m sure we are all familiar with the old school claymation show Gumby. 

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I have used this method before to animate a flatlay for our tea time challenge using a clock so I thought it would be perfect to try again for this week’s motion challenge creating some flying butterflies. An easy app to use for creating stop motion videos is iMotion*.

Flatlay backdrop for creating the stop motion

Flatlay backdrop for creating the stop motion

The clock hands I added to add the movement

The clock hands I added to add the movement

The feature I find most useful is the import function of this app where you can import your own sequence of images from your photo gallery and have the app stitch them together into an animated sequence.

The sequence of images with gradual movement I created for the stop motion animation.

The sequence of images with gradual movement I created for the stop motion animation.

I often use iMotion in the Creatively Squared Insta stories to create videos of our winners or grid features. There are other nifty features to this app like time lapse and manual filming to create the sequence but I’m yet to explore these features.

Tip: I have a little workaround where I create a series of images in the Photoshop Mix app rather than photographing each individual frame, the traditional method of stop motion. I use a consistent background image layer [generally my flatlay] and simply add overlay layers. This means I only have to edit one version of the background image which makes it much more time efficient for me as a lot of editing often goes into my flatlays.

 

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To create this image I photographed the butterflies in a few different flying positions and cut them out using the Magic Eraser app on my phone. If you want to use existing assets found online you can also download image cutouts called png files that have transparent backgrounds. To locate these online just google what you are looking for followed by the file extension png.

 

The different butterfly images I used to add motion to my animation

The different butterfly images I used to add motion to my animation

You then simply import these images into iMotion in the sequence you need them to be in. You can change the speed of the video by using the slide bar and select how many frames you want chosen per second. Once you are happy with the speed and sequence, press export and save to your photo gallery and voila, you’ve created a stop motion video!

All the still shots I created that became each frame of the stop motion

All the still shots I created that became each frame of the stop motion

I would love to see you create a stop motion video or two for this week’s challenge.

Happy motion creating!

Marisa xx

*iMotion is only available on iOS but alternative android versions are available.